My great Auntie Boots was hands down my favorite aunt. We had a special connection, her real name was Lois but everybody had called her Boots because when she was little she would walk around the fire station that her dad worked at in his fireman’s boots. Her original recipe calls for beef chuck, but I have made it with wild boar and venison, one of my favorite meats to use is beef cheeks. The cheeks are fatty and tough and require a slow low heat cooking method but it is very much worth your time. The last batch I made I used cubed venison and it was outstanding. As I have grown as a cook I have been able to find ways of altering some of my favorite recipes from my youth to include the wild game that I have. I really wish Auntie Boots were around today so that I could cook her stew for her.
Recipe courtesy of Jamie Carlson and his “You Have to Cook it Right” blog.