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Leftover Turkey Carcass Soup

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Leftover Turkey Carcass Soup

I knowwwww, I knowwww. Carcass WHAT?

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  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 15 min
  • Servings 4
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Leftover Turkey Carcass Soup

1
turkey carcass, trimmed of the meat
2
quarts Progresso chicken broth
2
cups water
2
celery stalks, cut into 3-inch chunks
1
onion, peeled and quartered
1
carrot, cut into 3-inch chunks
2
dried bay leaves
1
tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1
sweet potato, diced
1
cup frozen pearl onions
3
cloves garlic, minced
1
pound package Green Giant or Cascadian Farm frozen veggies
4
cups shredded turkey meat
2
pinches salt and pepper, to taste
1/4
cup fresh parsley, for garnish

Directions

  • 1 In a large stock pot, add the turkey carcass, stock, water, celery, onion, carrot and one bay leaf. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 1 1/2 hours. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • 2 Remove the carcass with tongs and discard. Pour the stock through a large strainer into a bowl. Discard the solids.
  • 3 Back in the stock pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high. Add the sweet potato and pearl onions. Sauté for about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and bloom for 30 seconds. Add the frozen veggies, turkey meat, remaining bay leaf and reserved turkey stock. Let simmer another 20 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes have become tender.
  • 4 Serve with parsley and crackers!
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Don't throw that turkey carcass away – use it to make Leftover Turkey Carcass Soup!  

As prepared by Bev Cooks

Nobody will complain about leftover turkey when you reinvent it with delicious broth and colorful veggies in this awesome turkey soup.

Carcass. I know. I went there. You're not surprised though.

It's not the actual skeleton that makes me giggle, it's the word. Carcass. CARCASS. I don't know why, but my tickle box is on overdrive when I think or say or sing (it's true) that word. 

So T-giving is over and you've got this enormous turkey carcass staring at you. Gobbbblleee goooobbbblleeee, from the haunted soul of yesterday. Ew, let's forget I said that.

Instead, let's make soup! Just get the rest of the meat carved off and use that skeleton in a MOST flavorful turkey soup that seriously doesn't take long to pull together. Like, two hours. But it's hands off. So you can watch football. And drink Bloody Marys. I know how you are. 

 

Leftover Turkey Carcass Soup

Throw that big thing in the BIGGEST pot you have. 

 

Leftover Turkey Carcass Soup

Then fill the pot with stock, water, carrots, celery and onions. And a bay leaf. Let it simmer for about 1 1/2 hours. 

 

Leftover Turkey Carcass Soup

In the meantime, dice up a sweet potato and shred some turkey meat. Grab any bag of frozen Cascadian Farm or Green Giant veggies that you want. And some frozen pearl onions! Mince some garlic and grab one more bay leaf. 

 

Leftover Turkey Carcass Soup

After the simmering, discard the carcass (giggle) and strain the stock into a big bowl. You can discard the solids, too. 

 

Leftover Turkey Carcass Soup

Now, bring a little oil to a medium-high heat and add the sweet potato and pearl onions. Sauté a few minutes, then add the garlic. Bloom for about 30 seconds. 

 

Leftover Turkey Carcass Soup

Then you'll just add the frozen veggies, turkey meat, reserved stock and remaining bay leaf! Let it simmer for about 20 more minutes, until the sweet potatoes are tender. Taste it. Maybe a little salt and pepper? 

 

Leftover Turkey Carcass Soup

Soup's on! You're gonna freak over this. 

 

Gobble gobble. 

Carcass. Hehheheheh. For more musings, visit her blog Bev Cooks and her Tablespoon profile.

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