If there was one ingredient I was not always keen on trying, it’s bone broth. Though it is an old school ingredient, there was always the issue of it being difficult to make and hard to make pretty. When I started to see canisters of broth and bullion on store shelves, I started to get curious. I wondered if there is a bone broth recipe that’s worth doing. As it turns out, it is.
Before You Pick a Bone Broth Recipe…
It’s important to remember that bone broth is one of those ingredients that you can’t skimp on. I strongly suggest making your own if you can. If you cannot, make a point of getting high-quality bone stock. Otherwise, your recipe will probably taste a little funky.
If you’re using the broth to pair with a certain meat, it’s often best to use the bones of the same animal that the meat came from. If you can’t, you might notice a flavor clash. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s find some bone broth recipe ideas you’ll adore…
Bone broth makes a remarkably good base for a soup, so expect it to become a major component in the recipes I pick. This awesome curry-style soup recipe is Keto-friendly, packed with nutrients, and melts in your mouth. Just swap the vegetable stock for bone broth, and you’re good to go. While it may no longer be vegan, the Paleo kid in you will adore the taste enough to forgive you for it.
2. Turkey Stuffing
When people are looking for a bone broth recipe, they rarely ever think of Thanksgiving treats. If you ask me, that’s pretty criminal. Broth is a major ingredient in homemade gravy, at the very least! One of the bigger stumbling blocks people have when they are prepping a turkey dinner is the stuffing. It just gets too dry! This awesome recipe for turkey stuffing will provide you with one of the most buttery, juiciest side dishes you’ve ever had.
Oh, and if you are working with chicken? Or quail? Or pheasant? Not a problem. This stuffing recipe will still give you an amazing side dish that looks as good as it tastes.
3. 5-Minute Gravy
Speaking of Thanksgiving goodness, can we also have a quick discussion on how incredible bone broth is when it comes to putting together creamy, decadent gravy? Whether you use it on potatoes or poultry doesn’t matter, either. It just works. While perusing the net, I found a really awesome recipe for lightning-quick gravy. You can use almost any type of bone broth to make it, and it’ll still taste great.
4. Vietnamese Noodle Soup
Though I’m partial to using bone broth for traditional European cooking, I’d be foolish to ignore how good Asian cuisine can be when paired with the right broth base. This recipe for Vietnamese pho will change the way you see soups for the better. Unlike others on this list, the bone broth recipe is built into the full soup recipe, so you won’t have to grab stock.
5. Slow Cooker Beef Stew
Nothing quite makes a stew taste as rich as having a bone broth base, especially if the stew in question involves good cuts of meat. This deliciously Paleo-friendly stew involves slowly simmering beef over a rich bone broth, and adding veggies for an added pop of flavor. Your body (and tastebuds) will thank you for this new spin on classic fall comfort food.
6. Chicken Noodle Soup
The nutritional value of chicken noodle soup has been famous for ages, often to the point of it being called a panacea. It’s unsurprising, then, that you can find tons of recipes that involve chicken noodle soup using the OG good-for-you soup base. Bone broth is short for beef bone broth, but if you want to try this recipe out, you’ll need a chicken bone broth recipe instead.
7. Egg Drop Soup
Egg drop soup is one of the most popular Chinese treats for a cold winter night, and it’s also one of the easiest to make. If you’ve had it at a local takeout venue, you already know it can be good. With bone broth, good quickly becomes great. We suggest pairing this with some of your favorite fried rice for a truly tasty at-home treat.
8. Slow Cooker Chili
Bone broth’s big appeal is that it can add dimension and umami to meaty dishes, which is why it’s become a favorite additive when pros make chili. This recipe lets you use a chicken or beef bone broth recipe as part of the stock, then adds a little extra pop of flavor with the right combination of spices. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with this option.