Fred Ludwig Sr. (Papaw) did not cook many meals. In fact, other
Stew, Pinto Beans and BBQ (especially mutton), I think he was forbidden into the
kitchen. But his Mulligan stew was always one of my favorites. I watched him
make this numerous times as he painstakingly cut up a large chuck roast.
Then it would simmer for hours until the meat was very tender.
4-5 lb. chuck roast
1/4 cup Crisco shortening
6 russet potatoes, cut into 3/4-1" pieces
1 large onion, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
4-6 cups water
2 tbl. All purpose flour
3 tbl. Salt
3 tbl. Fresh Black Pepper
Cut the chuck roast into pieces approx. 3/4-1" in size, removing any excess
fat. Put into a bowl and sprinkle the salt and pepper, then mix well to evenly
coat the meat. Into a preheated pot, add the Crisco and when melted and very
hot, add the meat. Brown the meat quickly, increase the heat if the meat does
not sizzle. When brown, add the onion and cook for two minutes, stirring often.
Reduce the heat, add the 2 tbl . Flour cook for 1 minute. Add the water and
reduce heat to low. Cook about 1 1/2 hour, then add the potato's and cook an
additional 1 hour uncovered. Taste and add salt and pepper if needed.
A large bowl of this and saltine crackers are hard to beat on a cold, rainy day.