Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Turkey Italian Wedding Soup

Turkey Italian Wedding Soup

I made this after hosting Thanksgiving so I had parts of a turkey on hand. You can also get wings and drumsticks at the grocery store most of the time, no time for that? Get yourself a box of the good turkey stock!!!

In a large pot

Turkey parts (Drumstick, thighs, wing. Left over skin on)

2 carrots, washed, rough cut

2 celery stalks, washed rough cut

1 medium onion, quartered with the skin on

3 cloves of garlic

½ head fennel, rough chopped (optional)

Left over herbs (rosemary, thyme, oregano, sage.)

Water to cover

Salt and pepper

Bring to a boil, cover and lower the flame. Simmer 3-5 hours.  Cool.

My broth wasn’t fatty so I didn’t have to skim it, but if you see a lot of fat on the surface, cool completely and remove solid fat.  Then strain soup through a fine sieve.  Return broth to pot and bring to a boil. 

Turkey Meatballs

1 lb. lean ground turkey

2 eggs

½ cup panko bread crumbs

1 tbsp. garlic powder

1 tbsp. onion powder

1 tbsp. Italian seasoning

Salt and pepper

2 stalks celery, chopped

2 carrots, peeled, chopped

Mush all ingredients together, if too wet add more panko.  Roll into balls smaller than a golf ball.  Once you have rolled all the balls lower the broth and add meatballs one by one.  BE CAREFUL!!!  Add 2 stalks chopped celery, 2 carrots peeled and chopped, let cook 7-10 minutes before adding the following.

1 bunch escarole (they also sell this in a bag pre washed and chopped) washed thoroughly, and chopped

1 lb. frozen cheese tortellini

Add the chopped escarole and cook 5-10 minutes, add the frozen tortellini and cook according to directions, usually 3-5 minutes.  Serve with parmesan cheese. 

If you are using boxed broth simply bring it to a boil (I would use two large boxes) and start at the meatball portion of the recipe.  If you can’t find escarole, spinach is a good substitute. 

Hey there!  I swear I am still here! Clearly the inception of Cakes of Wrath, my custom delivery baking service picked up far quicker than I ever thought possible and poor little Plates of Wrath went by the wayside.  Well as it turns out, I also went out and did a little thing with my fiancĂ©e...we bought a house!!! We decided in August that we wanted to buy and closed and moved in on election day! Crazy! So for a while there it was a lot ALOT of takeout!!! We then decided, what the hey, lets host Thanksgiving!  It was absolutely fulfilling, delicious and nothing short of comical!  Hey new oven, hey new oven probe, hey new smoke alarms!!! We are finally settling in and after the holidays I will be back with a vengeance!  Just hang with me till then! Peace, Love, Cook.