Spicy Turkey & Jasmine Rice Soup

adapted from a cooks illustrated recipe, see title for link.

Basic Turkey stock (makes 3 quarts)
1 turkey carcass from 12 pound turkey cut into 4 or 5 large pieces to fit in pot. (try to keep plenty of meat on the carcass when you freeze it for soup)
1 Large Onion, peeled and halved
1 Large carrot, peeled and halved
1 Large Celery Rib, chopped course
3 medium garlic cloves, unpeeled and smashed
2 cups dry white wine
1 bay leaf
5 sprigs fresh parsley
3 sprigs fresh thyme

1. Bring turkey carcass, onion, carrot, celery, garlic, wine, bay leaf, and 4 1/2 quarts water to boil in 12 quart stockpot over med/high heat, skimming fat that rises to surface. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered for 2 hours, continuing to skim surface as necessary. Add parsley and thyme; continue to simmer about 2 hours longer.
2. Strain stock through large mesh strainer into a large bowl, remove meat from strained solids, shred into bite size pieces and set aside. discard solids in strainer. cool stock slightly (20 minutes) spoon fat from surface. stock can be refrigerated covered for up to 2 days.

Spicy Turkey and Jasmine Rice Soup
1/2 basic Turkey stock and 1/2 reserved shredded turkey meat
1 stalk lemon grass, trimmed to bottom 6 inches and bruised with the back of a chef’s knife
1 and 3/4 inch fresh ginger, peeled, cut into thirds and crushed with the back of chef’s knife
2 large garlic cloves crushed a bit with back of chefs knife
2 fresh jalapeno chiles, halved with seeds removed
3 Kaffir lime leaves
lime juice from 1/2 lime
1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 cup brown jasmine rice
2 Tbsp. minced fresh cilantro
1 and 1/2 Tbsp. fresh basil leaves
3 medium scallions sliced thin

1. Bring turkey stock to simmer in large stockpot over med/high heat. Add lemon grass, ginger, garlic, chiles, kaffir lime leaves and 1 tsp. salt. cover and simmer until broth is fragrant (about 10 minutes) Add juice from lime and stir.
2. With slotted spoon remove and discard- lemon grass, ginger, garlic, chiles and kaffir lime leaves. Add rice and reserved shredded turkey meat; bring to boil, then reduce heat to medium and simmer covered until rice is tender (35 minutes) Adjust seasonings with salt and pepper.
ladle soup into individual bowls and sprinkle with cilantro, basil, crushed red pepper flakes and scallions. serve immediately.

(use the remainder of the stock to make turkey gluten free noodle soup)

  1. i made this last week using a roaster chicken. stock and all! a little time consuming but the soup was very flavourful and was great for a simple dinner. and the left over stock went into slow cooker chili later on.

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