The Day After the Feast Before Turkey Soup

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Recipe by JackieOhNo

I had always been a great follower of Craig Claiborne and Pierre Franey of The New York Times, and learned to cook by following their recipes. They printed this recipe in 1987, from which I learned to make a rich, delicious stock and heartwarming soup. I have continued this tradition for 21 years now, and am posting this recipe here so that I am assured of never losing it! Over the years, though, I have made some personalization to it. For instance, my habit has been, after dinner, to remove all meat from the turkey frame. I then immediately put the entire turkey frame in a huge stockpot with enough water to cover, and add the rest of the stock ingredients. Instead of cooking it for 1 hour, though, I usually let it simmer for anywhere from 3 to 4 hours. Before I go to bed for the evening, I strain the soup, let it cool, and refrigerate for use the next day. That Thanksgiving Friday, I skim the fat off the chilled stock, and then prepare the soup as directed. Again, I must reiterate, it is delicious!

Top Review by sugarpea

Excellent broth (have made it precisely this way for years). So I took my broth out of the freezer and proceeded with the soup, using a 14oz can of tomatoes and cooked barley rather than orzo. It was fast, easy, fresh-tasting and a big hit at the table. Don't let the long list of ingredients put you off, you just throw it in a soup pot and let it simmer. I added Recipe #216828, a marvelous marriage.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. To make the stock, put the bones in a kettle and add any leftover turkey skin.
  2. Add the water, giblet gravy, bay leaf, thyme, celery tops, coarsley chopped carrots, coarsely chopped onion, green part of leeks, parsley, salt and pepper. Bring to the boil and let simmer for one hour. As the broth cooks, skim off and discard any scum, foam and fat that rises to the surface.
  3. Strain the broth into a clean kettle, discarding the solids, and skim off all fat from the top. Bring to the boil and add the diced carrots, diced celery, white part of leeks, finely chopped onion, tomatoes, zucchini and garlic. Let simmer about 10 minutes, then add the orzo. Continue cooking five minutes and add the corn kernels and cubed turkey meat Continue cooking 15 minutes. Stir in the parsley. Serve with the grated Parmesan cheese on the side.

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