Black Friday Creamy Turkey Soup

Every year I look forward to Black Friday. Not for the reason that most look forward to this day; you see, I hate shopping. Especially if I have to deal with crowds. I’ll just pay full price, thank you  very much! No, the reason I look forward to this day is because I get to make my special Black Friday Turkey Soup.

I’m not the only one who thinks this turkey soup is something special. Although it has evolved slightly over the years, I have been sharing some form of this recipe on my facebook page for many years now. Each year, I have friends tagging me in their turkey soup posts and photos. And if you decide to try this recipe like they did, you’ll likely be tagging me in your photos too!

 

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Black Friday Creamy Turkey Soup
turkey soup
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Cook Time 2 hours
Servings
1 cup servings
Ingredients
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Cook Time 2 hours
Servings
1 cup servings
Ingredients
turkey soup
Instructions
  1. Begin by stripping your turkey bones of most of the meat. You will be adding it back in later!
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  2. Place turkey carcass in a soup kettle or Dutch oven and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer for one hour. Remove carcass and reserve 2.5 quarts of turkey broth.
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  3. Remove turkey meat from carcass and cut into bite-size pieces. Add more turkey if necessary, to equal three cups.
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  4. Melt butter in a soup kettle or Dutch oven. Saute celery, carrots, onions, and garlic.
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  5. Add flour, and stir for a few minutes.
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  6. Gradually add one quart of the reserved broth. Bring to a boil, then simmer until thickened.
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  7. Add remaining broth, milk, half-N-half, barley, corn, salt, pepper, reserved turkey, and thyme. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45 minutes or until barley is tender.
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Recipe Notes

Be sure to save some to make my Leftovers Turkey Pot Pie recipe that I will be sharing sometime within the coming week! Happy Thanksgiving!

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8 thoughts on “Black Friday Creamy Turkey Soup”

  • I’ve been making this soup every year for the last 7 years and my family loves it just as much as the big Thanksgiving feast itself. My favorite tweaks are to use a carcass from a deep fried turkey using Cajun seasoning and I like to sub out the rice and use barley. Happy cooking! I’ll share my results on Sunday after I’ve made ours!

    • Yup, you’re one of those people I look forward to tagging me in your soup photos! I use barley too! I don’t know if you noticed the recipe, but I’ve changed it a bit over the years, adding 1/2 the butter and flour, and substituting some of the 1/2 and 1/2 etc. It’s still delicious!

  • Funny enough, I was just watching a cooking show where the host made soup and fried BLTs from leftover chicken. I love that you have provided a wonderful soup recipe, for the weather is continually dropping. I love it. I would love to try this recipe, so I will be pinning for later. My family is trying to domesticate me, so they’re encouraging me cooking more lol just in case my husband won’t know how to cook. I can, it’s just that laziness forces me not to. Anyway, great recipe.

    • You sound like my daughter, she will be 23 in December. Can you imagine my frustration, as someone who has authored a cookbook, but can’t get my daughter to step into the kitchen. She has zero interest in cooking, and assures me she will marry a man with cooking skills. One thing she loves to do is travel and blog about it! If you want to check it out it’s at: http://www.theseasidecalls.com

      • I love to cook/bake but I also love to travel. My husband and I lived in Singapore for 2 years, then Vitoria, Brazil for about 2 years and then back home to Mississippi. Talk about a culture shock for a Mississippian. I went to your daughter’s website. I loved it. She is very talented. I know you are proud. Cooking will come to her in time when she finds her mate, she will start trying to do everything for them.

        • Wow, you have been around! Are either of you in the service? I travelled like that when I was in the Navy. I miss it! Glad you enjoyed my daughter’s website, thanks for checking it out. 🙂

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