This is a pretty great way to use up your leftover turkey carcass from Thanksgiving (I wrote this post back near the beginning of December... I swear I didn't keep a turkey carcass for a whole month!). This is the first time I've made it, and while I found some recipes online that come pretty close to the recipe given to me by my mom, nothing quite duplicated it exactly. What I think sets it apart are the noodles - I love these noodles. I love a lot of things (especially when related to food), but these noodles are easily in my top 10.
Turkey and Noodles
leftover turkey carcass (2-3 cups turkey meat)
1 tsp salt
2 cups flour
flour to use for the dough
more flour mixed with water for thickening, if necessary
You start by taking a large stockpot and breaking down your turkey carcass so it will fit (I hate the sound of bones breaking), then filling the entire thing with water. Boil it for 2 hours or so (or uh, 4, if you're like me and forget things), then strain all the bones and meat out so you're left with a lovely broth. Carefully remove the meat from the bones and discard the bones. If you end up with around 2-3 cups of meat that's just dandy!
|What remained of our Thanksgiving turkey on November 28th...|
So we have our broth and our turkey, now we need the noodles. I LOVE THESE NOODLES. Ahem. Sorry, my inner 12-year-old escape for a moment. Anyway! These are very easy, stupidly easy, actually! They're flour, salt and eggs.
|For example, I felt my dough was crumbly and needed another egg. It's all very "do what looks right".|
Once you have your dough, break it into quarters and roll one of the quarters out on a well-floured surface. This is starting to look familiar, right?
|Pie dough or noodle dough... any kind of dough!|
Roll the dough up like a long cinnamon bun! Then cut it.
|Mmm flour, salt and eggs... wait.|
Then you just unroll the noodles on a floured cookie sheet, and repeat 3 more times with the remaining 3/4s of the dough. Don't be afraid to use a lot of flour, these noodles get sticky AND the extra flour will help thicken the broth (which you'll probably have to do anyway, with a flour/water mix).
Somehow I forgot to take a photo of the final product, but trust me: it was delicious. We devoured it all quite happily.