Sunday, January 6, 2013

Girl Scout Camp Stew

I'm not sure where I came across the "original" recipe for Girl Scout Camp Stew, but my version is leaner (ground turkey instead of ground beef), meaner (jalapeños), and adultified (i.e., fortified with a couple shots of whiskey)...Oh yeah, baby! After a cursory search on the web, I found many iterations of this eponymous concoction, but the recurring ingredients seem to be ground meat, chopped onions, canned tomatoes, corn, elbow macaroni and cheese. I can't take credit for the whiskey addition though - we had made (i.e., modified) this recipe in a Dutch oven over a camp fire on a couple of our desert camping trips years ago, and my sis EE was the one to suggest the whiskey shots. So simple and homey, yet so delish! Anyhoo, since we haven't gone camping for awhile, I thought I'd try this dish stovetop in the kitchen. Except for the campfire aroma, it's as good and addictive as I remember it to be. 



Ingredients:
2-3 lbs. ground turkey
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 lb. frozen or canned corn
1 red or yellow onion, chopped
3 15-oz cans stewed or fire-roasted diced tomatoes (to your taste)
2 jalapeño chiles, seeded and choppped
1-2 of your fav cooked sausages, chopped (I like Aidell's apple sausage)
3 tbsp. whiskey or bourbon
1 tbsp. salt
1 tsp. granulated garlic
1 tsp. black pepper
2 tsp. dried minced onion or onion powder
16 oz. (4 cups) elbow macaroni
4 cups water

8 oz. package of shredded light Mexican blend cheese
Crystal Hot Sauce or Tabasco

1. I a large pan or Dutch oven, add olive oil and heat over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onion and cook for 1-2 minutes. Stir in the ground turkey, sausage and jalapenos and saute until the meat is cooked through.

2. Add corn, tomatoes, whiskey, salt, granulated garlic, black pepper, dried minced onion, macaroni, and water. Stir, cover, and cook over medium low heat 20 minutes or until pasta is done. Taste halfway through cooking and re-season as needed. 

3. Stir in cheese just before serving. Serve with Crystal Hot Sauce or Tabasco on the side, just in case anyone likes theirs extra spicy. 


Granulated garlic, black pepper, dried minced onion, and bourbon whiskey.


Canned stewed tomatoes.


1 lb. frozen corn. This is the roasted frozen corn from Trader Joe's.

Chopped onion, jalapeños, and sausage. If you don't have sausage, you can always substitute with 4-5 strips of bacon (diced).

Saute the onion in 1 tbsp. of olive oil.

Add the ground turkey, sausage and jalapenos.

Add the corn, stewed tomatoes, whiskey, salt, granulated garlic, black pepper, and dried minced onion.

Stir in macaroni and water. Cover and cook over medium low about 20-30 minutes or until pasta is done.

Once pasta is done, turn off heat and stir in shredded cheese.

Voila! 

Serve with Crystal Hot Sauce or Tabasco on the side.

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