Senator McConnell's Burgoo

Recipe Description

[ Home Cookin' Kentucky Recipes] from the Office of Senator Mitch McConnell, public domain government resource—original source of recipe

The ingredients and time needed to complete this recipe can seem overwhelming, but it can be quite simple if you allow yourself two days to complete.
* Cook Time: About 2 days to complete
* Makes: One gallon


  • 1 x 4-to-5 pound chicken|hen
  • 1 pound beef stew meat
  • 1 pound veal stew meat
  • 4 large beef bone or knuckle bones
  • 4 quarts water
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  • 6 onions, finely chopped
  • 2 bell pepper|green peppers, finely chopped
  • 1 medium turnip, finely diced
  • 8-10 tomatoes, peeled and chopped
  • celery, carrot, onion, parsley
  • 2 cups shelled fresh Lima bean|butter beans
  • 1 x 10 oz. can tomato paste|tomato puree
  • 2 cups thinly sliced celery
  • 2 cups finely chopped cabbage
  • 1 red pepper pod
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  • 2 cups fresh okra, sliced
  • 2 cups fresh corn (6 ears)
  • ¼ cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce|Worcestershire
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar|sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons coarse black pepper
  • ½ unpeeled lemon, seeded
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper|cayenne


  1. Combine the #Group 1|Group 1 ingredients in a large pot, bring to a boil, cover and simmer for four hours.
  2. Let cool and strain.
  3. Finely cut chicken and meat, remove all skin, bone and gristle. (This is a perfect time to use kitchen scissors.) Return meat to stock and refrigerate.
  4. The following day skim off half of the congealed fat from the top of the stock. Return pot to stove, add the ingredients in #Group 2|Group 2.
  5. Simmer for one hour until thick.
  6. Cut corn twice and scrape cobs for milk.
  7. Add this along with the remaining #Group 3|Group 3 ingredients to the pot.
  8. Cook, uncovered, at 300 °F for two hours until the consistency is a thick stew.
  9. Serve in mugs and sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley.
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