Rating: 4.63 stars
27 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 20
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

I developed this soup when trying to figure out to do with Thanksgiving dinner leftovers. It is delicious and will turn turkey dinner leftovers into an exciting new dish. You can use any leftover vegetables or omit the cranberry sauce. My family loves it with the cranberry sauce.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
2 hrs
cook:
2 hrs
total:
4 hrs
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Set the oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler. Remove all meat from cooked turkey carcass and set aside. Arrange bones in a roasting pan and broil until browned on both sides.

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  • Transfer browned bones to large stock pot and cover with 6 quarts of water. Trim, peel, and chop the onions, carrots, and celery; add peels and ends of raw onions, celery, and carrots to the stock pot and reserve the cleaned vegetables for the soup. Simmer bones and vegetable scraps for 1 hour. Turn off the heat and allow stock to cool for 20 minutes. Strain the stock, discarding the bones and vegetable scraps. Remove the fat from the stock by refrigerating the stock overnight and removing the hardened fat layer from the top or by skimming the fat from the top of the liquid with a ladle.

  • Combine leftover stuffing and egg whites in a large bowl. Form the stuffing mixture into small balls and place on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave the dumplings on High for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and coat with cooking spray. Add the dumplings and cook until the are golden brown on all sides. Remove from pan and set aside.

  • Add the reserved and chopped turkey meat, onions, celery, and carrots to the strained soup stock; simmer for 1 hour. Stir in the peas, corn, green beans, and turnips; simmer until the vegetables are tender. Pour in the jellied and whole berry cranberry sauces, poultry seasoning, salt, and pepper; stir. When the cranberry sauce has dissolved into the soup add the cooked dumplings and heat through.

Cook's Note:

Leftover mashed potato can be added with the corn and peas but they will make the soup very thick.

Nutrition Facts

512 calories; protein 15.5g; carbohydrates 61g; fat 24.5g; cholesterol 42.8mg; sodium 864.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (26)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2010
This was such a fun idea I had to try it. Soup turned out yummy only change I made was to add leftover gravy instead of cranberry sauce. The stuffing dumplings were really great my hubby and kids loved them too. Thanks for the recipe. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/30/2010
Alot of work. My family was not overly impressed. I think I would cut back on the poultry seasoning. The Suffing balls were tasty but got a little mushy when put into the soup. I am just not sure we would do again. Read More
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27 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 20
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2010
This was such a fun idea I had to try it. Soup turned out yummy only change I made was to add leftover gravy instead of cranberry sauce. The stuffing dumplings were really great my hubby and kids loved them too. Thanks for the recipe. Read More
(28)
Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2010
This was a unique and easy way to use turkey leftovers and the rest of the dinner too! I made a few substitutions: we replaced the cranberry jelly with leftover candied yams (pecans and all!), and rolled the dumplings in cornmeal after the egg for a bit of a crunch (it also helped them stick better). When serving, we put the dumpling at the bottom of the bowl and poured the soup on top. I love the versatility of this dish! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2010
This is great! Of course, soup is one of those things everyone does different, so I did change some stuff. Mainly, just used more carrot, rutabaga, and peas instead of the green beans and poultry seasoning. I added some leftover gravy to the broth and it was so flavorful I didn't even need to use bouillon, just some salt. Lastly, the stuffing balls are time consuming, but worth it. I thought they might be weird, but not at all. If you take a teaspoon and squish the stuffing into it against the side of the bowl, it's easier and quicker to make them nice and smooth so they are easier to brown, and stay together better. Oh, and I didn't find that the can of cranberry added much to it, either way. Would probly skip that next time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2010
Wonderful! Couple of things I did different -No cranberry - I have one cranberry hater and one turnip hater so I omitted those:) -and I used whole egg with the stuffing mix (misread the recipe there) and then instead of using the skillet - I baked the stuffing dumplings with a bit of spray. Thanks for a VERY original idea - everyone raved:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2010
I have to tell you that this is a fail proof recipe. Delicious. My neighbors came back for thirds. We froze half of it. It's that good! It's in the arsenal! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2011
Delicious and such a great use for leftovers! I put in some leftover corn casserole and the gravy. The dumplings are awesome! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2010
I have not tried this yet but the stuffing dumplings is genius! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2010
I made this today. Very good. I used canned chicken broth with leftover turkey and carrots. Added the dressing dumplings at the end and had it made in less than 30 minutes. Very tasty.... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/12/2010
Fantastic!! This is how it's supposed to be done love it! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/30/2010
Alot of work. My family was not overly impressed. I think I would cut back on the poultry seasoning. The Suffing balls were tasty but got a little mushy when put into the soup. I am just not sure we would do again. Read More
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