Green Bay Booyah Recipe

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Have you ever eaten booyah in a booyah? I have, and it is. On cold fall days, giant pots of warm, velvety booyah are made over the open fire and served to the community at booyah events, to raise money and feed many hungry people. Get in line early, because they almost always sell out!

Both booyah takes up to two days to make; Some booyah cooks make elaborate graphics to distribute work evenly and keep things organized. It is a community effort and a great way to work together as well. Everything is added to the pot at different times, resulting in an exceptional meal.

If you are a big fan of bone broth, this soup is definitely for you. Use short ribs and chicken to make the richest broth you've ever tasted, and it's packed with vegetables. I could live on booyah, it's so delicious.

So grab your biggest pot and get to work! This authentic booyah recipe is made directly on the stove, but I cut it down to feed a family rather than an entire city.

What is booyah?

A booyah can be the stew of the community event where booyah is eaten. It's not confusing at all, because you really can't have one without the other!

Booyah is sometimes spelled booya, bouja, boulyaw, or bouyou, but whatever happens, it's a hearty, healthy stew made with chicken, beef, or pork and carrots, peas, cabbage, tomatoes, and potatoes. It is one of the few regional recipes that are made with what is at hand, such as Mulligan stew, gumbo or burgoo.

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Where did Booyah originate?

Booyah is believed to have origins in Belgium, and may come from the French word for "broth"; the way it is pronounced is very similar to "booyah". But how Green Bay Booyah became Green Bay Booyah,

In 1906, a Green Bay teacher, Andrew Rentmeester, wanted to raise money for his school and came up with the idea of ​​serving the Belgian dish, the broth, at the event. He collected beef and chickens from the neighbors for the hearty stew. The journalist covering the event scribbled "booyah" instead of broth, and the rest is booyah story!

What is the difference between Booyah and chicken soup?

In case you're wondering what's the big deal between the two, there are several ways to differentiate booyah from old-fashioned chicken soup:

  • Booyah cooks longer. The chicken breaks into pieces and becomes almost indistinguishable.
  • Booyah also uses beef, and sometimes even pork is added. The jelly inside the meat bones makes the soup so good for you and gives the stew a silky texture.
  • Vegetables, many vegetables, are added to booyah. They are as important as meat.
  • Booyah is generally made in large batches, rather than smaller pots.
  • However, both chicken soup and booyah are excellent for the cold season.

How long does it take to make Green Bay Booyah?

I admit it's a bit of a process to make authentic Booyah, but it's worth it. You must reserve part of the day to make a good booyah.

The key step in the process is to strain the cooked onions and celery from the broth after the meat is cooked. That way, the rich beef and chicken bone broth stays clear and the buoy stays bright and colorful once cabbage, carrots, and tomatoes are added.

Onions and celery: they have given everything they have to the broth; you can let them go

Can you freeze Booyah?

If you have leftovers, booyah freezes wonderfully. Of course, if you wanted to send some to my address, I wouldn't say no … I would say

Northeast Wisconsin loves its Green Bay Booyah, a rich meat and chicken stew that is prepared in large quantities outdoors to feed hungry crowds.

  • 2 1/2 pounds bone-in ribs, cut
  • 2 1/2 pounds bone-in chicken thighs, trimmed
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 2 finely chopped onions
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 cups of small head grated cabbage
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 8 ounces kohlrabi peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces (1-2 small)
  • 1 pound russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces (1 large)
  • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced ​​1/4 inch thick
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice (1 lemon)

To cook meat and chicken:

  • Dry beef and chicken with paper towels and season on both sides with salt and pepper.
  • In a large Dutch oven (at least 5 1/2 quarts) or in a stock pot, heat olive oil until steaming. Brown the meat everywhere, about 10 minutes in total. Remove from the pot and set aside.
  • Cook chicken until golden brown, about 10 minutes total. Remove from the pot aside. When the chicken is cold enough to handle, remove and discard the skin. Reserve potted fat.
  • Over medium-high heat, cook the onions and celery in fat until softened, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add the broth and bay leaves, scraping off any golden pieces at the bottom of the pot. Add the ribs and chicken again, and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until chicken is 175 degrees on an instant read thermometer, about 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Remove the chicken from the pot. When the chicken is cold enough to handle, remove and discard the bones. Cut the chicken into small pieces. Cover and refrigerate chicken.

To make the stew:

  • Continue cooking the stew until the meat is tender, about 60 to 75 minutes more. Remove the meat from the pot. When the meat is cold enough to handle, remove and discard fat and bone.
  • Strain the broth through a fine mesh strainer, discarding the solids. Allow the liquid to settle, about 5 minutes, then remove the fat and return the liquid to the pot (see recipe notes).
  • Add the shredded meat, cabbage, diced tomatoes, and juice, kohlrabi, potato, and carrots again. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until all vegetables are tender, 30 to 35 minutes.
  • Add chicken, peas, and lemon juice until completely heated through. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Recipe Notes

To remove as much fat from the broth as possible, refrigerate the broth after filtering the solids for 8 hours or overnight (store beef, chicken, and vegetables in the refrigerator). The next day, the fat will have risen and hardened and can be easily removed. Continue with step 9, again adding the meat and vegetables to the broth as you heat it up.


Calories :: 354kcal


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