It has always been drummed into our heads to make our own stock; be it meat stock or a vegetable stock and if you take it a step further by first roasting the bones and the Mirepiox/Vegetables and THEN you make the stock with the roasted bones & veg and all the drippings on the tray as the drippings are THE power house. When I last made my stock, I also added Ripe but FIRM nectarine as the fragrance of a nectarine is to die for and it does give a fruity flavour and aroma to the stock. The reason why I like to roast the bones and vegetables before boiling and subsequently simmering the stock is that the colour of this stock is a deeper brown and definitely more tasty and if you just make the stock without roasting then the colour is a light brown.
|Ingredients for my stock with a nectarine|
|.... and the chicken wings|
Ingredients for making a Chicken Stock
6 Chicken Wings
100 gm Big Onion
50 gm Carrot
50 gm Celery
50 gm Leek
1 Nectarine, opt
2 Litres Water
PRE HEAT oven at 130 degrees Centigrade for 15 minutes
- Lay the matt surface of a foil on a tray [matt surface of the foil Retains heat while shinny surface Reflects heat. This tip is very useful especially when baking cakes]. Place "A" on the tray and bake for 1 hour in a pre heated oven at 130 degrees Centigrade.
- Remove & place the roasted ingredients in a big pot, scraping any residue & placing them in the pot too as this residue is the ump factor. Add the 2 litres of water & bring stock to a boil. Once it starts boiling Reduce to MEDIUM Fire & simmer for 1 1/2 hours; skimming the surface for scum/impurities. Strain & cool completely before storing in freezer in Either small containers.
The last time I made my own sausages, I grilled some for dinner and after removing the sausages, I deglaze the pan by adding a little of the stock I made and then I jazzed the sauce with a little butter and thicken it slightly with a little corn flour & then I poured it on the sausages and served with fried Potato chips and a Prawn Salad with a Coriander & Lime Dressing. Yum to both the sausages and the Prawn Salad recipe is in my blog.
|The sausage and burgers I made|
Till my next post, xoxo, Ophelia