Tomorrow, you're going to roast a giant, delicious bird, and you and your loved ones are going to sit down to dinner and fill yourself with the child-like warmth of Thanksgiving goodness that you've enjoyed since you were a happy-go-lucky, cranberry-jelly-gobbling wee one - and it's going to be wonderful.
And then, you're going to have a giant bird carcass sitting in the middle of your table. And - what do you do with a leftover turkey carcass? Why, you give it new life of course. By making stock - and then using that stock in this here Buffalo Chicken Chili recipe.
Take the turkey carcass, shove it in a slow cooker, fill that slow cooker with water and a couple tablespoons of white vinegar, and cook it on low for 8-14 hours (in my opinion, the darker the better). Strain the liquid, then freeze whatever stock you're not using at that moment- I usually portion mine out in ice cube trays - like this twinkly little number above.
I apologize for the lacking photo quality here - bear with me as I get back into the hang of things? Thanks - you're the best. Yeah - I mean you.
Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Chili Recipe
2 tbs oil (I used coconut oil, because it's the best thing ever)
1 lb ground chicken (or if you have leftover turkey, cut into chunks and use that)
2 large carrots, peeled
1 large onion
2 ribs celery
1 green pepper
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbs paprika
2 cups of the aforementioned turkey stock
2/3 cup franks hot sauce
1/8 cup white vinegar
2 tbs liquid smoke
24 oz stewed tomatoes
2 14 oz cans black beans
Blue cheese, tortilla chips and fresh cilantro as desired
1. Chop up your garlic and onion first, lightly grease a skillet with the oil, and set to 3/4ish heat - cook for roughly 2 mins - until fragrant
2. Peel and chop your other veggies and add them to the pan
oh, and by the way...
...during this process I learned that the Kyocera peeler is one of the best kitchen products on the planet, and if you don't have one, you should fix that ASAP. I'd go for this knife/peeler combo - and by the way, Kyocera, if you need me to test our and review and products for you, I'd be more than happy to. Ecstatic even. Seriously. Give me stuff. Pretty, pretty please.
Sorry where were we? Oh yes. Veggies, in pan, about 10 mins
3. While you're doing this, add the liquid smoke, stock, spices, beans and tomatoes to the crockpot and set it to low
4. Dump your veggies in the slow cooker
5. Brown the ground chicken, or if you're using your leftover turkey - skip this step
6. Dump the chicken in the crockpot too
7. Let simmer for 6 hours or so, then set to high, take the top off, and cook off the extra liquid for about an hour.
Now you have lunch for two for roughly a week - AND you got the most out of your turkey. Now - how awesome is that?