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Staying Warm with Turkey Soup

 

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Nothing is quite as warming as a big bowl of soup on a cold fall day. I made this soup yesterday in the crockpot with the leftover turkey from Thanksgiving. The recipe is super easy and quite delicious. I like to serve it with giant oyster crackers or a warm loaf of french bread.

Turkey Soup

3 tbsp butter, unsalted
1 cup carrots, chopped
1 cup sweet onion, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp pepper, freshly ground
4 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
4 cups water
2 bay leaves
1 tsp thyme, dried
2-3 cups shredded turkey

In the crockpot, place butter, carrots, onion, celery, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook on high until onions begin to become translucent (about 20 minutes). Then add rest of ingredients and let simmer on high for 2-3 hours. I usually put the entire turkey carcass in the crockpot for the first hour as it gives the soup much more complex flavors.

Enjoy!

 


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And on that note…

We are off for Thanksgiving…

We will be back on Monday with reviews of the big turkey dinner, favorite recipes to stash away for next year and getting a head start on the Holiday cocktail party cooking with some of our favorites appetizers.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Turkey Tips 101

So over the years, I have saved several small slips of paper where I have written different tips I learn each year, either as a guest at Thanksgiving dinner or as the host. Most are from my Mom, though some are from the last couple of years when I’ve done the cooking. Below are some of my favorites…turkey.jpg

  • Getting under the skin of your turkey really adds a great amount of flavor. I like using fresh sage leaves with a good amount of butter. Carefully lift up the skin and rub the butter gently along the body of the turkey. Place sage leaves strategically to create a beautiful pattern.
  • To achieve the perfect crisp skin on the outside and moist tender meat on the inside, place your turkey in the oven at 450 degrees for the first 30 minutes. Then loosely tent with tinfoil and lower oven heat to 350 for the rest of the recommended cooking time. The result is delightful!
  • If you must resort to buying a frozen turkey, be sure to account for the proper amount of defrosting time. For every five pounds the turkey will need to be thawing in the fridge for one day.
  • If you enjoy cooking the stuffing inside the turkey, remember that packing it too tightly causes the turkey to cook unevenly. For best results, gently and loosely insert the fluffed up stuffing into the bird – cramming it in just doesn’t help the cooking process.
  • Once you have put the turkey in the oven for cooking, resist the urge to peek at it every 15 minutes. Every time you open the oven, the temperature drops 25 degrees, just making the cooking take longer and causing the turkey to dry out.
  • When testing the bird for doneness, remember that the color of the skin doesn’t matter. A thermometer inserted into the breast of the turkey should read 170 degrees.
  • On that note, a turkey should rest for 20 minutes after removing from the oven before carving. This allows the juices to to settle. The temperature of the bird will also rise up to five degrees during this time.

With that – Have a Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Cooking!

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