Are you tired of reading about leftover turkey? Imagine having to EAT all this leftover meat. Turkey sandwiches every day, stew, casserole, cold, hot...and I swear this is the last you'll hear of it for a while on this site: cream of turkey soup!
I didn't bother photographing this soup because, frankly, cream soups rarely make inspiring photographs. The soup, however, was inspired. Well, I thought so anyway and my Critic was extemely happy with it too: he had two bowls last night for dinner and another bowl at lunch today. Basically, I took some of the turkey stock and meat and added all the vegetables I thought would go well with cream. And then some cream. It was hot and soothing and extremely tasty. A sensuous feast.
Cream of Turkey Soup (4-6 bowls)
3-4 potatoes (I used leftover roasted ones, but raw ones could be substituted)
2 small carrots
2/3 cup sweet corn
2/3 cup frozen peas
2 cups chopped turkey meat, mostly white meat
4-5 cups turkey broth
1/2 cup cream
a little butter, a little tarragon, a little salt and a little pepper
Clean and slice the leek and sweat in a little butter. Add half the turkey stock and the potatoes. As my potatoes were already cooked, I was able to blitz the soup with my hand-held blender; if they are raw, simmer until the potatoes are cooked and THEN blitz the mixture with a blender or food processor. Add the vegetables and tarragon and bring to a boil. When the carrots are tender, add the turkey meat. Bring back to a boil and then turn down the heat so that the soup simmers. Pour a spoonful of the hot soup into the cream, mix and then add the cream to the soup. (This should keep the soup from curdling.) Stir well and taste for salt and pepper. If you used home-made soup stock you may well find it needs a bit of salt. A good grinding of pepper will also add a little bite to the velvet creaminess.
Serve hot with bread and butter or buttered toast. Curl up in front of the TV like a cat and enjoy some real comfort food!
Note: I have now frozen the last of the turkey meat and turkey stock so we should all be spared any further uses for turkey for at least a little while. Whew!