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Big Black Dog: Antlers Wild Rice Soup - The Best Recipe for Turkey Leftovers!

November 27, 2009

Antlers Wild Rice Soup - The Best Recipe for Turkey Leftovers!


Trying to use all the leftovers from your most anticipated Thanksgiving Feast can be daunting. I know every time I open up the refrigerator and see nothing but small Tupperware like containers, all packed to the brim with salads, mashed potatoes, vegetables and turkey, I think "what am I going to do with it all".

Antlers Wild Rice Soup is my favorite recipe for leftover turkey! Actually I look forward to the Antlers Soup more so then the Roasted Turkey! I have no idea how the name Antlers worked it way into this recipe but I can only imagine my deer-hunting uncles at our cottage in MI mixing up a batch of this soup and dubbing it Antlers Soup to honor Opening Day of Deer Hunting season!

I've tweaked this recipe over the years and now always add garlic and thyme. But I have to honest be...this is probably one of the best soups I've ever tasted and with a side of freshly made bread it's one of my Call-It-Dinner meals!



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Antlers Wild Rice Soup
Recipe adapted from my friend Marigene

1/2 cup uncooked wild rice, rinsed and drained
3 14-ounce cans chicken broth or 5 1/4 cups homemade chicken stock
1 cup chopped carrot
1/2 c chopped celery
1/2 c chopped green onion, including tops
2 c sliced fresh mushrooms
2 TBL butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 cup whipping cream (I used half and half)
2 cups chopped cooked chicken (I used turkey)
2 cloves of garlic, minced (I used Martin's Heirloom Garlic)
2 tsp fresh Thyme

1. In 4 qt. Dutch oven, combine uncooked wild rice, 2 cans broth, carrot, celery and onion.

2. Bring to boiling; reduce heat, simmer 35 to 40 minutes or until the rice is tender but still chewy, adding mushrooms the last 5 minutes of cooking.

3. In medium saucepan, melt butter, stir in flour, salt and pepper. Add the remaining 1 can of broth.

4. Cook and stir until bubbly for 1 minute more; stir in the cream. Add cream mixture to rice mixture, stirring constantly.

5. Stir in chicken or turkey, garlic and thyme and heat through.




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23 Comments:

Anonymous kellypea said...

Sounds so yummy -- love wild rice! Somehow our turkey always gets eaten before I can do anything serious with the leftovers. ; (

November 27, 2009 at 7:39 PM  
Blogger TeaLady said...

UUUMMM!!!! This sounds delicious. I have some wild rice in the pantry that I really didn't know what to do with. So will have to try this one.

November 27, 2009 at 8:07 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Beautiful! I sent all my leftovers home with my daughter, otherwise I would give this a try!

November 27, 2009 at 10:03 PM  
Blogger The Quintessential Magpie said...

Gosh this sounds good!

XO,

Sheila :-)

November 27, 2009 at 11:55 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

Looks like a wonderfully creamy and delicious soup! I bet you are right about the soup being titled "antlers". Men everywhere are all about deer hunting right now. Sounds like the perfect soup for them to eat when they want to get warmed up.

November 28, 2009 at 12:22 AM  
Blogger The Little Teochew said...

Leftovers never looked so goooood! Yum!

Ju

November 28, 2009 at 8:04 AM  
Blogger SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I've heard of the soup before but have never tried it. It looks delicious! I think I'll try it for a simple Sunday dinner tomorrow. Thanks for the idea!

November 28, 2009 at 8:38 AM  
Blogger Fresh Local and Best said...

This looks like a great way to give Thanksgiving turkey a second life!

November 28, 2009 at 9:28 AM  
Blogger Joanne said...

Having a fridge full of leftovers actually starts to make me anxious after a while. I start opening it up and having panic attacks after a while. This is a great recipe to use up turkey though! It looks so delicious, especially with that homemade bread that you mentioned.

November 28, 2009 at 10:04 AM  
Blogger YankeeQuilter said...

Love soup recipes for over the holidays when the house gets crazy...thanks!

November 28, 2009 at 11:48 AM  
Blogger Catherine said...

Mmm, this soup sounds so good right now! I still have turkey leftovers, I may give it a go! :) Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

November 28, 2009 at 12:50 PM  
Anonymous Lynda said...

Yum!! Sounds like a keeper. I'll see if I can get the head chef to fix it!

Love that dish too!

November 28, 2009 at 3:06 PM  
Blogger Jeanette said...

That looks incredible. I think I have everything in the pantry. Good bye turkey noodle soup....hello Antlers Wild Rice Soup

November 28, 2009 at 5:59 PM  
Blogger girlichef said...

Yum, sounds awesome! We pretty much ran out of turkey this year... :( boo...but I can dream :D

November 28, 2009 at 6:25 PM  
Blogger Daryl at Vermont Cottage said...

Just wanted you to know I linked to your blog. I'm planning to try this soup tonight with our leftover turkey :).

D.

November 29, 2009 at 7:21 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

This sounds so warm and inviting. I need more soup recipes and I think my family would love this! Glad you had a great Thanksgiving!

November 29, 2009 at 9:13 AM  
Anonymous Helen in CA said...

let's see: used left-over turkey gravy & turkey stock for one of the steps.....in addition to the obvious turkey meat.

Quite Yummy!

Now if I only hadn't been out of bread dough to have fresh bread w/ this.......

Thanks Michelle

November 29, 2009 at 9:29 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

oh yum!! Michelle, this looks fantastic!

November 29, 2009 at 11:13 PM  
Blogger Cristie said...

Soup sounds wonderful and I love your comments that went with it! I wish you were my neighbor, you must have a good laugh every day!

November 30, 2009 at 12:26 PM  
Blogger Karine said...

Great way to use turkey leftovers. It looks delicious! :)

December 1, 2009 at 6:30 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

It's gorgeous! I will bookmark this, definitely something i would enjoy :)

December 1, 2009 at 6:44 AM  
Anonymous Kayte said...

Great looking recipe. The problem with going somewhere else for Thanksgiving (my in-laws) is that I never end up with any leftover materials! That plate and bowl are absolutely fun and beautiful. I could spend days drooling over all your dishware.

December 3, 2009 at 7:58 AM  
Blogger Mimi said...

Michelle, glad that you like the soup so much...I haven't made it at all this year...looks like I probably won't either! Your bowl of soup looks wonderful, even with the turkey, instead of chicken! LOL

December 28, 2009 at 5:04 PM  

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