While checking out the results for the best cardamom recipe on Food52, I had a message “…Congrats on the EP”. No way! The editors actually made my chicken stock. Maybe one of these days they will choose my entry for the two finalists of the week. They must be making a ton of food while deciding which recipes deserve to go head-to-head, whisk-to-whisk!
What surprised me was that the recipe tester used a completely different flavour profile than I did, so they didn’t actually test my recipe – could that have knocked me out of the finalist position? This is what Food52 exchanged: 2 shallots and 3 slices of ginger in lieu of the vegetables and garlic. That would make the stock much more Asian or Indian, right? My version is earthy with lemon notes of the cardamom, if you would like to try it for yourself.
Makes 1 batch of stock
- 1 – 2 whole chickens, roasted, bones reserved
- 3 cups bits of onion, celery, carrot, and garlic
- 1 tablespoon green cardamom pods
- 1 tablespoon whole peppercorns
- 1 teaspoon salt
- In a large pot, place the chicken bones, leftover vegetable pieces (these would be the ends of vegetables, save them in a plastic bag in the freezer until you accumulate enough for stock or soup), cardamom pods, salt and pepper. Cover with cold water.
- Bring the pot to a boil for 10 minutes. Reduce to a simmer and cover.
- Let the marrow flavor the broth. Be careful not to add too much salt as the water will evaporate and concentrate the salt in the stock. Simmer until the water as reduced by about 1/3 and is opaque from taking on all those flavors.
- Strain the stock to remove the bones, peppercorns, and cardamom pods. Return the stock to the pot. Taste for salt levels and adjust while simmering the strained stock.
- Remove the stock from the heat and let it cool. Divide into containers and freeze for up to 6 months. ( Hint: measure the stock into 1 or 2 cup portions and label accordingly. Freeze some of the stock in an ice cube tray then transfer to a plastic freezer bag for easy access.)
What you do with the stock is up to you, if you need suggestions just ask in the comments 🙂
P.S. Country Wife, my eyes are indeed sea green (forgive the tiredness!)