Depression Stew Recipe

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Depression Stew

Charmaine Castro


This recipe was created by my grandfather, he called it depression stew cause when you looked at it, it looked depressing...LOL! Just kidding, this was created out of necessity feeding 5 kids back in 1935 in Hawaii, a simple dish made with things that there was an abundance of, way back when.

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6 - 8
35 Min
35 Min


1 pkg
ground beef
1 medium
onion, chopped
2 clove
garlic, minced
salt & pepper, to taste
1 bunch
watercress, fresh - cut into bite size pieces
2 - 3 can(s)
tomato sauce
1 tsp
worcestershire sauce


1Fry ground beef with garlic & onion until onions are transparent. Add salt, pepper & worcestershire sauce to taste & tomato sauce, cook at medium high heat. Shut off stove & add watercress & remove pot from burner, do not stir until 30 minutes after. When done, watercress will be limp but not "bitter".
2**NOTE: Make sure stove is shut off because if heat is left to long with watercress, it will turn "BITTER" for the whole pot.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef
Other Tag: Quick & Easy