08 December 2010

Leftover Turkey Soup

Every time I cook turkey, I go through the process of saving the carcass, adding aromatics and making a huge container of turkey stock.

Sometime, usually around July, I find it in the freezer and trow it away.

This year was no different. I made a about two quarts of turkey broth and there it sat in the refrigerator, doomed to end up lost in the freezer. Then, I got an e-mail from Saveur with a list of recipes and I saw one for Turkey Soup so I clicked and immediately closed it. This soup called for dumping in the stuffing and that sounded AWFUL.

So I went home with every intention of making a nice soup and skillet of cornbread and then I looked in the refrigerator. What difference would it be if I made corn bread for the soup or threw in the cornbread dressing?

I took out the broth and skimmed the fat. I heated the soup tureen, added a nob of butter and sauteed some chopped onion and celery. I threw in a handful of frozen carrots as I had no fresh ones. I dumped in the turkey stock with bits of turkey. I chopped up some more turkey, added that along with the rest of the cornbread dressing. In the last few seconds I added some frozen peas.

It was wonderful. I believe it was better than the turkey dinner. I want to make turkey again just to make this soup. What a great way to eliminate leftovers expeditiously. I wouldn't add the cranberries or the pumpkin pie, but almost any veggie side would work as would mashed potatoes. Give it a try with your leftovers.


  1. Thank you for your great idea for perfecting Turkey soup. I am not a good soup maker & I love it. Wanting to send you some holiday cheer!!

  2. To be honest, I would have closed the recipe, too. Glad to know it worked. [It's always better when someone else does the experimenting.]

  3. I sure could use a cup of that. Just got back from a 3 day trip to NYC -wedding. Thought I was going
    to be stranded in Boston, and I was soo sick.


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