America’s Foods: Mulligan Stew

Posted by on Jan 29, 2015 in Community News



This week’s warm winter soup is Mulligan Stew, a classic recipe from early America brought across the sea from Ireland that combines vegetables, potatoes, and meat (sorry to you vegetarians out there!) in boiling water. Known as a peasant’s food, there is no traditional way of making the stew, because it can be created with many different ingredient combinations. A hearty recipe we’ve found could include:

  • 1/2 cup onions
  • 1/2 cup carrots
  • 1/2 cup celery
  • 1/2 cup turnips
  • 4 potatoes
  • 2 pounds of meat, including pork, venison, or chicken (optional)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pint of water or chicken stock
Cook the meat for one hour ahead of time, adding salt and pepper occasionally to spice things up. Add all of the other ingredients and let that cook in the water for another hour. Feel free to add any other vegetables you want to the soup – you never know what you’ll like until you try! We’ve even heard of such ingredients in Mulligan Stew like tomato soup, mushrooms, garlic, parsley, beans, and rice!
With Winter Storm Juno having just passed, the people of New England are settling in and getting ready for some time inside, away from the cold. If you have any heartwarming recipes you’d like to suggest for the winter months, send a message over to and get your recipe featured in our newsletter!

Stay warm, patriots!