Brunswick Stew // Mrs. Fearnow’s // Sanford, NC
The one canned good we’ll allow at Mantry’s gourmet campsite, Fearnow’s was first simmered by a Hanover County, North Carolina farmer’s wife on her white enamel kitchen stove in the 1940s. What began as a family feast soon started racking up the state fair ribbons, and Sunday supper turned into a business. But even as the stovetop pot got bigger, the soup has stayed the same: Chicken, veggies and beans slow simmered to rich, creamy, rib-sticking potency.
Wild Pacific Albacore // Island Trollers // Whidbey Island, WA
For generations man has relied on canned tuna to merely hold him over. Captain Larry Mason moves the pantry staple from last resort to lead role. Sustainably caught by American fishermen off the coast of Washington State, Larry and his crew have had a top-notch commitment to quality for 37 years. The result? An impeccable can of sashimi grade albacore, gently marinated with fresh Jalapeno, that becomes the basis for a the Tuna Sandwich that will change your idea of well…the tuna sandwich (Recipe: Mantry.com)
Dogfish Head Brewery // Hardtack Chowder // Rehoboth Beach, DE
If you’re a believer that the addition of beer makes most things better, you may be happy as a clam with this can. One of the nation’s most celebrated breweries Dogfish Head partnered with a local clam harvester and ripped the recipe for Herman Melville’s classic American novel “Moby Dick” to produce a whale of chowder. Sustainably harvested Quahog Clams, Pounded ship biscuits, and salted pork is enriched with butter. Just add 8 ounces of half and half and 3oz of brown ale (try Dogfish Palo Santo Marron) and simmer over low heat, a chance to tuck into a super bowl early.
Bar Harbor Clam Chowder// Bar Harbor, Maine
Obviously we’re not going to cover New England without a Chowd reference, but this one isn’t corny. This is certainly not the famous corn chowder of nearby New Hampshire, but it’s the best damn canned chowder we could find. For the locals, who spend more time breaking down chowder than Belichick spends on game film, a bowl of Bar Harbor has been the Maine attraction for over 85 years.
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