Sunday, December 27, 2009

Turkey Stuffing Soup

So, sick of leftovers yet?

I know many of you all had prime rib or ham for Christmas (I don't understand you), but I also know there are a select few of us out there who do a repeat of the fantastic, tried and true, traditional turkey and stuffing dinner instead. I can't help it; I am pretty sure I am addicted to turkey, in a seasonal way of course...I mean, just because I am obsessing about turkey come mid-August, and I jump around, maniacally giggling, telling people how much I love turkey doesn't mean I have serious problems or anything...

So anyway, some of you may be tired of opening the fridge and seeing the mounds of leftovers, and the thought of zapping another meal in the microwave makes you almost gag (again, I do not relate) and so, if you are too exhausted to make turkey pate, or you're out of bread for turkey sandwiches, or you only have dark meat left and you're a "white meat only" kinda person ( I'm sure you're nice but you're a CRAZY person!) Do this, 'cause you probably have all this stuff still lurking in your fridge somewhere if you look hard enough ...

To a big soup pot, add equal parts chicken stock and water until pot is halfway full. I doubt you still have the carcass, but if you do (gross!) boil that baby instead!

Cut up carrots, celery, leeks and red onion and throw that in. How ever much you want, don't get all technical on me.

Throw in a bay leaf and a dash of sage, thyme and parsley, and salt and pepper to taste. DON'T EAT THE BAY LEAF! Seriously!

Throw the left over turkey in, and any gravy/drippings that might be left and bring to a boil, then let simmer until veggies are tender.

Then, you know that old, getting waaaaaay too crusty stuffing you have left over? Well, you can either loosely break it up into huge chunks or if you have kids, have them roll it into balls. Serve the soup with the stuffing chunks/balls thrown in, just like dumplings!

By the way, throwing your ingredients into the pot is way fun. Trust me.

I'm no Martha, and psh, yeah, this recipe is on the internet in a bazillion different versions (really, did you think I was capable of original thought?) even like, all amazingly decked out on the Food Network site, but I threw this little soup together one year, thinking I was all original and amazing, and, it was a hit! I usually like to throw in some gooey mac and cheese on the side, and I always make sure I make extra cranberry relish to have as the pallet cleanser. Please don't throw the cranberry relish. It stains. Trust me.

So here's to never having an original thought and hey! Only 11 months until the next Thanksgiving Turkey Day! Woooohooo!


robin said...

stuffing balls!? i have never heard of those???? i want to try yours before i make some of my own. fly me down already!

Stephanie said...

Yummmmmmmmmmmm :)

w said...

idk what to say. because i'm all crying over the sweet varctory that my blog is back!

you are a mayerniac for loving turkey like you do.

i prefer beef. ha! get it? beef? get it?

pigs in a blank-ed are good, too.

SurferWife said...

Hmm, I would make this IF I had leftovers. I only have a bunch of tamales left and that wouldn't make for good soup!!

Vanessa said...

Ohhh, I'm with you on the turkey! We have it at Christmas too, and I'm so close to handling the Christmas dinner at our house just so I can keep the leftovers!!!

MrsMonicaLB said...

what a great idea for leftover Turkey!
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