Oven Cook Turkey Wings and make the best turkey wing soup! I was sure winter had arrived early in November.
It was definitely cold enough for soup. The temperatures did moderate back into the warm category but I’m sure they will drop back down again.
Usually reserved as a post-Thanksgiving meal using the leftover wings, we found that in the past few years, the main ingredients for this hearty “main meal” type soup – the wings – disappeared on Turkey Day itself.[yellowbox]In a hurry? Check out this huge selection of Thanksgiving recipes[/yellowbox]
We’ve always prepared the soup with the roasted wings from the Thanksgiving bird but why not try it with fresh turkey wings? Or with turkey wings which have been roasted specifically for this purpose? Obviously there is more than many different ways to cook turkey wings. I’ve even used the slow cooker to prepare them a day earlier – speeds things up when comes time to assemble the recipe!
You can also take this soup to another level by roasting turkey thighs and creating a stew like main dish.
Turkey parts present endless opportunities!
But I digress…
Let’s stick to the wing part of this big bird.
Here is our hearty, Turkey Wing Soup made with freshly oven roasted turkey wings and a little twist to add flavor. The only problem – if you can call it a problem – is that this soup tastes best the next day. So, we never eat the soup on the same day it is cooked.
Wegmans® sells fresh turkey parts which are ideally packaged for soup! It is rare to find pieces of nearly equal size but when packaged two wings per pack, it yields perfect portions for four.
You can opt to cook the wings raw along with all the other soup ingredients listed below.
You can also put a little twist on it. Oven roast the turkey wings seasoned as if you were preparing Thanksgiving turkey; when cool, remove the meat and set aside. You are adding to the total cooking time for the soup but you would think it’s Thanksgiving all over again.
Prepare the soup as directed in the recipe. Its basically a rich vegetable soup flavored with smoked turkey parts.
When the soup is cooked, remove the smoked pieces and add the meat removed from the turkey wings. Heat through.
Each serving of soup (this soup is more like a main dish than an first course) consists of the meat from one wing plus broth and vegetables.
- Add 8 cups of water to a large dutch oven (or a crock pot)
- Add 4 turkey wings [plus a package (2 pieces) of smoked turkey necks]. The smoked turkey imparts a wonderful flavor to the soup. Add:
- 1 large potato, cut in large chunks
- 1 1/2 cups of celery, cut in large pieces plus a couple of leafy stems
- 2 carrots, sliced thick
- 2 parsnips, sliced thick
- 1 large yellow onion, cut in chunks
- 4 sprigs of fresh thyme
- 1 teaspoon Italian herbs
- 2 teaspoons turmeric
- 2 chicken bouillon cubes (the large Knorr® brand “rectangles”)
- Salt and pepper to taste AFTER the soup has simmered for a couple hours.
Allow it to cool, refrigerate and the next day, dinner is a mere minutes to prepare.
Remove the meat from the bones. You can add the meat to the broth, reheat and adjust seasonings or you can add the meat to each soup bowl and ladle the broth and vegetables over the meat. With fresh bread and butter, you have a hearty meal.
Our suggestion? Try it with any roasted turkey leftovers including the carcass.
The flavor is wonderful thanks to the spices already roasted into the turkey.
“There is nothing like a plate or a bowl of hot soup, it’s wisp of aromatic steam making the nostrils quiver with anticipation, to dispel the depressing effects of a grueling day at the office or the shop, rain or snow in the streets, or bad news in the papers.” Louis P. De Gouy, “The Soup Book” (1949)
“Beautiful soup, so rich and green, Waiting in a hot tureen!
Who for such dainties would not stoop? Soup of the evening, beautiful soup!Beautiful soup! Who cares for fish, Game, or any other dish? Who would not give all else for two Pennyworth of beautiful soup?” Lewis Carroll, “Alice in Wonderland”
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