Chicken Stock Broth

Chicken Stock

Is Chicken Stock Broth?

Technically Chicken Stock and Broth aren’t the same thing, though, they basically have all of the same ingredients.  Stock, however, is more concentrated and thicker because of the added bones and the cooked down gelatin secreted from them and Broth usually gets it’s flavor from adding meat instead.  So to be clear, Stock is made using cooked bones, broth has no bones and is made by using the meat only, instead.  Various herbs, seasonings and vegetables can be added to each to flavor them up but other than that there virtually isn’t any other difference.  These recipes are usually cooked an average of 3 to 4 hours but some recipes claim they can be done in as little as 30 minutes and as crazy as 12.  The truth is there is no absolute way of doing it as long as the desired effect is reached.  My recipe is called a Chicken Stock Broth because I use the tips from chicken wings.  This way the tips, most would throw in the trash, don’t go to waste.  And, because there is such a small amount of bone in them, it gives a nice happy medium base, between a Stock and a Broth, with plenty of flavor for any recipe that calls for Stock or Broth.

Chicken Stock

Chicken Stock Bones

Most restaurants will use raw Chicken Carcass’s for their Chicken Stock.  But, unless you’re carving up your own boneless breasts and chicken thighs, they’re a little hard to come by.  Though Restaurants purchase these frozen, by the case, you most likely won’t be able to find them at your grocery store.  Though, a good butcher shop should be able to sell them to you, a good alternative is the wings.  Most recipes will suggest that to you but I say, “humbug!”  Wings are spendy and cost a lot more per pound than breast meat or chicken legs and thighs.  So save the wings for other recipes and just use the tips.  Wing tips have enough bone, meat and skin on them to flavor up and color any good Stock.  I personally just add them to a zip lock back and store them in the freezer until I need to make some.

Chicken Stock

Chicken Stock Herbs and Seasonings

A good Chicken Stock or Broth should have these basic ingredients; Onion, Parsley, Thyme, Bay Leaves and Garlic.  You go well over and beyond these or even cut back to the minimum Onion but these are the good makings for a good soup base or any other recipe that calls for Stalk or Broth.  The addition of vegetables will make it more hearty, so you end up with more of Vegetable/Chicken Broth; which is great because it adds more flavor.  Carrots, Celery and Leak are most commonly used; even Tomatoes, at times.  But if you want to add some heat you can throw in all kinds of different peppers and other spices.  In Asian cooking, it’s real common to crush ginger root and add that right along with the onion.

Chicken Stock

I mentioned that a good stalk is generally cooked for several hours and because of this there tends to be a lot of reduction in the stock.  But don’t hesitate to add more water and cook longer if you’re wanting or needing more Chicken Stock.  The picture below is my stock at the earliest stage of the process with all of the basic ingredients added that I’ve included in the list below.  Feel free to add anything else to this recipe.

Chicken Stock

Be sure to watch this short Chicken Stock Video tutorial below and I’ll show you just how easy this is to make your self.  Also be sure to look into any of my Cajun Recipes if you’re celebrating the upcoming Mardi Gras Holiday season.

Chicken Stock Broth Ingredients:

3 qt Water, approximately
1 lbs Chicken Bones, raw
1 Onion, cut in half
1/2 bunch Parsley
2 sprigs Thyme
2 Bay Leaves
2 Garlic Cloves
Salt and Pepper to taste, optional

This Chicken Stock Broth can last 3 to 4 days in your refrigerator.

Taco Salad

Taco Salad

How to make Taco Salad

If you do it right, Taco Salad can be amazing.  It’s one of my wife’s all time favorites.  And she got really excited, when she heard me say that this was going to be my next video recipe post, because this salad has got it all.  I’m talking about, not only, a great selection of salad ingredients but an array of toppings that really make this recipe pop.  And it’s the combination of those ingredients that really make a great Taco Salad.

Taco Salad

4 Major Taco Salad Ingredients

Unless you want to buy some of these pre-made ingredients, you’re going to need 3 other recipes and it doesn’t matter if you already have your favorite go to recipes or if you want to use mine.  Either way, it is essential that you have a nice and thick Chili No Beans, a good Guacamole and of course homemade fresh Salsa. I would highly recommend making all of these, beforehand, yourself because let’s face it, store bought Guacamole, Salsa and Chili, never really measure up.  But settling for canned ingredients isn’t the worst thing in the world and if that’s the way you decide to go, your salad will still turn out out pretty good.  But I would highly recommend going the extra mile on this one and make everything fresh.

The fourth major ingredient, in my opinion, is of course optional but I think is very necessary; Sour Cream.  No all you need is your favorite greens and chopped vegetables to make a salad and you’ll be well on your way.

Taco Salad Ingredients:

1 head Iceberg Lettuce, chopped or torn
1 Red Onion, sliced
4-6 Sweet Peppers, chopped
1 can Black Olives
1 Cucumber
8 oz Cherry Tomatoes
1 can Red Beans

2 cans Chili No Beans, RECIPE
1 pint Guacamole, RECIPE
8 oz Salsa, RECIPE
1 pint Sour Cream
1 lbs Cheddar Cheese

To make this Taco Salad, just follow the instructions in the video tutorial.

