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Red Flannel Stew

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours


5 servings

When I was a child, every Saturday night was red flannel night. Grandpa and I wore our red flannel long underwear to supper and Grandma, the cook, dressed in a long calico dress and sunbonnet. We’d eat this stew spooned over fluffy southern-style biscuits. Grandma learned to make the stew from earlier generations of our family. —Kathy Padgett, Diamond City, Arkansas
Red Flannel Stew Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 whole fresh beets, washed, trimmed and halved
  • 6 cups water, divided
  • 1 pound corned beef brisket, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 small carrots, sliced
  • 1 large potato, cubed
  • 1 small turnip, peeled and cubed
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon each dried parsley flakes, basil and thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  1. In a large saucepan, bring beets and 4 cups water to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until tender, 20-25 minutes. Drain, reserving 2 cups cooking liquid. Peel and dice beets; set aside.
  2. In the same pan, combine the corned beef, carrots, potato, turnip, onion, seasonings, remaining water and reserved cooking liquid. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until meat and vegetables are tender, 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours. Stir in diced beets; heat through.
  3. Freeze option: Freeze cooled stew in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally; add water if necessary.

Nutrition Facts

1-1/3 cups: 209 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 881mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 11g protein.

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