The best thing about Thanksgiving is the turkey. The second best is using the leftovers to make soup.
This soup requires dark bone stock. I’ve posted my stock recipe here.
Here’s the recipe:
- 2-3 cups leftover Turkey, cut into chunks
- 4 Carrots, peeled and cut into large dice
- 4 cloves Garlic, minced
- 2 stalks Celery, diced
- 8 oz Portabella Mushrooms, sliced
- Half a bag Dutch Gold Potatoes, cut into medium chunks
- Half a large Vidalia onion, diced
- Bouquet garni (1 sprig Sage, 2 sprigs Rosemary, small handful of Thyme, 1 Parmesan cheese rind, 2 bay leaves, little over half the tops of 1 bundle Italian parsley)
- Turkey bone stock
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 6 Tbs butter
- The reserved fat of three rashers of bacon
- 1/3 cup Sour Cream
- 1 splash Heavy Cream
- Parmesan for grating (optional)
- Handful of diced Iltalian Parsley leaves
Melt bacon fat and butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add potatoes and cook a few minutes, then add carrots, garlic, celery and onions. Stir and cook about 3 to 5 minutes. Add mushrooms, 1/4 tsp salt and pepper. Cook until mushrooms begin to soften, about 3 or 4 minutes. Add turkey and give it a good stir. Add stock, and herb bouquet, then bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 1 hour.
Add diced parsley, sour cream and a splash of heavy cream. Let the soup warm through and then taste, add salt and pepper as needed. Remove herb bouquet and serve with a little parmesan grated over top, of desired.
After the Thanksgiving dinner has ended, it’s time to utilize the leftovers. What better way than to make a nutritious bone stock, and then use it for Turkey soup! 🙂
I didnt get a picture, because well, I forgot.
Anyway, here’s the recipe:
- 1 whole turkey carcass, meat removed (mine was a 20 pound bird)
- 8 whole black peppercorns
- 1 bouquet garni (you can use anything that complements what you used to cook the turkey. I used 2 sprigs of Rosemary, a handful of Thyme, 2 Bay leaves, a large sprig of Sage, Italian parsley stalks, and a Parmesan heel. Tie it all together with kitchen twine.)
- 2 carrots, skin on and roughly chopped
- 5 crushed cloves garlic
- 2 stalks of Celery
- 1 large Onion, quartered
- Carrot peelings from soup prep
- Enough water to just cover the carcass in a nice sized stock pot
Using a big kitchen knife, break down the carcass at the joints so that the entire thing fits comfortably on an large baking sheet. Add the celery, garlic, onion and carrots to the sheet as well. Roast for 25 minutes in a 400° F oven.
In a large stock pot, add peppercorns, bouquet garni, and carrot peelings (I prep the vegetables for the soup while the bones roast. I always use carrots, so I toss the peels in to make a better stock). Add the roasted bones and vegetables. Pour cold water over until bones are just covered (mine came to about 10 cups). Bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer. Skim off any foam you can see. Add about 1/4 tsp Salt. Simmer 4 to 6 hours, until stock has reduced to about half. Use tongs to remove the large bones and solids, then pour over a large mesh strainer in a storage bowl or container to remove the rest of the solids. Let cool and refrigerate overnight. Remove any fat/grease that congeals on top of the stock overnight before use.
When I was little, my mother had a subscription to Taste of Home recipe.
One day, she showed me a recipe for a hearty soup which required special oven proof bowls, in which the completed soup was topped with french bread and gouda cheese to broil until it melted right into the soup. She went crazy trying to find a place that sold the things, and after a few weeks we had the soup for the first time. We had to wait for the bowls to cool down and have trivits at our place settings. We’ve long since lost the recipe, and I could not find it to link you to the original.
I must say, though…
We were not the smartest people. It never occurred to any of us that slapping the cheese topped bread on a greased or oiled cookie sheet would yield the same results without running the risk of 3rd degree burns.
Anyway, here is how I make my version of the soup that wont risk injuring your small children or spazzy adults :
- 8 Yukon Gold potatoes
- 8 Carrots
- 1 Vidalia onion
- 1 head Cauliflower
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 3-4 sticks Butter
- French Bread Loaf
- Apple wood smoked Gouda Cheese
- 4 cups water and 2 cubes chicken bullion
Cut potatoes in half lengthwise, and do the same with each half. Cut into thin slices. Do the same with the carrots. Large dice the onions and break up the cauliflower into small pieces.
Melt the butter in the bottom of an 8 quart pot. Toss in the vegetables and coat with butter. Saute for about 8 to 10 minutes. Add the bullion and water. Add a little salt and pepper, about 1/4 each. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat. Simmer 20 minutes, until vegetables are tender. Taste and add salt and pepper if needed.
Slice French Bread into thin rounds and top with slices of Gouda. Place on greased cookie sheet and broil on high heat until cheese melts. Ladle soup into bowls and top with cheesy bread rounds. Let cool two minutes and serve.
And check out Taste of Home. They have some great recipes.