Food

Taste Of States – This Week – Burgoo

Welcome To Taste of States a place where we celebrate the weird and wonderful food of the United States of America. This can be everything from the snacks that are available for a limited time to the foods that are classic traditions at events such as Christmas and Thanksgiving! Each week we will explore the facts and the history surrounding a different food.

BURGOO

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A lot of the times on this article we look at snacks and drinks that are available for limited times, well ever so often we like to look at traditional dishes that are available from different areas of the United States and for todays dish we are heading to the states of Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana and West Virginia to have a look at something that has the name of Roadkill Soup but is predominantly known as Burgoo.

There are a lot of discussions as to where the original idea for the dish came from but a lot of the history state that it potentially came over from England in the 19th century or that it was invented by a French Chef, whatever the actually facts that are correct lets have a look at what the dish actually is.

Burgoo is a stew that combines meat and vegetables and is thickened by things such as cornmeal or potato starch. Common meats that are used in the stew include pork, chicken, mutton or beef and common vegetables include lima beans, okra, corn, cabbage, potatoes and tomatoes. It was also a strew that was made with whatever was available – so this could also include things such as venison. squirrel, raccoon and game birds.

There are lots of restaurants that sell Burgoo and some towns even have social events where it is the start of the show. There are also many different varieties depending on what place you visit and a lot of places take pride in theirs.

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