What To Do With Leftover Turkey Soup
*1 leftover turkey carcass
*3 medium onions, chopped
*2 large carrots, diced
*2 celery ribs, diced
*1 C butter, cubed
*1 C all-purpose flour
*2 C half-and-half cream
*1 C uncooked long grain rice
*2 tsp salt
*1 tsp chicken bouillon granules
*3/4 tsp pepper
1. Cook turkey carcass in large pot covered with water on high heat.
2. Once boiling rapidly, lower heat.
3. Cover and simmer 1 hour.
4. Remove carcass from water and cool.
5. Strain broth and reserve.
6. Remove turkey meat from strainer and any left on carcass.
7. Shred meat.
8. In a clean soup pot place butter and melt over medium heat.
9. Once melted add onion, celery and carrots.
10. SautÚ until onions are cooked.
11. Celery and carrots should be fork tender.
12. On low heat blend in flour.
13. Place 1/3 of turkey broth into kettle.
14. Bring to a boil and cook until mixture starts to thicken.
15. Add rice, salt, pepper, bouillon and rest of the broth.
16. Add shredded meat.
17. Bring back to a rapid boil.
18. Place heat on low, cover and simmer for 1 hour.
19. Add 1/2 and 1/2 before serving, allowing soup to heat just until soup warms back up, being careful not to let get too hot or boil.
20. Remove from heat and serve with crusty bread.
If you sit and stare at that turkey carcass after Thanksgiving and wonder what to do with it, here's your answer. This soup is especially rich, thick, and tasty, just enough different from a plain old turkey vegetable soup to make it special.