Saturday, December 10, 2011

Leftover Turkey Soup

Yummy for the day after you have a big turkey dinner! Ingredients are all approximate, just depending on what you have:

Turkey Dinner Day:

2 quarts chicken broth
1 turkey carcass
1 onion, quartered
2 carrots, chunked
2 stalks celery, chunked
2 bay leaves

After removing all the meat from the turkey, toss all the ingredients above into a pot. Let it simmer for at least a couple of hours. Let it cool for a 1/2 or so. Remove carcass/bones using tongs. Strain the broth through a wet cheesecloth set in a sieve into a container. Then set it in an ice bath in your kitchen sink to cool it down quickly (5 minutes should do.) Put it in the fridge to cool.

The next day:

2 garlic cloves
1 carrot, minced
1 celery stalk, minced
1 onion, minced
2 TBS butter or olive oil
2-3 c. wild rice mix (or brown rice)
1 tsp sage or poultry seasoning (or more to taste)
1 tsp salt (add more to taste)
1 bay leaf
2-4 c. chopped turkey meat
3 c. left over veggies or frozen veggies (corn, beans, mixed veggies etc)

Take the broth out of the fridge and skim the hardened fat off the top. Saute the garlic, carrots, celery and onions in butter or oil. Add the broth and the rice and seasonings. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 35 minutes. Add the meat and veggies and simmer another 10 minutes until the rice is done.