Derby Stew

Ask each child to bring his or her favorite vegetable (enough to equal 1 cup chopped)  4-6 ounces of their favorite meat, cooked.  (You might want to be prepared with a can of chopped tomatoes and a can of pinto or kidney beans in case no child brings those.)

  • 2 cans condensed soup - cream of potato or cream of chicken
  • 2 cups water

Wash the vegetables and give each child a safe utensil to cut up his or her vegetable.  Mix the ingredients together, put into a 4-6 quart slow cooker and cover with water.  Cover the slow cooker, set it on high, and cook for one hour.  


Burgoo Stew is a traditional Kentucky Derby entree.  A cross between stew and chili, it may be too spicy for young children.  Instead have children create their "own" Derby stew.


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