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Use your turkey carcass and leftover stuffing to make this delicious soup, served with fried stuffing balls!


Recipe Summary

6 hrs 10 mins
6 hrs 40 mins
30 mins
8 servings


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Stuffing Balls:


Instructions Checklist
  • Heat a slow cooker on High until hot. Stir in butter, followed by carrots, celery, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, 6 to 8 minutes.

  • Stir the turkey carcass, chicken broth, thyme, sage, and bay leaf into the slow cooker. Reduce the heat to Low, cover, and cook until turkey meat is falling off the bones, about 6 hours.

  • While the soup is cooking, make the stuffing balls. Roll the leftover stuffing into 2-inch balls. Place bread crumbs into a shallow dish and coat balls evenly in bread crumbs.

  • Heat vegetable oil in a deep pan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Fry stuffing balls in the hot oil until evenly browned, about 3 minutes. Remove stuffing balls with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Set aside.

  • Discard the turkey bones from the soup. Serve with two stuffing balls in each bowl.

Cook's Note:

And if you want a nice meal without the pre-work of an actual turkey dinner, simply use 4 turkey thighs and a box of Stove Top stuffing! If stuffing is being made that day make sure it has time to cool in the refrigerator; the balls will hold their shape better when the stuffing is cold.

Nutrition Facts

2681 calories; protein 73.5g; carbohydrates 27.2g; fat 253g; cholesterol 393mg; sodium 1012.3mg. Full Nutrition