Monday, May 10, 2010

Leftover turkey? No problem.

Best part of the holidays for me are the leftovers- specifically the parts other people throw away. Turkey bones, chicken bones, ham bones, duck bones, all of it is a culinary gold mine. With that in mind, here's what I made tonight.

1 drumstick with meat
1 cup chopped ham
1/2 med onion finely diced
1 cup celery chopped
1/2 cup mushrooms sliced
1 carrot chopped
2 medium red potatoes diced into 1 inch cubes
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
1 bay leaf
2 cloves minced garlic
5 oz (half a package) frozen spinach
5 tablespoons butter
5 tablespoons flour
2 cups milk
Salt and Pepper to taste.

Saute onion with olive oil for 3-4 minutes or until soft and translucent. Toss in drumstick (and if you have any other bones, toss those in as well) leftover turkey meat, ham, celery, carrots, potatoes, bay leaf, garlic and frozen spinach. Cover with chicken broth and water (if you want more turkey taste use 4 cups of water instead of the chicken broth and add a 1 1/2 tsp of salt.) Bring to a boil for 2 minutes then reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour. After an hour heat butter in microwave over medium heat, when melted stir in flower til its a kind of paste. Then slowly add in milk stirring consistently. After this transfer this mixture to the soup. Remove bay leaf and bones, then enjoy.

Really the veggies/ body of the soup are fungible so feel free to mix and match at your leisure.

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