Every year on Thanksgiving, family and friends get together for a feast. There’s turkey, stuffing, casseroles, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pies and more. When the day is done and the guests are fed and happy, you’re left with a turkey that has been picked at and pulled at and is looking pretty sad, but still has some meat left on it. The perfect solution is to make a delicious turkey soup. Following is a recipe that my family and I have enjoyed for years!
1 turkey carcass, roasted
1 onion, minced
3 carrots, minced
2 stalks of celery, minced
1 cup of long grain rice, uncooked
1 bay leaf
1 medium bunch parsley, minced
Leftover turkey meat, shredded
Salt and pepper to taste
Pick as much of the turkey meat off of the carcass as you can. Place the turkey carcass in a large, heavy-bottomed stockpot. Add water to the pot until the carcass is just barely covered. Bring it to a boil, then reduce and bring it to a simmer with the pot partially covered. Let the turkey simmer for approximately one hour.
Carefully pick out the bones and discard them. Using a strainer, strain the turkey stock into a large, clean pot. Then add the rice, onion, carrot, celery and bay leaf. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. With the pot partially covered, simmer for approximately 45 minutes or until the rice and vegetables are tender. Add the turkey meat and parsley and continue to simmer for another 10 minutes.
Remove the bay leaf and use salt and pepper to season to taste. This delicious turkey soup is great served with crusty bread and butter! The soup is full of flavor, the turkey meat is tender, and this leftover Thanksgiving turkey soup will surely be enjoyed by all who taste it!