Now I'm not talkin' tenderloin here (sandwiches to made there), but leftover turkey and sides.
Here's what you do:
- Take the turkey carcass (please tell me that you saved it), put it in a big pot and cover it with water -- go 2"-3" over and put it on the stove on high heat.
- Add a little bit of onion (quartered with the skin on is fine) and some carrots
- Bring to a boil, then reduce immediately to a simmer. Let simmer for as long as you can (3 hours is awesome, more is better, 1/2 an hour if you're in a pinch.) The longer it cooks, the better the broth.
- Remove the carcass and start adding your leftovers. In our case, it was Kluski noodles (a PA fave, they're skinny but a little thicker than an egg noodle), peas and artichokes, corn, and maybe a couple of other errant veggies. Add a little salt, pepper, and herbs (I like thyme) and cook for a bit longer to just make all of the flavors dance together a little bit. Done. Turkey Soup using nothing but leftovers and a little water. (BTW - The neighbor said that it was "superb" thank you very much.)
- Don't use gravy, stuffing, or anything too non-veg carby here. It will just cloud it and not make it as yummy.
Now, for your leftover taters: Potato Cakes
I loooooove me some potato cakes, mostly because it's fried mashed potatoes with butter, and really, what could be wrong with that??
Here's what you do:
- Take the mashed potatoes and throw in an egg and some flour. Think of it along the lines of 1 egg and half a cup of flour per 2 cups of mashed potatoes, but mostly I do it by feel. It shouldn't be too wet.
- Mix the ingredients together so that you can form it into cakes about 1" high by 3" or 4" in circumference.
- Using a non-stick pan heated over medium-high heat with a pat or two of butter and a splash of veg oil, pan-fry your potato cakes until a golden crust is formed, then flip it and make both sides yummy-looking. I hold them in a warm oven until they're all done.
- Serve with a big 'ole pat of butter beside your soup and holiday heaven has been achieved.
Ahhhhhh....I love the holidays.