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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Remains of the Day - Turkey Soup with Root Vegetables and Herbed Dumplings


From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...In my kitchen, turkey soup is usually a thrown together affair. The carcass is unceremoniously dumped into a lobster pot, along with a clove studded onion, a few stalks of celery and and several peeled carrots. I add some salt, thyme and a bay leaf and then cover the contents with water and let the brew boil and bubble until it achieves a richness that would set even Macbeth's witches cackling with approval. With that bit of history in mind, you'll better understand how unlikely it was for me to even look at, much less try, this three step turkey soup that comes from an old issue of Fine Cooking magazine. I think the dumplings, made from a choux paste that simmers and steams in the soup, were my undoing. I couldn't resist giving them a try and I'm happy to report they are worth the small effort required to make them. The soup is enjoyable but very mildly flavored and without the dumplings would be a ho-hum affair. The dumplings, however, are really special and I urge you to try the soup because of them. They are not hard to make, though you may have to cook them 5 to 10 minutes longer than the recipe suggests. The important thing is to try them. They are much lighter than biscuit-type dumplings and the herbs give them enormous flavor. Here is how the soup and the dumplings are made.


Turkey Soup with Root Vegetables and Herbed Dumplings...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of fine Cooking magazine

Ingredients:
Broth
2 medium carrots cut in 2-inch pieces
2 medium celery sticks cut in 2-inch pieces
1 medium onion cut in quarters
2 bay leaves
1 cup dry white wine
1 turkey carcass halved and any extra bones
Soup
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 yellow onion, finely diced
4 medium carrots quartered and cut in 1/2- inch pieces
4 medium parsnips quartered, cored and cut in 1/2-inch pieces
1-1/2 cups celery root cut in 1/2-inch pieces
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 (14.5-oz.)/can diced tomatoes with juice
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 bay leaf
3 cups medium diced turkey
2 cups chopped Swiss chard leaves, ribs removed
Dumplings
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 teaspoons Kosher salt
3/4 cup all purpose flour
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon fresh dill
1 tablespoon fresh parsley
1 tablespoon fresh chives

Directions:
1) To make broth: In a 10 quart pot, combine  carrots, celery, onion, bay leaves, wine, carcass and bones. Add 7 quarts of water and bring to a simmer over medium high heat. Reduce heat and simmer gently until broth is rich and flavorful 4 - 6 hours. Strain broth through a fine sieve and discard solids. Let cool, then skim off and discard  fat on the surface. Refrigerate.
2) To make soup: Heat oil in a heavy duty 6 to 8 quart pot over medium high heat. Add  onion and cook until starting to brown, about 2 minutes. Add carrots, parsnips, and celery and cook until  vegetables start to color, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add  tomatoes, wine, and bay leaf and bring to a boil. Add 2 quarts of  turkey broth and return to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until  vegetables are tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add  turkey and Swiss chard and simmer until the chard is wilted, about 5 minutes.
3) To make dumplings: In a 3 quart saucepan, bring 3/4 cup water and  butter and salt to a boil over medium heat. When  butter melts, remove  pan from  heat and stir in  flour until thoroughly combined. Return  pan to medium heat and stir until mixture pulls away from side of the pan. Scrape  dough into a large bowl. With a sturdy wooden spoon, beat in  eggs one by one until batter is smooth. Fold in the chopped herbs. Using two 1/2- teaspoon measures, drop spoonfuls of batter into simmering soup until all batter is used. After dumplings rise to top, cover pan and steam dumplings until they have doubled, about 4 minutes. Serve hot. Yield: 6 to 8 servings.

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5 comments :

Gwen Wangler said...

Hi Mary...you forgot to add the eggs in the dumpling recipe. They sound yummy...can't wait to try them when I find out how many eggs to use.

Mary Bergfeld said...

Gwen, thanks so much for catching that. I've corrected the recipe. You'll need 3 large eggs.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I used to make dumplings quite often but have not made them for ages. Thanks for the reminder. Have a good week Diane

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

I have never made dumplings before. This looks delicious.

Fondly,
Glenda

David said...

Mary, I use almost every scrap of leftover turkey for sandwiches. For health reasons, I should switch to the soup...minus the dumplings... Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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