Young and Hungry

Reluctantly, José Andrés Is Not Serving Squirrel Stew

Among the many classic American recipes that celebrated chef José Andrés has planned for his upcoming pop-up restaurant, America Eats Tavern, opening the weekend of July 4 in the former Cafe Atlantico space, is one regional delicacy of which I am regretfully unfamiliar. That is the burgoo (pictured), described in Wednesday's Express Night Out preview as "a spicy stew from Kentucky that used whatever meat was on hand."

Unfortunately, however, Andrés will not have carte blanche in picking the random meats for his own rendition of the Blue Grass State's culinary treasure.  "I wish I could use squirrel," he says, "but I can't."

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  • Nekojita

    The old (1947) Prudence Penny _The United States Regional Cookbook_ claims that in burgoo feasts of yore, it was traditional for the stew to be blessed by a black preacher whose salary has been paid up to date and who waves a rabbit foot over the stew. O_o

    Does anyone know if this is totally made up by the white, east-coast editors of that book?

    Mind you, this cookbook also refers to broccoli as an unusual, green form of cauliflower eaten only in California.