Nonetheless, that dish was what I wanted for my celebratory birthday meal, as it was, in my opinion, one of the tastiest meals there was. With my modifications to make it healthier, this still is my favorite way to rejuvenate leftovers as it is quite delicious.
After doing some research, I discovered that this dish was misnamed (moussaka is something very different), so I've renamed it "chicken ratatouille".
I hope you enjoy this dish as much as I do!
1 large onion
2-4 cooked chicken carcases (or 1 turkey carcass)
1-2 cans tomato paste
1-4 cans of water
1. After making chicken soup from carcasses, there usually is lots of chicken left on the bone. I've seen plenty of people just throw out the carcasses, meat, bones and all. This is a shame, because meat is expensive and you can generally get enough meat from a carcass for a whole meal for at least one adult, often more (depending on who debones the bird) from just one bird's carcass.
The first step in this recipe, then, is to take as much meat as you can off the bird. One turkey carcass will yield enough meat for this recipe, but if you're using chicken, you'll need 2-4 carcasses.
|A few chicken carcasses that would have been chucked out. |
Doesn't look like there is much usable there.
|To the right- the bones. To the left- all the good and delicious chicken, |
saved from the dumpster, now feeding my family.
3. Saute your onions in a saucepan until translucent.
4. While the onion is cooking, chop an eggplant into one inch cubes.
5. When the onion is translucent, add the eggplant to the pan and cook on a low heat, mixing occasionally until all the eggplant changes color and is completely cooked.
|Eggplant on the fire, raw.|
|Notice the difference in color between this picture and the last.|
This eggplant is cooked and ready for the tomato sauce.
7. Add the chicken pieces to the pan and mix.
8. Season the ratatouille with salt, pepper, oregano, basil, and garlic powder to taste.
This is part of my "No Wait- Don't Throw That Out Yet" series.
If you liked this post, you might like my other posts in this series:
Watermelon Seitan Curry
Chicken Scrap Soup
Vegetable Scrap Soup
Salvaging Accidentally Frozen Foods
Spoiled Milk Pancakes
What do you do with your leftover chicken carcasses? Do you take off the meat and use it in a dish? If so, how do you put that meat to use?