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Thanksgiving Leftovers

If you’re like me, one of my favorite things to do with leftover Turkey is make turkey soup! My wife makes a fantastic turkey soup, but there are many recipes you can try and enjoy. Here’s one courtesy of the Food Network. If you have one of your own you’d like to share, please leave it in the comment section! Bon Apetit!

Reserved turkey, legs, wings and thighs from Roasted Turkey Breast with Spicy Herb Oil
3 sprigs fresh thyme
2 bay leaves
Kosher salt
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 parsnip, cut in half and sliced
Freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves

In a large pot over high heat, add the turkey parts and cover with 4 quarts water. Add the thyme, bay leaves, and a big pinch of salt and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to simmer, skimming any scum that rises to the surface. Cook until the turkey is cooked through and the liquid has reduced a bit, about 45 minutes. Remove the turkey from the pot. When it is cool enough to handle, shred the meat and discard the skin and bones. Strain the broth.

Wipe out the pot, put it over medium-high heat, and add the oil. When it is hot, add the onions, celery, carrot, and parsnip, season with salt and pepper, and cook until softened, 7 to 8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Add the turkey broth and bring to a simmer. Add the meat to the pot and let it simmer to warm through, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the parsley just before serving.

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