Next week is the big day. It is opening night for home cooks. You have been crafting and honing your skills all year and next Thursday you will take the stage for the big monologue you have been rehearsing so long for. I am excited! How about you? Are you hosting Thanksgiving dinner? If so I hope you break a (turkey) leg!
After the big dinner there are sure to be leftovers. You can only eat so many turkey sandwiches, am I right? This soup will transform your leftovers into something better than a sad cold turkey sandwich.
While this does take nearly an hour to make, the cooking time involved isn’t active cooking time. It is time were you can crack open a bottle of wine and play a mean game of Scrabble with your guests still in town. Or scarf down that last slice of pumpkin pie straight from the pie plate. No judgement from me.
Leftover turkey and any leftover carrots and celery from the relish tray will all be used up in this soup. Warm up any leftover dinner rolls or biscuits and have yourself a tasty little dinner. Enjoy your leftovers!
TURKEY OR CHICKEN WILD RICE SOUP
Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 50 minutes
2 cups cooked and shredded turkey or chicken
1 cup wild rice, rinsed
3 cups water, divided
1/2 cup basmati rice, rinsed
6-8 cups turkey or chicken stock (directions to make your own)
1/2 cup sliced carrots
1/2 cup sliced celery
1/2 medium onion, diced
1 teaspoon salt or season to taste
For the wild rice
1. Bring 2 cups of water to boil in a medium sauce pan, add rice. Return to boil, cover, turn down to low-medium-low, simmer for 45 minutes or cook according to package instructions.
2. Drain the rice and add to the soup.
For the basmati rice
1. When the wild rice has 15 minutes cooking time left add 1 cup of water to medium sauce pan. Bring to boil. Add rinsed rice, cover, and turn down to low. Cook for 15 minutes. Fluff with fork before adding to the soup.
For the soup
1. After starting the basmati rice, bring 6 cups of stock to boil in a large soup pot. Add carrots, celery, and onion. Boil for 10 minutes to soften the vegetables
2. Turn down to low. Stir in shredded turkey or chicken. Simmer for 5 minutes to heat the meat through. Stir in rices before serving.
TELL ME! What is your favorite way to enjoy Thanksgiving leftovers?
Another way to use up leftover turkey