Gobbler Soup

Julie Gracie created this wonderful soup after her spring gobbler hunt.  This soup has lots of amazing flavor and makes the best use of kale, parsnips and wild rice.  

Julie Gracie WildTurkeySoup


Gobbler Soup
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A delicious wild turkey kale wild rice soup! A wonderful soup for your spring gobbler.
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  1. Turkey legs and thighs from 1 or 2 wild turkeys
  2. 1/2 mesquite smoked wild turkey breast, cubed (optional)
  3. Chicken stock if you need it to supplement volume (optional)
  4. 3 Bay leaves
  5. Salt and pepper
  6. 6 stalks celery
  7. 2 sweet onions
  8. 2 small boxes of wild rice – just plain wild rice, not one of those mixes
  9. Olive oil
  10. 1 bag parsnips
  11. 2 large leeks
  12. I bulb of fennel
  13. Fresh thyme – strip 4 sprigs
  14. Fresh rosemary – strip 3 sprigs
  15. 10 thinly sliced mushrooms - very large button or baby Portobello
  16. 1 bunch curly Kale leaves stripped from the stems and ripped up into small pieces
  17. 1/3 cup dry sherry – add more to taste
  18. Heavy cream to taste (optional)
  1. Make a gallon of turkey stock with the turkey legs and thighs, bay leaves, and onions, 3 stalks of celery, and salt and pepper. When it’s done, pull out the bones and tendons, the celery, and the bay leaves. Set aside. If you only have one turkey, you can amend with the optional chicken stock as needed.
  2. Cook the wild rice in a rice cooker. While it’s cooking, start the soup as follows.
  3. Chop the remaining 3 stalks of celery, and the parsnips, leeks, and fennel bulb. Parsnips are tough, so make sure the pieces are small so they will cook more rapidly.
  4. Heat a small amount of olive oil in a large soup pot over low heat. Add the parsnips and sweat until they turn translucent. Add the rosemary and thyme. Then add the leeks, celery, and fennel - and sweat those until translucent also. Add more olive oil as necessary and stir frequently so that the veggies do not brown or stick.
  5. Add the stock and turkey meat to the pot. Bring to a boil and let simmer. When the rice is done, add it to the pot. Add the mushrooms. If you need more meat, add the smoked turkey breast now.
  6. When the mushrooms look done, add the Kale and sherry. When the Kale has wilted, it’s ready! Right before serving, stir in a little heavy cream if you like. Completely optional!
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