When this spicy stew's simmering on the stove, Beverly McDowell's family has a hard time waiting for dinner. "It's much like a thick tomato-based soup with a hearty mix of okra, brown rice and beans," she writes from Athens, Georgia. "Everyone leaves the table feeling satisfied...and eager to have it again soon."
"Here in the Northwest, we have a seemingly endless supply of seafood, so we're always searching for creative new recipes," reveals Renton, Washington cook Jennie Benjaminson. "This thick hearty stew was a big hit when I served it one year on Father's Day. My dad loved it! And so did everyone else."
To lighten up this recipe, I use ground turkey breast and fat-free gravy. This hearty stew is also good served over your favorite pasta, biscuits or leftover mashed potatoes.
Mary Tallman - Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin
From Waupaca, Wisconsin, Barbara Lane shares the recipe for a hearty barley stew that's sure to take the edge off cool-weather days. "Sometime I substitute millet for the barley," she suggests. "I pre-toast it in a skillet over medium heat, just until it starts to pop. It adds a nice nutty flavor.
Everyone, especially kids, will be thrilled with this hearty stew, chock-full of hot dog bites and baked beans with a dash of liquid smoke. Dorothy Erickson of Blue Eye, Missouri shares this dish that's great at a summer cookout or on a cool fall evening.
"A friend who lives in Florida shared the recipe for this flavorful stew that's seasoned with chili powder and orange juice concentrate," informs Carolyn Hayes of Marion, Illinois. "My husband really enjoys it, so I make it often."
"This hearty stew is oh-so-tasty, with a good variety of vegetables and spicy seasoning blend," writes Betty Jean Howard of Prineville, Oregon. "My husband and I enjoy if often. It's the perfect way to warm up a cool evening. Sometimes, I add a can of chopped green chilies for a little more heat."