Crow stew

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Crow stew
Type Stew
Main ingredients Crow
Cookbook: Crow stew  Media: Crow stew

Crow stew is a stew made primarily from the meat of a crow. Crow stew may include onion, bacon fat, crow, flour and sour cream.[1] According to Guy Chassagnard's Dictionary of French Cuisine, crow has "very tough meat", but can be "placed on the lid of a large cooking pot" to create "crow stew".[2]

An early reference to crow stew in the United States appears in an account of Prince Achille Murat. While living in and around St. Augustine, Florida from 1821 to his death in 1847, Murat was known to prepare and enjoy "crow stew", which he "served to his dinner guests."[3]

The modern, sour cream-based crow stew appears to have originated during the 1930s, at the time of the Great Depression. It appears in several publications at that time, including Nebraskaland (1933) and Outdoor Indiana (1936).[4][5]

The restaurant Café Kör in Budapest, Hungary, has served crow stew.[6]

Other uses[edit]

The term crow stew is also sometimes used as a pun, referring to the idiom eating crow. In an April 4, 1982 Chicago Tribune article titled, “Money can put the Sox, Cubs on top”, the Chicago-based sports writer Dave Condon predicted that the Chicago Cubs baseball team would defy expectation and have a winning season.[7] However, as the Cubs’ season neared the end, the team was 19 games behind the first place Cardinals and was not expected to make the playoffs.[8] As the Cubs prepared to host the rival Mets team, “Condon figured that the Mets would arrive in town with a menu for him of ‘crowburger, crow fricassee, crow pizza, crow stew, crow a la Gekas, and just plain crow for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.”[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gray, Rebecca (1997). Eat Like a Wild Man: 110 Years of Great Sports Afield Recipes. Minocqua, WI: Willow Creek Press. p. 174. ISBN 9781572230880. 
  2. ^ Chassagnard, Guy (1996). Dictionnaire Multilingue de la Cuisine Française Et De La Restauration. Nice, France: Segnat Publications. p. 144. ISBN 290108222X. 
  3. ^ De La Souchére Deléry, Simone (1999). Napoleon's Soldiers in America. Gretna, Louisiana: Pelican Publishing. p. 152. ISBN 1565546598. 
  4. ^ Indiana Department of Natural Resources (May 1936). Outdoor Indiana. 3–4.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Nebraska Game, Forestation and Parks Commission (1933). Nebraskaland. 8–20: 216.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ Emma. "The vast specials board at cafe Kor, Which includes Crows stew!". Twitpic. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  7. ^ Lambert, Scott (2007). Covering the Cubs: Examining "Chicago Tribune"'s Coverage of the Chicago Cubs and Tribune Company. Illinois: Southern Illinois University, ProQuest. p. 56. ISBN 0549224041. 
  8. ^ "1982 Major League Baseball Standings". Major League Baseball Standings. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  9. ^ Feldmann, Doug (2009). Miracle Collapse: The 1969 Chicago Cubs. Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press. p. 231. ISBN 0803226373. 

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