Don't throw that turkey carcass out yet! Make some delicious soup with it!
Melt 2 sticks of butter in a heavy pot.
Finely dice 2 medium onions.
Saute' them in the butter.
Dice 4 large carrots.
Add them to the onions.
Dice 4 large stalks of celery and add them to the pot. I am still using the celery from my garden.
Saute' these for a few minutes. You still want them to have a bit of crunch. Set the pot aside.
Remove as much meat as you can from the turkey carcass and place it in a large heavy pot and fill it with water.
Add a couple large onions cut in half. You can leave the skins on. Add 6 carrots, 4 bay leaves, 4 stalks of celery and a sprinkling of black peppercorns. Bring to a boil and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.
Dice the turkey meat into small cubes.
After 1 1/2 hours remove the carcass and all solids from the pot. Strain the liquid.
Put your vegetables back on the burner and return to medium high heat. Stir 1 1/2 cup of flour into the vegetables and cook for a few minutes to cook off the floury taste.
Start to pour in your stock.
Add any leftover gravy you still have. This is why I always make lots of gravy.
Stir in the cubed turkey.
Add 1 1/2 cups of long grained rice.
Add some freshly chopped parsley.
Stir in 2 cups of half and half.
Add some freshly cracked black pepper. Cover the pot and let it to simmer for about 40 minutes until the rice is cooked.
This is a wonderful way to use the leftover turkey. My daughter went to work this morning with enough of this to feed her whole office. Her co-workers wait all year for this soup.
This recipe made 8 quarts of soup.....2 went to work!
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