What to Do With That LEFTOVER TURKEY

Let Them Eat Soup   Turkey carcass stock

Don’t waste that turkey carcass.  Make a delicious stock for your homemade soup.


1 turkey carcass, broken into pieces

Any defatted pan juices of leftover gravy

12 cups of water (or enough to cover the carcass completely)

2 medium onions, coarsely chopped

2 ribs of celery, diced with leaves if available

½ cup carrots, diced

½ cup diced (well-washed) leek

½ cup turnip, diced

1 garlic clove, minced

1 tsp. salt

Bouquet garni (In cheesecloth:, place 6 sprigs fresh parsley (or 2 tsp. dried parsley flakes), ½ tsp. thyme leaves, and 1 bay leaf and tie in a bundle).


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a large pot. Bring the stock to a boil, and simmer it, partially covering the pot, for 2-3 …hours. The stock tastes better the longer it simmers as long as you don’t cook away the liquid.)
  2. Strain the stock & skim off the fat

…*Optional: If desired, remove all the bones, reserving any piece of turkey meat. Discard the bouquet garni and bay ….leaf. In a blender or food processor, puree the remaining vegetables with a cup of the stock and save the mixture ….for another soup or flavoring a stew or sauce.


2 Tablespoons minced onion

1 clove garlic, minced

1 Tablespoon Butter Blend

1 cup diced carrots

½ cup diced celery

½ cup finely chopped mushrooms

1 ½ Tablespoons whole wheat flour

6 to 7 cups turkey stock (see recipe, above)

1 teaspoon marjoram

1 cup cooked barley or 1/3 cup raw barley

1 cup diced turkey meat

Dash hot pepper sauce (Tabasco), or to taste, optional

2 Tablespoons chopped parsley


  1. In a large saucepan, sauté the onion and garlic in butter, margarine, or oil until they are soft.
  2. Add the carrots, celery and mushrooms, and cook the vegetables stirring them, 3 to 5 minutes longer.
  3. Add the flour, and cook the mixture, stirring it, for another minute.
  4. Add the stock, marjoram, herbs and barley. Bring the soup to a boil, reduce the heat, partially cover the pan, and …simmer the soup for about 1 hour.
  5. Add the turkey meat and hot pepper sauce, adjust the seasonings, and heat the soup to boiling.
  6. Sprinkle the soup with parsley just before serving.    ENJOY:)
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