What can you do with all those turkey bones left over from your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner? Chinese congee or jook (Cantonese) is an excellent dish to make with those bones and leftover meat. Scrumptious and delicious meal for breakfast or lunch. Serve with chopped green onions and a deep-fried breadstick or donut (can be purchased frozen or get it from the deli at the Asian market where they sell dim sum).


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15 mins
5 hrs 50 mins
8 hrs 30 mins
14 hrs 35 mins
6 servings


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Place rice into a container and cover with several inches of cool water; let soak 8 hours to overnight. Drain.

  • Soak dried mushrooms in a bowl of warm water until soft, about 20 minutes. Drain and slice into strips.

  • Bring 4 cups water and drained rice to a boil in a pot. Cook until rice breaks down into a thick and mushy consistency, about 45 minutes. Transfer to a slow cooker.

  • Bring 4 cups water and turkey carcass to a boil in a large pot. Simmer until broth forms, about 45 minutes. Skim fat from the surface of the broth.

  • Strain turkey broth into the slow cooker. Pull meat off the carcass and shred; transfer to a bowl. Mix in soy sauce. Discard turkey bones.

  • Stir mushrooms, 1 cup boiling water, garlic, salted turnip, and ginger into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on Low for 4 to 5 hours.

  • Soak dried bean curd in a bowl of warm water until soft, about 10 minutes. Drain and rinse with running water. Break up bean curd into bite-sized pieces.

  • Stir bean curd pieces into the slow cooker. Cook on High for 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

  • Spoon congee into individual bowls. Top with 2 tablespoons of turkey meat and peanuts.

Nutrition Facts

2469 calories; protein 127.5g; carbohydrates 59.8g; fat 191.2g; cholesterol 508.5mg; sodium 330.3mg. Full Nutrition