"Frog Moore" Stew Recipe
Matt Moore, chef and author of A Southern Gentleman's Kitchen, shares the history of this popular stew: "Mystery and controversy often add a dash of intrigue to Southern cuisine, and clearly that's the case with Frogmore stew. This dish is less stew like than the name would leave you to believe—it's usually drained from the boiling water completely. According to some, Richard Gay, owner of Gay Fish Company, coined the famous 'frogmore' moniker after the Frogmore community located on South Carolina's St. Helena Island. About half the locals give the naming credit to Gay, while others each sport their own proprietary claims. Moreover, outsiders often believe the dish actually contains frogs, which is certainly not true. Since this dish carries so many distinctions and allegations, I prefer to give it my own spin—adding my last name, to boot."