Tailgating with Joe Drozda: Thanksgiving Week Games



It’s Thanksgiving Week and the forecast is for cool/cold weather on the weekend.  Every year at this time we warn you not to buy a bunch of stuff to serve at your tailgate party. Use what’s left of your Thanksgiving turkey to provide a warm and hearty turkey soup that everyone will love. For a sweet desert you can serve slices of pumpkin pie that are also a leftover.

Easy Turkey Rice Soup


1 leftover turkey carcass (from a 12ish pound turkey)

½ gallon of water

1 medium onion, cut into quarters

1/2 teaspoon salt

2-3  bay leaves

1 cup chopped carrots

1 cup uncooked long grain rice (or even add some wild rice if you want)

1/3 cup chopped celery

1/4 cup chopped onion

1/2 cup of other chopped vegetables from dinner

1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup, undiluted


Place the turkey carcass in a stockpot; add the water, onion, salt and bay leaves. Slowly bring to a boil over low heat; cover and simmer for 2 hours.

Remove and cool the carcass; cool. Strain broth and skim fat. Discard onion and bay leaves. Return broth to the pan. Add the carrots, celery and chopped onion; cover and simmer until rice and vegetables are tender. Remove turkey from bones; discard bones and cut turkey into bite-size pieces. Then cool the liquid mixture overnight.

Game Day

Skim off any fat from the liquid and then add turkey, rice and cream soup to broth; heat through. Pack the pot in a cooler surrounded by towels and newspapers to transport it to the game. Re-heat the pot on your grill or stove in the tailgate lot. Serve in mugs with French bread hunks. Yield: 8-10 servings (about 2 quarts).

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