A great way to use up turkey leftovers! Spicy Turkish soup with a yogurt and turkey stock base, chickpeas, rice, cayenne, paprika, mint, and lemon.
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup raw basmati rice (rinsed if package directs you to rinse)
- 4 cups turkey stock (or chicken stock)
- 2-3 cups cooked leftover turkey meat, dark or light, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 cup full-fat plain yogurt
- 1 large egg yolk
- 2 Tbsp flour
- 1 15-ounce can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 2 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 teaspoons)
- 2 teaspoons sweet paprika (can also use smoked paprika for a smokey added touch)
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (more or less to taste)
- 3 Tbsp finely chopped mint
- Lemon wedges, for serving
This recipe I adapted to use with leftover Thanksgiving turkey and freshly made turkey stock. You can also make this starting with raw turkey, with 2 pounds of bone-in, skin-on turkey thighs or legs (thighs are easier to work with). Place the turkey parts in a pot with half an onion, a chopped carrot, and a sprig of parsley. Cover with cold water by an inch. Bring to a simmer and cook until the turkey is cooked through, about 45 minutes to an hour. Remove turkey to a plate and let cool. Pour pot contents through a strainer into a bowl to capture the stock. Once the turkey meat has cooled, remove and discard the skins and bones. Cut the meat into 1-inch pieces. Now you should have enough stock and turkey meat for this recipe.
1 Cook the rice: Bring water, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and rice to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce heat to a low simmer, cover, and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for 10 minutes.
2 Heat the turkey stock: In a medium saucepan, add the turkey stock and bring to a simmer, remove from heat. (If you are like us, and make your own homemade turkey stock and store it in glass jars, you can remove the lid from the jar and heat the stock in the microwave. You are just trying to warm up the stock in this step.)
3 Add stock to yogurt, egg yolk, flour: Whisk together the yogurt, egg yolk, and flour in a large pot. Slowly add the heated stock, whisking after each small addition to incorporate. Heat to a simmer.
4 Add the chickpeas, cooked turkey, and cooked rice. Add salt and pepper to taste.
5 Make paprika butter sauce: Melt the butter on medium heat in a small skillet. Stir in the garlic, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Cook for a couple minutes, until fragrant, then remove from heat.
6 Serve: Serve soup with a small amount of paprika butter sauce swirled on the surface. Sprinkle with chopped mint. Serve with lemon wedges. Squeeze lemon juice from the wedges onto the soup before eating.