What to do with the delicious left-overs that haven't been consumed in sandwich form yet? How about soup! More specifically, Turkey and Wild Rice soup, a delicious finish to the Thanksgiving meal.
To make this, we have a couple of stages to consider. First, we want to make a stock from the turkey carcass. You did save it didn't you? Much goodness flows from that... Once the stock is made, then we make the soup itself.
Making the Stock
First thing you want to do is strip the remaining meat from the carcass, this will be the turkey you use in the soup. Then take the remains and place it into a large stockpot with some roughly chopped onions, garlic, carrots, and celery. Leave the skins/paper on these, they have flavour and will add some colour to the stock.
Then add water, in this case I used 32 cups to cover the carcass, but add what you think is appropriate. Bear in mind that you will have some evaporation as you make the stock and you're aiming to get about 5 cups of it, but left over stock can be used for other things and it freezes well.
Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to simmer. Allow it to simmer for a couple hours then taste. You want to get a nice, strong, stock, so if it's weak then you want to continue simmering. Check every half-hour or so after that until you're satisfied.
Once to taste, strain the stock to gather the liquid and discard the solids.
Making the Soup
For the soup, you can go the slow cooker route or the stove top.
- 1/2 medium onion, chopped
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 2 celery stocks, chopped
- 1 large clove of garlic, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup of wild rice, rinsed and drained
- 5 cups of the turkey stock
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/4 tsp thyme
- 1/4 tsp summer savoury
- Shredded turkey (about 2 lbs is ideal)
- Salt and pepper to taste
Reserve the turkey, it's already cooked, but place all other ingredients in your soup pot or crockpot and give it a good stir.
If cooking on the stove, cook on medium high heat until the rice expands and then add the turkey. Reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes or until the turkey is heated through.
If cooking in crockpot, cook on low for about 3 hours, then add the turkey. Cook for another couple of hours. On high, cook for about 1.5 hours, add turkey, then cook for another hour.