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NRaleighLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 04:55 PM
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Our favorite part of the TGiving turkey is this soup we make from what's left - recipe...
Turkey Tortilla Soup

Once most of the meat is off the bones, we make a stock from the carcass - just put it all in a big pot, cover with water, add some celery, onion and carrot and simmer for a few hours to extract the flavor - strain well. Once the carcass/bones cool you can usually get lots more meat that can go into the soup.

Once that's done....

In a big pot, put 2-3 tbsp olive oil, and saute until tender 1 large diced sweet onion, 3 chopped cloves of garlic, 2-3 stalks of diced celery and 2-3 large sweet colored bell peppers in cubes (red, yellow and/or orange).

Add 8 cups of stock - the turkey stock you made above, plus augment with canned chicken stock. Add 1 tbsp or more good chile powder, 1 tbsp or more of cumin, 1 tsp paprika, red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper to taste (we like it pretty peppy) - let it simmer for 15 min or so and taste for seasonings. If it needs more of a turkey/chicken kick, add a few chicken bouillon cubes.

Half an hour before serving, add 1-2 cups rice - depending upon how thick you want the soup (as it cools, it becomes less of a soup and more of a stew as the rice expands). 20 minutes before serving, add 1-2 cans of corn kernels (or use equiv amt of frozen corn kernels) and as much turkey meat as you wish - we use everything that fell off the bones making the stock and add more from leftovers as needed.

After the final 20 min simmer, taste again for spices - we serve it with grated sharp cheddar melted on the top and a handful of crumbled tortilla chips.

This is definitely post-Thanksgiving, chilly night comfort food! It makes a large portion...and freezes incredibly well.
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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 05:55 PM
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1. that's sounds very good!
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NRaleighLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 06:16 PM
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2. it tastes even better than it sounds! (well, we think so!)


:hi:
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NRaleighLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 11:27 PM
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3. I just realized I forgot a very important ingredient....a large can/jar of tomatoes!
We use the ones we can from our garden - 1 quart jar, added with the turkey stock.

whoops...sorry!
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