This year for Thanksgiving, we did a potluck thing. Each person brought a few dishes and we rented out the very nice clubhouse of my parent’s apartment complex. It worked out awesome (well, except for Miami losing in the last second of the game). No one’s house was a mess and the burden to cook the whole meal wasn’t on any one person.
I brought a few paleo sides and pies but my mom was in charge of the turkey. She had one large heritage turkey and one turkey breast that she cooked and brought. Two days later she called and told me to pick up the stock she had made from it. Almost two gallons, I kid you not. So yes, I made a LOT of soup, see?
But I have taken the recipe down to make it a serving for a normal family for dinner and some leftovers. I’m hoping that you saved your turkey carcasses to make stock because it truly tastes the best. There’s a great recipe here from the Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen that explains how to do it well. I also have my how-to on homemade chicken stock (which you could sub in this recipe).
Recipe: Turkey Meatball Soup
For the soup:
- 3 tbps. butter/fat of choice
- 1/2 c. yellow onions, diced
- 1/2 c. celery, diced (plus the center leaves, chopped)
- 1/2 lb. carrots (1/2 bag), peeled and sliced
- 2 tsp. poultry seasoning (sub 1 tsp. thyme, 1/2 tsp. sage, 1/2 tsp. rosemary)
- 2 tbsp. fresh chopped parsley
- pinch salt
- 64 oz. turkey stock (sub chicken)
For the meatballs:
- 1 lbs ground turkey
- 1 egg
- 1/4 c. yellow onion, finely minced
- 2 tsp. dijon mustard
- 1 tsp. minced garlic
- 3 tbsp. Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 tsp. onion powder
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/3 c. walnut meal (sub other nut meal/binder)
- In a large saucepan, melt the butter on low heat.
- Add the celery, onions, parsley, poultry seasoning, and salt and cook on low, stirring often until onions are translucent.
- Add the stock and carrots and turn heat to high.
- To make the meatballs, simply mix all ingredients in order.
- When the soup reaches a boil, lower to a slow simmer before adding the meatballs by rolling the meat into balls and gently lowering them into the pot.
- Cook on low/simmer and additional 30-45 minutes.