First, I’ve to begin by saying I used two frozen wild turkey breasts from this spring that I killed in Nebraska.
Nevertheless, this dish can be GREAT for utilizing up these Thanksgiving turkey left overs.
Now let’s get to it….
Wild turkey is by far one of many best culinary presents we are able to discover within the woods. Though turkeys are recognized for drowning themselves whereas trying up on the rain, there are countless methods of getting ready this mentally challenged chicken. They’re additionally arguably my favourite wild recreation to eat.
This dish occurred to be the primary wild turkey that I’ve ready for my newlywed spouse. She advised me a narrative whereas we had been consuming. She mentioned, “WOW! That is superb! I used to be anxious.”
I replied, “why had been you anxious?”
She defined, “effectively, talking of mentally challenged animals, the final time I had wild turkey, an ex-boyfriend made it for me. It actually tasted like he marinated it in cat piss. I couldn’t eat it.”
For my part, wild turkey is likely one of the best proteins within the wild recreation world to fully screw up. One of many essential causes for that is the physique temperature of a dwelling turkey. It’s someplace within the neighborhood of 107 levels. Which is already within the “hazard zone” for large micro organism development.
And with most turkeys being harvested within the spring, it’s possible that if you shoot your chicken, it received’t be on a cold day. Thus, including to the probabilities of your chicken spoiling.
So, let’s try to be smarter than the chicken and get him cleaned immediately.
I made this soup on a chilly day. I roughly had a yearning for hen noodle and broccoli cheddar soup.
I didn’t have all of the elements for both one, so I improvised. An everyday hen inventory is what I had in thoughts to make use of, however sadly, I used to be out of it within the pantry.
I did nonetheless have some Pho broth that I purchased awhile again. Pho broth is hen or beef broth with added spices like star anise, cinnamon, coriander, fennel and ginger. I’ve made Pho broth from scratch and I gotta say, the store-bought variety isn’t too dangerous.
Clearly, not so good as the actual deal, however not dangerous. So, I noticed this on the shelf and thought, “why not?!”
After this dangerous guess on some random flavors and really fundamental elements, I’ve to say, this soup hit the SPOT.
2 turkey breasts
48oz of Pho broth
1 massive diced onion
4 cloves of garlic (chopped)
3-4 cups of broccoli crowns (add roughly relying on what you want)
1 ½ cups of bitter cream
2 cups of sharp cheddar cheese (Or extra should you like. I honesty do not know how a lot I used. However it was so much)
1 sprig of rosemary
1 tbsp of crushed crimson pepper flakes (elective)
1 cup of half and half
½ cup of flour
Instructions: (in case you are utilizing uncooked turkey breasts)
In a crockpot, add broth, thawed turkey breasts, garlic, onion, rosemary, crimson pepper flakes, salt and pepper and canopy. Set to excessive warmth for 2-3 hours or till the interior temperature reaches or exceeds 160 levels.
As soon as the meat is cooked, take away from the crockpot and shred/ chop the breasts. I then put the meat again within the crockpot however later realized its smarter to place the meat in a big soup pot on the range.
*If you’re utilizing leftover shredded turkey breasts, now’s the time so as to add them.
Set the cooktop to medium warmth and add onion and some tablespoons of olive oil to the soup pot. As soon as the onions are cooked, switch the broth from the crockpot to the soup pot.
Then add broccoli and simmer for 30 minutes.
After simmering, combine flour and milk collectively in a separate bowl. Be sure that there are not any lumps. Then add to the pot. Convey again to a simmer, stirring.
As soon as simmering, kill the warmth and add your cheese. Gently stir till the cheese is absolutely melted.
Plate in a soup bowl paired with focaccia bread. (Or any bread of selection) I prefer to broil my focaccia and rub with recent garlic.
Wild Turkey Broccoli Cheese Soup? Sssstop…