Turkey Neck Slow Cooker Stew (aka Sicky Stew)

Some days you just want to toss something in a pot and let it cook while you have a nap. Tis the season for flu, colds and allergies, and nothing makes me feel better than a warming, nutritious stew!IMG_4752

To top it off this one is very budget friendly. Turkey necks are an under appreciated cut of meat; many people have no idea what to do with them. But like other joint bones, they make excellent, nutrient rich bone broth.

Serves 4-6 people.

You will need:

  • A slow cooker/crockpot (or a dutch oven, alternatively)
  • 2 cups baby carrots (or about 2-3 large carrots, diced rough)
  • 3 stalks raw celery, diced rough
  • 1 large yellow/white onion, diced or quartered
  • 2 cups sliced button/crimini mushrooms
  • 3 medium sized turkey necks. Frozen is fine.
  • Worcestershire sauce (Use homemade to be Whole30 compliant or use aminos)
  • About 1 tsp each Salt and pepper
  • Dash of Herbs De Provence mix (Find it in your spice aisle)
  • 5-6 crushed garlic cloves, OR 2 tablespoons dried roasted garlic, OR 2 tablespoons garlic powder.
  • Optional: 1 cup Red wine. I used Jackson Triggs Merlot because that’s what I have on hand, it really doesn’t matter 😛
  • Optional: Potatoes or some starchy veggie. Acorn or butternut squash works too.

Step one:

Toss all ingredients (except potatoes) in a slow cooker set on high, with 6 cups of water. Set it for 4 hours on high and go take a nap, or watch Netflix. do what you want, i’m not your mom!

Step two, 4 hours later…

Toss in your optional starchy veggies. Stir it around a bit, marvel at the meat falling off the bone. Appreciate what an excellent cook you are. Oh, and leave it alone for another 2 hrs.

Step three:

Fish out the turkey necks and pull the meat off the bones. It should be pretty easy, mine practically fell apart. Actually I dropped it and splashed hot stew on my face, now i’m horribly disfigured. Not really, but don’t laugh. Nobody wants the Harvey Dent look.

Discard the bones, or make a fashionable necklace to impress the local carrion birds with. I’m no responsible if they swoop you. Swooping is bad.

Enjoy your delicious stew, best enjoyed burrowed in a blankie nest watching a Breaking Bad marathon.



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