Gluten Free Brunswick Stew

Restaurants have long known the secret, that today’s leftovers can be reinvented into tomorrow’s soups and stews.  It eliminates waste and makes good economic sense too.  I try to follow this principle in my own kitchen by using every last bit of food so that nothing goes to waste.

Brunswick Stew was always a restaurant favorite of mine.  This thick, spicy stew is the ideal way to use up leftovers.  So, when I made pulled pork earlier this week, I put aside some of the meat to make this easy stew.  I added chicken as well, and the rest of the ingredients are pantry staples.

I’m excited to tell you that no oddball ingredients were needed to make Brunswick Stew gluten free.  Of course, when dining out always check with the kitchen to be sure it is safe to order.  At home, you know what to do.  Check labels when using canned products, condiments and seasonings.

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Ingredients:

 Preparation:

Shred 3 cups total of leftover pulled pork and/or chicken.  I used 2 cups of leftover pulled pork and 1 cup cooked chicken (meat from one leg quarter).  Look it over carefully to be sure there are no bones.  I also removed most of the visible fat.

In a 4 qt. nonstick soup pot, heat olive oil and butter until melted.  Add the diced onion and cook until translucent.

Make a space in the center of the pan and add the tomato paste.

Let it toast for a minute then add the stock, tomatoes, BBQ Sauce, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and seasonings.

Finally add the fire roasted corn and stir everything together.

Keep it on a low simmer until all ingredients are heated through, about 20 minutes.  Remember, most of the ingredients are already cooked, so we are warming it up and giving the flavors a chance to meld together.  Like all soups and stews, this one is even better the next day!

Notes ♪♫ As you add the ingredients be sure to taste for seasoning.  If you held back on the pepper flakes and BBQ Seasoning, you could add a bit more for those who like it spicy.  If you prefer a sweeter taste add another tsp. of brown sugar.

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Gluten Free Thanksgiving Casserole

Imagine your Thanksgiving dinner, layered and baked lasagna style.  The stuffing, the turkey, the potatoes and the gravy.  I even snuck in a few green beans, in a nod to the green bean casserole!

You can make each layer from scratch for a casual take on the traditional Thanksgiving meal or throw it together the next day with your Thanksgiving leftovers!

Inspired by the “Thanksgiving in a Bucket” craze from years ago, this layered casserole takes the idea to a whole new level and makes an impressive presentation.  Oh, and it’s completely gluten free!

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What you will need:

The Turkey:

3 cups leftover turkey (light or dark meat)

OR make a batch of my Gluten Free Turkey Gravy.  You will have both the turkey meat and the gravy for serving!

The Stuffing:

Use leftover stuffing

OR make a batch of my Gluten Free Cornbread Stuffing

OR make a batch of Gluten Free stuffing using packaged bread cubes!

The Sweet Potato:

  • 1 large, sweet potato, peeled and baked (or boiled) until soft
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • pinch of salt

 

The White Potato:

  • 1 large baking potato, peeled and baked (or boiled) until soft
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1/4 cup milk or half n half
  • pinch of salt

The Gravy:

Make this Fast and Easy Gluten Free Gravy in minutes

OR did you make my Gluten Free Turkey Gravy?

Finishes and Garnish

 Put it All Together!

Assembly is a snap.  Coat a casserole dish with cooking spray.  Spread the stuffing evenly over the bottom of the dish.

Layer the turkey over the stuffing.

Top the turkey with a layer of potato, alternating bands of white and sweet.

Finish it off with a border of green beans!

Spoon cream of mushroom soup over the white potato.

Cover with foil and bake at 350◦ for 35 minutes.  Remove the foil and bake 15 minutes more.  Garnish with fresh rosemary and serve with the Roast Turkey Gravy.

This comfort meal has become a tradition at our house, I make it from scratch in early November to get in the holiday mood.  Then I make it again with our leftovers on Thanksgiving weekend.

Start a new tradition at your house with this family friendly comfort meal.

Happy Thanksgiving from our home to yours!

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