Most American homes have some leftover turkey for days after Thanksgiving, and inevitably it goes into a soup or other dish like Leftover Turkey Soup.  Warming, comforting and soothing, this is quintessential comfort food.
Leftover Turkey Soup

Leftover Turkey Soup
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Recipe type: Soups and Stews
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1 1/2 Quarts
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 Cups chopped onions
  • 2 Cups chopped green bell peppers
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 Cups chicken stock, in all
  • scant 1/2 teaspoon Filé powder
  • 2 Tablespoons poultry seasoning
  • 1 1/4 Cups heavy cream
  • leftover turkey, diced into cubes or shredded, any amount
  • parsley, for garnish (optional)
  1. In a large, heavy pot over high heat melt the butter, and as soon as it sizzles add the onions and bell peppers.
  2. Cook, stirring occasionally, until they are soft and mushy but not yet brown, then stir in the flour.
  3. Cook just until the flour darkens slightly, then stir in half the stock, the filé powder (or oregano and thyme), and the poultry seasoning.
  4. Continue stirring occasionally, until the liquid comes to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and simmer briskly for 10 minutes.
  5. Stir in the remaining stock, the cream, and the turkey, and simmer, stirring gently and occasionally, just until the turkey is heated through.
  6. Serve hot.
  7. Garnish with chopped parsley for garnish, if desired.


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