Lovely Leftovers: Turkey Curry Soup with Brown Rice

Turkey Curry Soup

This, for slashfood’s Lovely Leftovers Day.

This recipe came about because:
1. I wanted to do something for slashfood’s leftover day,
2. I have a ton of turkey to use (12 pound bird for three people!),
3. I had all the other ingredients on hand, and
4. While walking around Penzey’s with my mom, I picked up a recipe card for somthing similar to this (although their version was sans the coconut milk, veggies, tomato, ginger and brown rice).

I made the turkey stock Sunday afternoon by putting the carcass in a big stock pot, covering with water, adding half an onion, a bay leaf, a one-inch piece of ginger and three garlic cloves. I simmered about three hours and skimmed any icky stuff off the top. Then I strained the stock and refrigerated it in a ziplock bag. Now, it’s dinner time.

Turkey Curry Soup with Brown Rice:
1 1/2 cups chopped, cooked turkey
3 cups turkey stock
1 medium onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup carrots, chopped
2 heads broccoli (or broccoli florets from a vegetable tray)
A handful of baby carrots, chopped (another great use for raw, leftover veggies — if you’ve got others — throw them in too!)
1 tbsp (or more) curry powder (I used about 2 tbsp)
1 tsp (or more) cumin
1 can coconut milk
2 tomatoes, diced
1 tsp minced fresh ginger
1 tbsp vegetable or peanut oil
3/4 cup brown rice
Salt to taste
Cilantro leaves and lime wedges for garnish

Heat the oil in a heavy stock pot. Add onion and carrot — cook until soft, 3-4 minutes. Next add garlic, spices, and ginger. Sauté for a couple more minutes, then add turkey stock, coconut milk and diced tomatoes. Stir in turkey. Add rice and let simmer until rice is tender — about 35-40 minutes. Clean broccoli and cut off the florets (if needed). Add to soup and cook until tender (4 minutes or so). Serve with chopped cilantro and lime wedges garnish.


Behold, The Turkey Sandwich:
Also, in the true spirit of Thanksgiving leftovers — here is my lunch Sunday afternoon: a turkey and smoked gouda sandwich with spinach and honey mustard on a leftover dinner roll. Mmm!


10 Replies to “Lovely Leftovers: Turkey Curry Soup with Brown Rice”

  1. If I had had regular sandwich bread … mmm! I would have thrown everything on it! Alas, I just had mini-ciabatta rolls so I had a little, tiny sandwich 🙂

  2. Hi Michelle,
    Just letting you know I’m linking to this recipe for a collection of after-Thanksgiving turkey soups I’m posting for South Beach Recipes of the Week. Love the sound of this recipe! Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. This is excellent, except we used celery in place of the broccoli and 2% milk instead of coconut milk.

  4. Excellent: Substituted Celery for Broccoli, 2% for Coconut milk and Chicken Broth for Turkey Stock.

  5. I used leftover white rice from the mongolian grill but the soup was still great on a snowy night.

  6. This looks divine. I have a load of turkey and have been having cravings for coconut curry. Life is grand. thanks! Found you via Simply Recipes.

  7. I LOVED your recipe! i was trying it out before our Thanksgiving Friday party — just starting a theme this year to bring your most creative and/or delicious dish made w/ Thursday’s left overs. THANKS for a WINNER. the lime/cilantro garnish is perfect! i also added some chinese hot sauce for a little kick 😉

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