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Danish Turkey Dumpling Soup

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. Cook: 3 hours

Makes

6 servings (about 2 quarts)

This recipe was handed down from my grandmother, who was a Danish caterer. My 100% Italian husband has come to expect this on a chilly evening as it now only warms the body but warms the heart as well. —Karen Sue Garback-Pristera Albany, New York

Ingredients

  • 1 leftover turkey carcass (from a 12- to 14-pound turkey)
  • 9 cups water
  • 3 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes, cut up
  • 1 medium turnip, peeled and diced
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • DUMPLINGS:
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley

Directions

  1. Place carcass, water, bouillon and bay leaf in a stockpot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours.
  2. Remove carcass. Strain broth and skim fat; discard bay leaf. Return broth to pan. Add the tomatoes, vegetables, parsley and salt. Remove turkey from bones and cut into bite-size pieces; add to soup. Discard bones. Bring soup to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender.
  3. For dumplings, in a large saucepan, bring water and butter to a boil. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add all at once to pan and stir until a smooth ball forms. Remove from heat; let stand for 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Continue beating until mixture is smooth and shiny. Stir in parsley.
  4. Drop batter in 12 mounds into simmering soup. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in a dumpling comes out clean (do not lift cover while simmering).

Nutrition Facts

1-1/2 cups: 202 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 92mg cholesterol, 1238mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 3g fiber), 6g protein.

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