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!
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.
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.
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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