Why wait until after Christmas Day to use the turkey carcass to make the annual Turkey Broth?
This delicious soup focuses on the health-enhancing properties of turkey and spices and will get your Christmas juices flowing right now.
Spicy Turkey Soup…
|This recipe is from Fiona Kirk’s best-selling diet book
2 Weeks in the Fast Lane.
- 1 tbsp olive/groundnut oil
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 1 onion, finely sliced
- 1 bunch spring onion, finely sliced
- 1 red chilli, de-seeded and finely chopped
- small pack of pancetta cubes or 75g lean bacon, cubed
- ½ tsp dried oregano
- a generous pinch of cayenne pepper
- a generous pinch of ground cumin
- freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tin peeled chopped tomatoes
- 2 pints low salt chicken/vegetable stock
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 small turkey drumstick skin removed
- 2-3 tbsp mixed frozen peas and corn
- sea salt crystals (if needed)
- grated gruyere cheese (optional)
- a good bunch of fresh coriander or parsley, chopped
- fresh lime juice
- Warm the oil in a medium-sized pan (one wide enough to cope with the turkey leg), add the garlic, onion, spring onion and chilli and saute for 8-10 mins until the onions are soft and translucent.
- Add the pancetta/bacon and saute until they are just browned around the edges.
- Add the oregano, cayenne pepper, cumin and a few grindings of black pepper and stir well into the onion/garlic/chilli/pancetta mix.
- Add the tomatoes, stock, bay leaf and turkey drumstick and bring slowly to the boil, then quickly reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and cook, covered until the turkey is falling off the bone (around 45 mins).
- Add the frozen peas and corn 8-10 minutes before the end of cooking time.
- Remove the bay leaf, transfer the drumstick to a board, shred the cooked turkey meat* with a couple of forks and leave aside.
- Increase the heat for a few minutes to concentrate the soup if you want it a bit thicker or add water if you like it thinner and check the seasoning before adding the turkey meat to warm through for a couple of minutes.
- Ladle into soup bowls and top with the grated cheese (if using) and chopped coriander/parsley.
- Add a splash of fresh lime juice and serve.
* If you prefer a mix of dark and light turkey meat add 2 fresh turkey breast steaks when you add the frozen peas and corn and shred them with half the brown meat from the drumstick (keep the rest for a snack).
Guest Post Credits-
Fiona Kirk’s best-selling diet book 2 Weeks in the Fast Lane. £7.99 from fat bust forever.