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Thanksgiving Turkey Congee


"My dad used to make huge Thanksgiving dinners, and the morning after, we would be treated to delicious turkey congee. Congee is a Chinese rice porridge traditionally eaten for breakfast or brunch, but I personally eat it any time. It is also very good for digestion and has excellent health benefits. Although I've been having congee since I was a baby, it remains for me the ultimate comfort food."
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2 h 30 m servings 201 cals
Original recipe yields 8 servings

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  1. Place dried scallops and dried mushrooms in a bowl; pour in hot water to cover and let stand to rehydrate, about 10 minutes. Rinse and drain rice; set aside.
  2. Separate any meat from bones of turkey carcass; set aside. Place bones and 9 cups hot water in a large stockpot and bring to a boil. Drain mushrooms and scallops; squeeze out any excess water. Break scallops into smaller pieces; slice mushrooms thinly.
  3. Stir scallops, mushrooms, rice, and turkey meat into the stockpot; reduce heat to allow congee to simmer, partially covered, stirring occasionally for a smooth congee, until rice is tender and congee is thick, about 2 hours. If you like a thinner congee, stir in hot water a few tablespoons at a time.
  4. Ladle congee into individual bowls; top each bowl with cilantro, green onions, ginger, peanuts, red onion, sesame oil, and white pepper as desired.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • Congee is both a very basic and very forgiving meal to make. There are many varieties, and after you have made it a few times, you will develop a preference for the water-to-rice ratio, add-ons, toppings, and seasonings. The ratio I put in this recipe makes a thicker congee, which I prefer, but you can always make it thinner. (It is easier to thin it out as you are cooking than the reverse!)
  • Note that you can leave the bones in the pot while you ladle out the congee.
  • If you have an Asian market near you, you can also buy fried doughnuts (also called fried crullers) to serve with the congee.
  • Leftover congee will thicken, so when you reheat it the next day, you can stir in a tiny bit of water if desired.
  • Look for the dried red onions mentioned in the Toppings in Asian markets or the International aisle of the supermarket.
  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 201 calories; 4.3 g fat; 34.7 g carbohydrates; 6.2 g protein; 5 mg cholesterol; 35 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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I made this recipe for congee ( jook in Cantonese) exactly as written. The consistency and flavors were spot-on for this style of Asian comfort food. It differs slightly from the recipe that I m...

This congee is pretty good though I had to add a ton of salt. The cilantro added a nice bright flavor. Next time I would leave the peanuts out, but that's just my preference.

This is a good base to follow. It is not thanksgiving but I wanted to make the congee. I used the ingredients that I had at my home. I did not have left over turkey but u used the chicken fro...