Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Final Fun Playing With Our Monster Turkey

It is said that all good things must come to an end. And so, our 32 pound turkey has finally gone to its last reward in our tummies.

We enjoyed a final meal of turkey slices simmered in gravy several days ago.

The Last Slabs Wait For the Gravy to Get Warm Enough to Receive Them

All that remained after this meal was the carcass, bones, and some odd chunks of meat. Yes, a sad moment - but not when a great recipe for Thai-Style Turkey Soup is in the house!

We started by emptying out all of the bags of bones and such from the freezer. We found some beef and lamb bones, in addition to poultry. The turkey carcass, bones (and a couple of chicken feet) went into the stockpot. This mixture yielded exquisite stock.

Bob then, for the most part, followed the linked recipe. We also found that adding chopped scallions improved it - and some chopped peanuts would also have added value had we sprinkled them in. And since it was a main dish for us, we served it over softened rice stick noodles.

The results were delicious:

Also, we used Squid brand fish sauce for the first time and really liked it - it imparted authentic flavor without being overly fishy.

This dinner wraps up our fun playing with local fresh turkey for this season. We'll just have to wait 'til next year to play with turkey this exquisite!


  1. Could you please tell me whether your Cuisinart fine grater has holes? I bought this for my mom and don't know whether to return it or not. She says the underside is smooth. Sorry to bug you with this, but I can't find any info! We use the fine grater to make Zeppelinai . . . a Lithuanian potato dish

  2. No - the fine grater doesn't have holes. There's a photo of it in this post:

    And don't worry about the lack of holes - it still makes a mean Latke!