Kentucky’s most famous stew is called Burgoo and often served at large gatherings. Burgoo dates to back before the Civil War and legend has it that it was invented by a French chef. During our visit, Kentucky was cold and damp, and this treat was definitely in order for the dogs. We used dog friendly vegetables and seasonings which made for a delicious meal. Locals say that you shouldn’t be able to stand a spoon in it. Good thing that dogs don’t use utensils! This recipe makes a lot, so portion out once cool and freeze in air tight containers to yummy leftovers! Can you share? Of course, but you may want to add a bit of salt for yourself.
2 tablespoons olive oil
3-4 pounds boneless beef ribs cut into small pieces
2 pounds stew meat cut small pieces
1 pound chicken breast cut into small pieces
1 green, bell pepper chopped
1 cup organic, frozen kale
1 carrot chopped
1 quart unsalted chicken broth
1 quart unsalted beef broth
2 cups of crushed tomatoes
1 cup frozen green peas
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon basil
Heat olive oil on medium-high heat in a large soup pot. Working in batches, brown all the meat on both sides. Remove meat and put in a bowl.
Add the vegetables to the pot and brown them as well. When the vegetables are brown, add back the meats and add seasoning and broth. Bring to a simmer, cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 2 hours.
Let cool completely before serving to your dog. You may serve over brown rice pasta or brown rice.
Disclaimer: This is meant as a treat and not a regular meal replacement. Always consult a vet before making any changes to your dog’s diet.