Turkey Soup with Turkey Dumplings (Kreplach) is one of the best things to do with your leftover Thanksgiving turkey, and it's easier than you think!
Let's talk about leftovers for a minute. Sometimes they seem like 'yesterday's same old same old.' Sometimes they inspire. But for me, Thanksgiving leftovers always inspire. Leftover turkey, especially, has so much potential to be transformed into something new and more exciting than its original incarnation, whether it's curried
chicken turkey salad, squash lentil and chicken turkey stew, or this scrumptious turkey soup with dumplings.
How to make turkey soup from your leftover Thanksgiving turkey
It's a cinch to make a delicious turkey soup with whatever is left of your Thanksgiving turkey. You basically just throw the carcass into a large soup pot. (you may have to break it apart to fit it in). Add some vegetables - a cut up onion, a few chunked carrots and celery spears - some parsley and/or dill. Fill the pot with water and get it boiling.
- Cook it for 2-3 hours at a gentle simmer.
- The broth will get rich and flavorful and will fill your house with delicious aromas.
- While the soup is simmering, you'll have plenty of time to make homemade turkey dumplings, using 2 cups leftover turkey meat and some onions, scallions and parsley. You'll also need a pack of wonton wrappers.
What is kreplach anyway?
Kreplach is a Yiddish word that means dumpling. Kreplach can be filled with chicken, turkey, mashed potatoes, or anything else that inspires you. It's usually served in soup but can also be fried.
My husband and I both have Russian Jewish grandmothers who made us delicious comforting kreplach soup when we were kids. Their kreplach floated in chicken soup and were filled with the soup greens and chicken left over from making the soup.
My updated kreplach recipe combines leftover turkey meat with sautéed onions, scallions, parsley and spices. Everything is ground up in the food processor, enfolded in little wonton wrappers, and simmered until hot and tender.
How To Make Soup Dumplings (Kreplach)
Set up a dumpling-making station: you'll need your turkey mixture, a cutting board or other clean work surface, a small bowl of water for moistening the edges of the wonton wrapper, and a parchment lined tray for for holding the kreplach as you make them.
- Place a heaping teaspoon of filling in the middle of a wonton wrapper
- Use your finger to moisten the edges of the wrapper
- Fold the wrapper in half from point to point to form a triangle
- Press down along the edges of the triangle with the tines of a fork to seal the seams.
- Now all you have to do is cook the kreplach in boiling water or soup.
- They're tender and ready in five minutes!
I love leftovers.
Sometimes, without any reinvention, I enjoy eating a dish even more the next day than I did the first time. It's especially nice to wake up the morning after a cooking extravaganza like Thanksgiving... in a peaceful house... with a fully packed refrigerator. The cook has had time to rest. The flavors have had the night to meld. It's then great to reconnect with and enjoy all the delicious foods that you worked so hard to cook.
If you can remix your Thanksgiving leftovers into something new and exciting, that's even better!
Here's the Turkey Soup with Turkey Dumplings (Kreplach) Recipe. If you cook this, I hope you'll come back to leave a star rating and a comment. I'd love to know what you think!Print
[Originally published on November 23, 2014. Updated on November 27, 2021 with added notes on how to adapt this soup when using a smoked turkey. The same delicious recipe!]