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    Midwest Living's Bouja / Burgoo

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    2 hrs 20 mins

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    2 hrs

    Hey Jude's Note:

    Bouja is traditionally an upper Midwest (Minnesota) stew, while Burgoo is a specialty of the lower Midwest (Kentucky). In either case, it's what I would call a 'stew of opportunity', meaning that whatever you have on hand is what goes into the pot. In the past, squirrels were a main ingredient of the Burgoo. Anyway, I found this delicious combination recipe in Midwest Living and it made my house smell yummy, you can add squirrel if you like!

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    1. 1
      In a large cooking pot, cook the chicken in 1 tablespoon hot cooking oil until no pink remains; remove the chicken from the pot, cover and chill but reserve the drippings in the pot.
    2. 2
      Brown the cubed beef chuck in the remaining drippings in the pot, adding more oil if needed.
    3. 3
      Add the water, chopped onion, instant bouillon granules and the dried thyme to the pot; bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 1 hour.
    4. 4
      Add the remaining ingredients to the cooking pot and stir to combine; return the mixture to boiling, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes more, or until vegetables and meat are tender.
    5. 5
      Stir in the cooked chicken and heat through; season to taste with some salt and some additional pepper, if you like.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 27, 2014


      I can't rate this as Bouja/Burgoo as I have never heard of it (despite growing up in KY) but but I omit the chicken and this is the best beef vegetable soup ever!

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    • on July 03, 2004

      Here in Central Minnesota, where the stew is called BOUJA, we put a handful of Pickling spices into a mesh bag and leave it there until the taste is almost addictive. But, the the meats and vegetable collection looks about right. I think the decision about squirrel meat depends on their diet. If those critters have been living on Pine Cones, they can spoil a pot of stew real quick. Bill

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    • on February 10, 2004

      Hey Jude. I am from Kentucky and have been eating burgoo all my life. I have never heard of adding squirrel. The Churches is this area sell burgoo by the gallons at their summer picnics. My husband and I just made 15 gallons ourselves. Our recipe is quite different from yours. I liked this one but it tasted more like a soup.

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    Nutritional Facts for Midwest Living's Bouja / Burgoo

    Serving Size: 1 (386 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 249.0
    Calories from Fat 65
    Total Fat 7.2 g
    Saturated Fat 2.2 g
    Cholesterol 74.0 mg
    Sodium 736.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 19.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.7 g
    Sugars 3.4 g
    Protein 27.9 g

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