In my family there's a long-standing joke about the turkey carcass. No one else wants it, but everyone is very aware of making sure it doesn't get thrown away because "You know Kalyn will want it." It's true! I think one of the best things about Thanksgiving is the delicious turkey soup you make later, from the leftover turkey carcass that would have been thrown away.
If you have a turkey carcass and want to make turkey soup, you *must* start by making homemade turkey stock. Delicious turkey stock is the difference between turkey soup that's merely okay and turkey soup that's mouthwateringly delicious. I was surprised I didn't find more bloggers weighing in on the subject, but here's my own take on how to make turkey stock and here's Michael Ruhlman's oven method.
Once you have that delicious turkey stock, you're ready to make soup. I found some classic types of turkey soups that will never go out of style, plus a few variations you may not have thought of. A few of these soups call for ground turkey, but you can always substitute finely chopped leftover turkey, especially if you're cooking it the day after Thanksgiving!
Turkey Soup with Rice or Wild Rice
Crockpot Turkey and Wild Rice Soup from A Year of Crockpotting
Creamy Wild Rice Soup with Smoked Turkey from Le Potage
Turkey Rice Soup with Garden Vegetables from The Slow Cook
Turkey Congee (Rice Porridge) from Steamy Kitchen
Turkey Soup with Potatoes or Sweet Potatoes
Turkey Sweet Potato Soup from Kitchen Parade
Rosie's Turkey Potato Soup from Bitchin' in the Kitchen with Rosie
Turkey Chowder and Turkey Gumbo from Gherkins and Tomatoes
Turkey Soup with Vegetables
Mexican Turkey Soup with Corn from Pink of Perfection
Lime Avocado Turkey Veggie Soup from Cindalou's Kitchen
Turkey Kale Soup from Forks.ca
Turkey Chowder with Crimini and Pancetta from Batter-Splattered
Turkey Green-Chile Chili from The Perfect Pantry
Black Bean and Turkey Chili from The Kitchen Sink
Dave's Turkey Chili from Baking Bites
Gluten-Free Three Bean Turkey Chili from Gluten-Free Guide
Twenty Minute Turkey Chili from Ginger Lemon Girl
Some Turkey Soup Variations You Probably Haven't Thought Of
Turkey, Bean, and Tomato Soup from The Kitchen Sink
Turkey Lentil Soup from A Finger in Every Pie
Turkey Soup with Cheddar Dumplings from Culinary in the Country
Kalyn's Turkey Soup Favorites:
Turkey Barley Soup from Kalyn's Kitchen
Leftover Turkey and Sweet Potato Soup with Black Beans and Lime from Kalyn's Kitchen
Turkey and Wild Rice Soup with Cabbage, Parsley, and Sage from Kalyn's Kitchen
What if you have leftover turkey, but soup is just not your thing?
Here are BlogHer's Top Ten Ideas of What to Make with Leftover Turkey.
- The Ultimate Side Dish: Jalepeno Creamed Corn
- How to Make Loaded Cauliflower
- 5 Ways to Use a Leftover Ham Bone
BlogHer Contributing Editor Kalyn Denny also blogs at Kalyn's Kitchen where she's committed to low-glycemic cooking, and at Slow Cooker From Scratch, where she features "from scratch" slow cooker recipes.
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