Turkey Chowder

"I tried this chowder after an ice skating party, and when I went back for more it was long gone. It is rich and creamy and absolutely melts in your mouth. It is expected and devoured at every family gathering I have, there is never any left over, and always people asking for more."
 
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Ready In:
1hr 20mins
Ingredients:
11
Serves:
8-10
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ingredients

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directions

  • Saute onions, carrots, celery in butter until soft but not brown.
  • Blend in flour.
  • Gradually stir in broth, then half& half.
  • Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens.
  • Stir in salt, pepper, cayenne, and turkey.
  • Stir a few minutes until turkey is heated through.
  • Devour!

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Reviews

  1. Ptangeles
    This rates an "Excellent" in my recipe file. The simplicity is what makes the flavor so delicious. I always try a recipe the way it is written first then, if needed, add to it when I make it again. In this case, it's great just the way it is. Definitely a keeper. Thanks Barefootcountrygirl!
     
  2. Chalko
    Yummy! It kind of tasted like turkey pot pie without the bread. I didn't add the celery and added peas in the last few minutes of cook time instead. I think I will try this again as a pot pie base, and throw a pie crust on top and bake it. Delicious!
     
  3. Roosie
    I improvised a bit with this- adding chopped red bell pepper, corn, a small finely chopped potato, and some other spices (primarily thyme and curry). I also used 2% milk in lieu of half-and-half, which worked just fine and added the couple Tbs of gravy that we had left over from cooking the turkey. Oh- I also used between 1 and 1.5 cups of turkey instead of two (all I had) and it was plenty, especially with the additional veggies I added. The thing I like about chowders and soups in general is that you can fiddle a lot with the recipe with excellent results. Anyhow, this is a great basic recipe and a terrific and a little non-traditional way to use up leftover turkey! Thanks for posting.
     
  4. KeyWee
    I've had this recipe in my "to try" cookbook for SEVEN years. Finally made it last night with leftover t-day turkey and it was great. Since I suspected we'd like it just from reading the recipe, I made a double batch and am glad I did. Only changes I made were to use chopped yellow onion (didn't have any green) and added a teaspoon of garlic salt because I thought it needed more flavor (but I have a blown sinus gasket that affects my taste buds so keep that in mind:). This is definitely a keeper for us!! Thanks BFCG, wherever you are!
     
  5. Denise!
    Excellent chowder. I followed the base recipe and added finely diced potato and a big splash of white wine. I added a bit more white pepper and a dash of thyme. I used half 1% milk and finished with the half & half. I think next time I will add some green or red pepper. Pretty color, great recipe for using up that gallon of turkey broth from T'giving. Thanks for the recipe, will make again.
     
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  1. Mike McCartney
    The only thing I did different was to add a can of corn, and enough hot sauce to just detect it.
     
  2. I love spicy food
    amazing! i used red pepper instead of celery and skim milk instead of half and half and it was so delicious (and lower in fat). i threw in some leftover rice and it was a great fast meal! tip: i put the first 3 ingredients and the turkey in the food proecessor and it shortened the prep time.
     
  3. Chalko
    Yummy! It kind of tasted like turkey pot pie without the bread. I didn't add the celery and added peas in the last few minutes of cook time instead. I think I will try this again as a pot pie base, and throw a pie crust on top and bake it. Delicious!
     
  4. juniperwoman
    What a great recipe! We cheated and used 2% milk and it was still fantastic! We made some changes to the veggies as well, adding finely chopped potatoes, white onions in place of the green, some corn and peas, and some garlic powder and seasoned salt for added dash.
     
  5. susanratz
    Wow~Yummy~Yum!! This is delicious! I subbed yellow onion for green onions, and added a chopped potato. I also only had canned chicken. Instead of half and half, I used a can of evaporated milk and 4 oz of non-dairy creamer. Very rich and creamy and saved on some of the fat! Thanks so much for sharing! :O)
     

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