December 27, 2010

SHHHHH! "My Family Secret Turkey and Dumpling Soup Recipe!" . . . 'Sponge Soup'

"My Families Recipes"
left- Great Grandma Marths'a
right- Grandma Mary's
back- mine
Turkey Soup is one of the most popular ways to reuse several pounds of excess turkey leftovers. And in my home growing up, it was always a tradition after the holidays to do just that. Over the years we have gained many fond memories with our turkey soup recipe. And this soup recipe is one of the easier foods to make on a day when most people across the country are tired and worn out from the holiday celebrations.

To make the Turkey Stock. - "This is not a secret!"
Remove any large pieces of turkey from the carcass and refrigerate to use for sandwiches or salads.  Place remaining carcass into large stock pot     .  Cover with water by about an inch.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer 2 - 4 hours.  Drain stock through a fine strainer into a large bowl and reserve stock.  Pick through boiled bones for any good turkey meat.  Place picked through turkey pieces into large pot along with drained turkey stock.

 Add the following ingredients to the pot: . .
1 bag of chopped carrots
1 bag of celery stalks, chopped
2-3 medium onions
1 tablespoon of parsley flakes
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of pepper or 6 - 10 peppercorns
3-5 tablespoons of chicken bouillon powder
Here's the secret ingredient . . . 1 package of Mrs. Grasses Chicken Soup Mix with the egg. (When my kids were little we had to put in 2 packages, each kid got to put an egg in.
Bring soup to a boil, then turn down to simmer about an hour or so till the vegetables are done.

Now for the best part, the "Dumplings" - my children call them "Sponges"
6 eggs
1 heaping tablespoon of sugar
1 rounded teaspoon of cinnamon - YES, I said cinnamon, try it you'll like it!
1 teaspoon of salt
3/4  of milk
Beat eggs and add remaining ingredients
Here's the tricky part...
you will then add 2 or more cups of flour, beating it in a little at a time until thick ( I would guess brownie mixture thick)
Bring soup to a boil.  Heat spoon (this is important) then drop heaping tablespoons full into the pot.  It may take a second because the dumpling mixture will stick to the spoon that is the reason for the "hot spoon".
Cook 10 minutes, then
                                                             "SOUPS ON"
                             ENJOY - Kate

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