Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Thanksgiving Leftovers -- Can You Say Soup?

As the Thanksgiving dishes were cleared away, a huge pile of fresh veggies from our appetizer tray remained on my kitchen counter. Carrots, celery, tomatoes and broccoli.

What to do, what to do! Soup was the answer.

The tomatoes and carrots where chopped, combined with onion and garlic. I sauted them in olive oil, added about 3 cups of broth (from boiling the leftover turkey breast) a dash of lime, salt, pepper, chick peas, and chunks of turkey. And in the end we had a delightful Turkey soup.

The celery and broccoli were chopped and sauted in olive oil. I melted about 1/3 of a stick of butter, added 2 tablespoons of flour, and made a paste. The paste along with 3.5 cups for vegetable broth and a 1/2 cup of whole milk were added to the veggies. I tossed in some of the leftover wild rice, and in an hour we had another amazing soup....creamed celery and broccoli soup.

Should a host or hostess every offer to send home left over veggies from a holiday party, you now have some inspiration to turn those into some amazing soups. Most ended up in the freezer to be enjoyed in the weeks ahead.

How about you -- what's your favorite Thanksgiving leftover accomplishment?

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