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.
Throw that big thing in the BIGGEST pot you have.
Then fill the pot with stock, water, carrots, celery and onions. And a bay leaf. Let it simmer for about 1 1/2 hours.
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.
After the simmering, discard the carcass (giggle) and strain the stock into a big bowl. You can discard the solids, too.
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.
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?
Soup's on! You're gonna freak over this.
Carcass. Hehheheheh. For more musings, visit her blog Bev Cooks and her Tablespoon profile.