 

YouTube’s Top 10 Recipes from PMGK

Top 10 Recipes

PMGK’s Top 10 Recipes

How in the world could I possibly narrow down and decide what I think the Top 10 Recipes are, out of everything that I have filmed and posted?  Well, it’s easier than you think but just cracking off the top of my head, my personal favorites, isn’t going to cut it.  In fact, I’m almost certain, that your favorite recipes aren’t going to be the same as mine, by any measure.  So I decided to look at my statistics and take the pull of the most popular videos on my YouTube Channel.  And, wouldn’t you know it, the exact same results reflected on my website as well.  So, let’s take a look at the final results, together:

Top 10 Recipes

#10 of my Top 10 Recipes

This is my Lamb Chops with Aju recipe and it starts out with a quick trim of the fat, on a Frenched Rack of Lamb, then seasoned and seared on the stove.  It’s finished in the oven and topped with an Aju made from the leftover lamb crust in the pan.  I highly recommend this recipe as well as my Garlic Crusted Rack of Lamb, if you’d like another choice.

Top 10 Recipes

#9 of my Top 10 Recipes

This is beautiful Texas Style Beef Brisket.  Not only do I show you how to make this in your oven, with incredible results, I give you a fantastic rub recipe.  And this Brisket is so juicy and tender, you’ll swear a professional world champion expert cooked it for you.  But keep your eye out for my Tri Tip recipe coming out this next week, because I show you how to tweak this rub for that with similar results.

Top 10 Recipes

#8 of my Top 10 Recipes

This Steakhouse style Salted Baked Potato recipe is delicious and it’s so easy to prepare.  The most important part of this recipe is cleaning and seasoning the outside of the peal to insure you get that potato skin tasty.  And I show you how to do that so that it will compliment whatever toppings you decide to load on top.

Top 10 Recipes

#7 of my Top 10 Recipes

This is my Seared Salt and Pepper Ahi Tuna recipe.  It’s very easy to prepare and I give the ingredients to make a Wasabi Vinaigrette as well.  This is a great appetizer.  It can be served, as is, on a plate with the dipping sauce or topped over your favorite green salad, tossed with the vinaigrette as a dressing.

Top 10 Recipes

#6 of my Top 10 Recipes

This is my Potato Bomb Mini’s recipe.  And if you’ve ever made full size Potato Bombs on the grill or baked in your oven, then you know how tasty these can be.  I just show you how to make a smaller version with waxy potatoes.   I show you how to core the potatoes, stuff them with Mozzarella cheese and wrap them in bacon.  These can be cooked on the grill or in the oven.

Top 10 Recipes

#5 of my Top 10 Recipes

This is my Steamed Clams recipe.  Though this recipe ranks #5 on my channel, it is the #1 clam recipe on YouTube.  I use Littleneck Clams that are cooked to perfection and I show you how to make a garlic and butter clam broth that drowns the clams when they are finished.  I highly recommend adopting this recipe the next time your in the mood for fresh clams.

Top 10 Recipes

#4 of my Top 10 Recipes

This is my Garlic Mushrooms and Onions recipe and it is awesome.  These can be served on the side to compliment, practically, any dish; especially steak.  I also show you a fun alternative that is baked over the top of Texas Toast and cheese.  Give this a try the next time you need a vegetable side.

Top 10 Recipes

#3 of my Top 10 Recipes

This my Lobster Tail with Claws recipe.  It’s one of the best tutorials to watch if you’ve never learned how to prepare a raw lobster tail from scratch.  In comes in at #3 of the most popular recipes on my channel and website but it’s in the top 3 recipes on YouTube if you search Lobster Tails.  I also show you how to season and properly broil your tails as good as any seafood or steakhouse restaurant.

Top 10 Recipes

#2 of my Top 10 Recipes

This is one of the best Crispy Fried Shrimp recipes out there.  It’s a Southern style recipe that is currently the #1 fried shrimp recipe on all of YouTube and it has been for quite some time.  I show you how to peel your shrimp and how to prepare a semi spicy egg wash with a seasoned flour mix that gets the shrimp extra crispy after they are fried.  If you love fried shrimp, this is the recipe for you.  It’s also great in my Firecracker Shrimp recipe or what some people call, “Bang Bang Shrimp.”

Top 10 Recipes

#1 of my Top 10 Recipes

This Mongolian Beef recipe isn’t just the most popular video on my channel, it’s the #1 Mongolian beef recipe on all of YouTube.  I show you how to thinly slice the beef and the secret to getting the meat crispy when it’s fried.  But be sure to get the exact ingredients for the sauce here on the website because I don’t divulge all of the liquids mixed in with the soy sauce in the video.  This recipe can be used with chicken too, if you prefer, and I also use this sauce with my Mongolian Beef Ribs.

And there you have it; the Top 10 Recipes and most popular videos from my YouTube channel and website.  Be sure to check back for future posts and recipes.