Turkey Left Over

I’m just getting around to writing about our leftover Thanksgiving turkey.
If we don’t serve a turkey on Thanksgiving, Carol likes to buy one anyway, just to have turkey leftovers. I’m no fan of sandwiches — as you must know by now — so I’ve made Turkey Pot Pie which is pretty good, and other kinds of soups and stews. This year, I was attracted to the Dish it Up column in the Reno Gazette Journal (RGJ) for Turkey Barley Soup. That column is written by Nancy Horn, owner of Dish Cafe and Catering in Reno. As you shall see, she writes about home-style food that tastes good.

The RGJ has a really good food section that appears on Wednesdays. It usually has five full pages and covers things interesting enough that I usually read it all. This week — January 23 — for example:

Do they cut the Mustard: We blind taste 11 national brands…
Dish it Up: Pantry Raid! Southwestern black beans
Courtney’s Kitchen: Chicken won tons, Orange beef by Courtney Barnes of Gourmet Rooster
In One Ear: Tidbits, sightings and buzz from Northern Nevada’s food and drink scene.
Tilapia steamed with soy sauce, ginger by Sara Moulton (AP)
Sweet potatoes loaded with cheese and kale by Elizabeth Karmel (AP)
Poached eggs over ricotta and arugula by J.M. Hirsh (AP)

Surprise! The the Dish It Up column for the week of November 27 was for Turkey Barley Soup. I wouldn’t be writing this if the soup weren’t incredibly good and EZ and the leftovers great. It seems as though it would freeze well, but ours wasn’t around long enough to try that.

start chopping… onion, celery, carrot

clockwise from top: vegetables, turkey stock, barley, turkey meat

the vegetables cook in my Joyce Chen clay pot

soup is served

Nancy Horn of Dish Cafe and Catering Co.
Yield, about 3 quarts soup.

Place a dutch oven on stove over medium high heat. Add 1 Tbsp each of butter and olive oil. Peel and chop 3 carrots, 3 celery stalks, 2 large leeks (tender parts), 1 large yellow onion.  Add to pot, along with 1 bay leaf. Stir and season with salt/pepper mixture and saute until vegetables are softened and beginning to brown around edges.
Peel and smash 4 cloves garlic; add to pot and cook a minute. Add 1 cup dry white wine and stir to deglaze the pot. Simmer to reduce wine by half.
Add 8 cups turkey stock, 1 cup pearl barley and 3 sprigs thyme. Simmer, covered, stirring every now and then until barley is tender, about 1 hour.
Chop and stir in 1 bunch Italian Parsley and 2 cups shredded cooked turkey. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Adjust amount of stock for brothyness. Serve with Romano or Parmesan cheese.

Nancy Horn of Dish Cafe and Catering Co.
Yield, about 6 quarts.

Preheat Oven to 225.
In a large stockpot, place Turkey carcass, 4 each carrots and celery stalks; 2 onions, quartered, unpeeled; 1 lemon, rinsed and quartered; 6 peppercorns, 3 bay leaves; an herb bouquet. Cover with cold water. Cover and place in oven for 12 hours.
Remove from oven, remove solids and strain. Let stand for at least an hour and skim or otherwise remove fat.

Note: These recipes are written in what I call the “Narrative  Style” of recipe writing. Rather than list all the ingredients and then provide directions on what to do with them, I do it all together, giving each ingredient instant context. I will write more on this later in my next EATS entry on Albondigas Soup, a much more complex dish.

4 thoughts on “Turkey Left Over

  1. his is a little different from the carcass soup we make. We’ll have to try it.


  2. Sounds good. I always make turkey soup and like C. must puchase turkey even when we go out for Thanksgiving. Have turkey in deep freeze, will try.
    You might be interested in knowing 4 degrees yesterday and 6 this am.


  3. I’d rather just come to your house for turkey barley soup. I agree with Hope. A turkey around Thanksgiving is almost always cooked. Besides some type of turkey soup I traditionally make turkey tetrazzini with leftovers. Unlike you, turkey breast sandwiches are a favorite.

    We had a high of 77 today.


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