This week I have a -couple- of goodies to post, but I’ll start today with a family favorite for cold nights, “Homer Stew”. I explain in the video above a bit about WHY the name is what it is. It was my grandfather’s recipe that the railroad guys would fix, though I have heard later in life it should be credited more specifically to, Johnny Bryant of Crenshaw, Mississippi.
I spent my Summers as a child at my Grandmother’s in Hardy, Mississippi. She was the widow of a railroad man (Homer Brown) and lived in the SMALL Railroad house… Maybe 20-30 feet off the tracks. The whole house would rumble as it passed. It was a comforting feeling, not obtrusive as you might think. It was kind of like an old friend who passed to check on you each morning and night… you’d wave, peek out the window, scurry up the old Mimosa Tree for a closer look, check your flattened penny you had left on the track. At night we would sit on the porch swing and rock and rock.
Crickets taking the soprano part… tree frogs, alto and the low pitch of the porch swing as your feet shuffled percussion softly underneath.
Sometimes quiet. Sometimes talk of the day. Sometimes shelling those last basket of beans… always looking for the “City of New Orleans”. She passed at night back then, and you could see inside her car windows. Warm, yellow, lights with curtains pulled back. I always imagined they were have a fancy meal while traveling the country. Yeh, I fell in love with those iron horses young.
There is something VERY IMPORTANT about spending a lot of time with people older than than us. I am blessed to have had that, i learned stuff no school could have ever given me.
The recipe is not a fancy one… not an expensive one but is a good one to share and was placed once in a church cookbook next to this Proverb(28:27) “He that giveth to the poor, shall not lack…” I really like that and so i try not to ever make it that i don’t ask someone over to share.
1 pound of cubed beef or hamburger meat
1 chopped onion
2 cloves of garlic
8-10 potatoes chopped
(4) 8 oz cans of tomato sauce
(2) cans of kidney beans
salt & pepper to taste
Brown the beef and onion
(if beef is not lean… DRAIN the grease)
Add just enough water to cook the chopped potatoes
add all other ingredients to the water and potatoes.
want more of a chili twist to your beef stew???
Use 2 pounds of lean ground beef (instead of the one above)
Add these additional spices:
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper powder
EITHER WAY YOU MAKE IT… TOP WITH:
sharp (or extra sharp) cheddar
and plain jane saltine crackers
PERFECT for game day too!