For the last couple of years, I have bought an heirloom turkey from a local farm. They have been the best tasting turkeys I have ever eaten. I guess it’s similar to how a homegrown tomato tastes a million times better than a grocery store tomato. So, because the turkey tastes so good and because I can actually see the turkey that I ate, I want to make sure I use every single part of the turkey and none of it goes to waste.
So once I roast the turkey, I pick it clean and save the bones and make stock exactly how I make chicken stock. Turkey stock has a much richer flavor, so I use it in a heartier dishes like chili or in this turkey soup recipe where the flavors are the same.
Then, after we have had a few leftover turkey sandwiches, I make Turkey Soup. We eat some soup for a couple a days and I freeze the rest in individual portions.
This soup is so yummy! I love that it has kale in it. I have a hard time eating kale if I just saute it as a side dish, but if it is hidden in a soup, I love it.
This is a good amount of food, so you will need a larger pan, the one I used was a 5 quart saute pan. And just fyi, simmering is a great way to keep the meat tender and get the most nutrients from the vegetables.
What do you do with left over turkey?