The Panthers didn’t do themselves any favors this past week by dropping their second game this season to the New Orleans Saints, and now find themselves in a precarious position in the NFC playoff race. It is very unlikely they can win the division, and the Falcons are hot on their heels for a wildcard spot. This game against the Minnesota Vikings is an extremely tough one, and one that they really need to win.
The game on Sunday will be a cold one, and it might even be a bit snowy. Accumulating snow is unlikely, but it will certainly be colder than your average Panthers game. The Vikings are no longer an outdoor team, and Case Keenum has not played outdoors for the Vikings in any kind of winter weather, so they don’t have any real kind of advantage in this one other than maybe a higher cold tolerance from living there. For fans going to the game, hot food is going to be a must have. This week, we have just the recipe to satisfy that.
North Carolina style Brunswick Stew
- 1 whole rotisserie chicken (pre cooked from grocery store works great)
- 1 lb. Pork Barbecue, fully cooked (procure from your local Q joint)
- 1 lb. Lima Beans
- 1 lb. Corn
- 4 medium Potatoes, diced
- 1 can Tomato Sauce - 8oz.
- 2 cans Tomato Paste - 4oz
- ½ stick Butter
- ¼ cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- ¼ cup Texas Pete Hot Sauce
- ¼ cup Ketchup
- 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
- 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
- 1 teaspoon Salt
Note: You can do this recipe either in a big stock pot or a slow cooker. I have had success both ways, and actually prefer the slow cooker. When using a slow cooker simply dump all ingredients together into the cooker, and cook on the lowest setting. You’ll want to add the veggies first and then cover with water as step 6 indicates.
- Add beans, corn, potatoes to pot.
- Add enough water to cover the vegetables by about 2 inches.
- Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until vegetables are tender. About one hour.
- While the vegetables cook, pull the chicken meat from the bones.
- Shred chicken into small pieces.
- When vegetables are done, remove any excess liquid, leaving just enough to reach top of vegetables.
- Add tomato sauce, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, salt, pepper, butter, hot sauce, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce.
- Stir well.
- Add chicken, pork bbq, and ketchup to pot, stir well.
- Return to stove top and simmer on medium, stirring often, until warm, prior to serving.
- Stock or additional water may be added if needed to obtain desired consistency.
With Brunswick stew, you can really add anything you want to it. I like to add carrots and sometimes okra. Others do just chicken, or just pork, or even beef. It really is a matter of taste, but the above recipe is how I prefer it.