You are all about to learn what I do with all of my Christmas leftovers. Turkey Stew. A rich and delicious stew so full of flavour and full of all my leftovers from the big dinner!
This is- like all of my other recipes- very flexible, and I generally just use everything that I had for Christmas dinner that is still leftover.
For the stock:
bones from your turkey (I just take all the meat off the carcass – everything else is left for the stock- this year we had a 14 lb bird)
(also if you like you can roast the bones for 30 minutes in the oven before you boil them for more flavour)
1 large carrot cut in large pieces
1 large onion cut in large pieces
1 tbsp dried rosemary
2 tbsp black pepper corns
enough water to leave only 1-2″ of the turkey not submerged (approx. 8 cups)
Place all of the above into a large stock pot. I just got this lovely Le Creuset 6.7 L round french oven for my mom for Christmas- and this was the first soup it has seen!
Boil away for 20 minutes covered, and 10 minutes uncovered (approximately).
Then strain away all the bones and vegetables, leaving a delicious rich stock.
Now to Soup:
1-2 cups of leftover mashed potatoes
1 or less cups of leftover turkey gravy
1 1/2 cup leftover cooked carrots or cook them in the microwave quick
1 1/2 cup of brussels sprouts halved or quartered
1 cup of leftover corn
2 1/2 cups of leftover turkey broken into bite-sized pieces
salt / pepper / seasonings to taste
– you can pretty much put any leftover veggies you have into this- or just your favourites-
Add the mashed potatoes and the gravy into the stock, mixing it all in until it blends in with the stock- this will make your stock SUPER thick, rich and delicious, then add all the veggies and turkey.
Then, the most important step, taste your soup, add the salt, pepper and seasonings until it tastes just how you like your soup to taste- add a little, taste, assess, add more or stop. I used this for seasoning because my mom got it for Christmas and it was there.
Then serve your piping hot and delicious soup to all of your family, who hopefully isn’t too sick of turkey to appreciate your lovely soup!
I served mine with a cheese quesadilla- not traditional, but so delicious!
What do you like to do with your Christmas leftovers? Hope you are all still basking in your Christmas chocolate and looking forward to New Years!