Mary and Charlie Charles' Hopkins County Stew
Recipe courtesy Mary and Charlie Charles
- Total Time:
- 4 hr
- 2 hr
- 2 hr
- 10 plus gallons
- 10 large frying chickens
- 2 gallons cream-style canned corn
- 3 (28-ounce) cans whole tomatoes
- 2 (46-ounce) cans vegetable juice (recommended: V-8 brand)
- 2 (46-ounce) cans tomato juice
- 20 pounds Irish potatoes, diced
- 8 pounds onions, diced
- 1 (2-ounce) bottle chili powder (recommended: Mexene brand)
- 1 small bottle seasoning salt (recommended: Morton brand)
- 1 cup sugar
- Salt and pepper
Cook chicken until tender in a 10-gallon (or larger) cast iron pot outdoors, over a hardwood fire. Use just enough water to cover the chicken as it simmers. When chicken is tender, remove it from pot and reserve broth. There should be about 4 gallons left after chicken is finished cooking. Bone, skin and dice chicken into bite-sized pieces.
Place diced chicken, cream-style corn, tomatoes, vegetable juice, tomato juice, potatoes, onions, chili powder, and seasoning salt into the pot of reserved broth and heat over open fire stirring frequently to prevent scorching until potatoes are tender. Add sugar, then season with salt and pepper, to taste. Continue to simmer stew over fire pit until serving time.
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