I have been married to a wonderful Christian man since 1976. The Lord has blessed us with two daughters and two sons. I consider each day the Lord gives me on the earth yet another chance to serve Him.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Turkey Soup

This is Bill's favorite soup. I think Bill looks forward to this soup as much as he does the turkey dinner. This soup is actually a cross between a soup and a stew. Like most soups this will even taste better the next day. What a great afterThanksgiving meal.  If you don't want to take the time to boil the turkey carcass to make the broth then just skip the first few steps and buy turkey stock.

TURKEY SOUP (serves 14)

*1 leftover turkey carcass (you should get about 2-3 cups of turkey from it)
*3 medium onions, chopped
*3 celery ribs, diced small
*3 large carrots, diced small
*1 cup butter, cubed
*3/4 cup flour (add another 1/4 if you like your soup thick)
*2 cups half & half or whole milk or 2% milk.
*1 cup uncooked long grain rice
*2 teaspoons salt
*1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
*1 teaspoon pepper
*1 quart turkey stock (you will get that when you boil the carcass in water)

~Place turkey carcass in a soup kettle and completely cover with water.
~Bring to a boil.
~Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 2-3 hours.
~Remove carcass and cool.
~Set aside broth (should be about 3 quarts).
~Remove turkey from bones and cut any large pieces of turkey into bite-size pieces. (double and triple check for small bones)
~Set turkey aside.
~In a soup pan, sauté the onions, carrots and celery in butter until tender.
~Stir in flour until well blended.
~Cook stirring continuously for a minute.
~Gradually add 1-2 quarts of turkey broth.
~Bring to a boil.
~Cook and continuously stir for about 2-3 minutes. (until thickened).
~Add cream, rice, salt, bouillon, pepper and remaining 2 quarts of turkey broth, stir .
~Add turkey, bring to a boil.
~Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 40 minutes or until rice is tender.

`substitute the turkey with chicken.
`If you don't want to take the time to do the first 4 steps, then just use store bought turkey stock and about 2 1/2 cups leftover shredded turkey.
`substitue rice for cup egg noodles, reduce cooking time to 20 minutes.
`substitute half & half or reduced fat half & half or milk.

Helpful Hint:
Make sure to mix flour completely and add the broth slowly to avoid lumps.
If the soup is to thick for your liking add 1 cup of turkey/chicken broth.

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