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Hobo Stew or Mulligan Stew

By definition, Mulligan stew is made up of any available ingredients this recipe is attributed to the movie Emperor of the North” starring Lee Marvin

Before you begin you’ll need: large pot, Prep: about 20 minutes, and cooking time 1 hour 45 minutes, Yield 8 servings

2 cups water                                                       1lb. Turnips, cubed

1 cube chicken bouillon                                       1 tsp. salt, or to taste

2 lbs. lamb, beef or chicken for stew                    ˝ tsp. pepper, pr to taste

2 lbs. potatoes cubed, divided                              2 Tbsp. malt vinegar

1 lb. onions, chopped

In a large pot over medium-high heat, bring water to a boil. Add bouillon cube to dissolve. Add lamb, beef or chicken and return to the boil. Add half the potatoes, reduce heat to medium, cover, and simmer 45 minutes. Stir in onions, turnips, and remaining potatoes, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes, Add salt, pepper, and malt vinegar, the simmer, uncovered, for 10 more minutes. Serve hot.

Of course this is Mulligan stew, so substitute ingredients are welcome, and it’ll still be an authentic hobo stew. I used beef and lightly browned it before adding it to the pot, and substitute carrots for turnips. This makes a very good meal for a cold winter day.

The National Hobo Convention in Britt, Iowa held Mid August every year. This is for hobos, retired hobos, and those who have what is called a “hobo’s heart.” they make hobo stew to be served at the convention, and they start with nine hundred pounds of beef. For more information, go to www,brittchamberofcommerce.com/Hobo/.