Another turkey soup thread? Well heck yeah, why not?

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by fire it up, Dec 5, 2009.

  1. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Unlike many of you lucky people I did not smoke a turkey this Thanksgiving, I did smoke one a few days later though.

    I did a turkey breast injected and rubbed with cajun butter mixture and a boneless turkey breast injected with honey, salt, pepper and poultry seasoning. The honey one was going to my Mothers with some of my pastrami for sandwiches.

    Cajun butter turkey breast


    The butter was oozing out of the holes I made in the bottom of the breast so i tried to plug it with black peppercorns, what I got was a creepy looking demon catfish...


    Honey mixture




    Smoked over apple at 275
    No pics while on the smoker, was a busy day. sorry [​IMG]



    Honey turkey was great, wonderful honey flavor. Brother in law said it was better than the honey turkey he normally buys at the Amsih farmers market.

    Again forgot pics of cutting the other breast, it was ok but the butter mixture cooled before it was able to travel through the meat properly so there were pockets of seasoning and butter throughout.

    Now on to the soup.
    Mirepoix sauteed over med-high heat until onions are becoming translucent.
    7-10 minutes.


    Added turkey stock that was made from the carcass. About 10-12 cups, not sure cause it was in a big bowl. Brought to a boil, reduced to a simmer and cook for half an hour then added some frozen corn, peas and string beans, 2tsp poultry seasoning and 1tsp white pepper. Simmered for another 20 minutes or until the carrots are soft but not mushy.



    It was still pretty thin so I whisked 2Tbsp flour with 1 cup milk as well as 1 can of cream of mushroom soup. That gave it the right consistency and the mushroom soup added a good flavor.
    Cut up and added the turkey breast meat and let simmer for 10 minutes stirring occasionally.




    It turned out pretty good for just pulling it out of my...hat.
    Took some to my parents with some cornbread muffins I made so I have to see what they thought of it.
     
  2. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    really nice lookin soup you made there. [​IMG]

    I am making a stock today using leftover bones, legs, etc from my turkey. cant beat homemade stock
     
  3. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Awesome work....Cornbread to top it off....[​IMG]

    Honey turkey looks/sounds awesome as welll...
     
  4. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Now thats a turkey soap it look awesome there Jim. I have heard alot about the amish folks around you and dennis talked about them too. I guess they live very close to the earth amd they raise poulty without all that gooble le goop in them too.
     
  5. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great looking Turkey Soup...[​IMG][​IMG]

    I do have one question that has always bugged me.

    I notice you used Blueberry Blossom Honey, I want to know who follows those bees around to make sure what pollen they are using to make their honey with...

    I am sure that they do not get up and say okay guys today we only pollinate Blueberry Plants or Clover or whatever Flavor it is...
     
  6. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Not sure Paul.
    I know Alex has a neighbor that keeps bees so maybe he knows.
    Maybe they have the bees near certain fields and they don't travel very far from the hive to collect pollen?
    Had some buckwheat honey recently, it was very dark, tasted like a mixture of molasses and honey but was very good.
     
  7. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    It has always bugged me that the know what flowers the bees went to...LOL When I see honey bees in my yard they go to all different kinds of flowers...
     
  8. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    People bring the hives in on big trailers to the orchards etc. when they are flowering....The worker bees are smart and will travel shortest distance to the flowers....Some of these orchards etc. are thousands of acres..
     
  9. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks Alex, I kind of had a feeling you would know how all that worked [​IMG]
     
  10. rivet

    rivet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    That's one picture perfect looking smoked turkey soup you made there! Wow, that spoon-shot is impressive. I could almost taste it through the screen! Very nice tutorial too, and thanks for sharing how easy it is to turn out professional quality food.

    [​IMG]
     
  11. smokeguy

    smokeguy Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Delicious looking soup! I like how you turned it into a creamy version too. [​IMG]
     

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