After Thanksgiving there is always the dilemma of what to do with all the leftovers. This year I decided to make turkey soup instead of turkey and dumplings like I did last year. One advantage to make turkey soup is being able to put all kinds of vegetables in it.
This is the first year I made turkey soup and did not follow a recipe. This turned out to be the best soup I have made. I will briefly explain how I cooked it but really you can pretty much put whatever you want to in it.
To begin with I cooked the turkey carcass for about 3 hours. After the 3 hours I took the carcass out and placed it in a bowl to cool off. I strained the broth to make sure all bones were out. Then I skimmed the top to remove the fat. When the carcass cooled off enough I got what meat I could off of it and put that in the soup.
Then I added what veggies I had. It ended up being 1 chopped onion, 1 package of sliced mushrooms, sliced carrots, sliced celery, about 8 cut up red potatoes and here is the best part. I put the rest of the leftover green bean casserole in the soup too. Green bean casserole has all the ingredients for a good soup already in it like cream of mushroom soup and french fried onions.
For seasonings I put in what I thought my family would like, salt and pepper, poultry seasoning, parsley, cumin, rosemary, thyme and no telling what else I put in there.
Then I simmered all that until the veggies were tender.
I added 1 cup of rice to the soup and cooked it until it was done.
Oh my! This was good soup. I made a huge pot full and ended up freezing some too. Oh yes, serve with any leftover dinner rolls if you have any!
So this recipe used up the rest of the turkey and the green bean casserole. Next post will be about what to do with leftover mashed potatoes.