We had an early Thanksgiving dinner at our daughter's home last night. We were getting ready to leave when I noticed the stripped-down turkey carcass sitting on a plate on the counter.
"What are you going to do with that?" I queried. "You're not throwing it out, are you?"
"Why," she answered, "are you going to make us some turkey-frame soup?"
So I came home with the main ingredient for one of our favorite soups. You'd be amazed at the amount of meat that's still hiding on that turkey skeleton.
If you'd like to it, here's the recipe, right out of the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook:
TURKEY FRAME SOUP
1 meaty turkey frame
8 cups water
1 large onion, quartered
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
chopped cooked turkey
1. Break turkey frame or cut in half with kitchen shears. Place in a large pot. Add water, onion, and garlic salt. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.
2. Remove turkey frame. When cool enough to handle, cut meat off bones; coarsely chop meat. If necessary, add enough turkey to equal 2 cups. Set aside. Discard bones. Strain broth. Skim fat from broth.
1 14 1/2-ounce can of chopped tomatoes
1 tablespoon instant chicken bouillon granules
1 1/2 teaspoon of oregano, basil, marjoram, or thyme, crushed (I prefer the oregano)
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 cups (any combination) sliced celery, carrots, parsnips or mushrooms; chopped onionis or rutabagas; or broccoli or cauliflower flowerets (or slice some cabbage)
1 1/2 cups medium noodles
3. Return broth to pot. Stir in undrained tomatoes, bouillon cubes, herb and pepper. Stir in vegetables. Return to boiling; reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in uncooked noodles, simmer for 8 to 10 minutes more or until noodles are tender but still firm, and vegetables are crisp-tender. Stir in turkey; heat through. Makes about 9 1/2 cups.
This stuff is low-fat, low-calorie, and a great way to use something you'd ordinarily throw away.
You can go to google and find lots of variations on this. After all, it's just soup!!! Be as creative as you want to.
(PS to my daughter: I made more than this recipe makes, so there's plenty to share; I simply have to pick up the dry noodles on the way home from Church, re-heat the stuff and add noodles and turkey.)