Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Turkey Tortellini

75.  A turkey showed up on our doorstep (wink, wink ;-) and I just couldn't let it go to waste.  Last night we enjoyed a turkey dinner with all the fixings.  I remember someone telling me recently they can't wait till Thanksgiving so they can have turkey again...hhhhuuuuuhhhh?  Turkey is not just for Thanksgiving.  With that in mind...I made bread stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy and vegies.  It was delicious!   

But today, I have left-over turkey.  What to do with the left-over turkey...I've decided to make Tortellini Soup with Homemade tortellini stuffed with the left-over turkey. There is a delicious Turkey, Tortellini and Watercress Soup on Epicurious that looks very good. 

I boiled my carcass in water for about two hours till it fell apart, then strained it separating the liquid from the bones and meat.  Allowing it to cool, I strained the liquid once more and returned it to a clean stockpot.  After I picked all the meat from the carcass and bones, I placed it in a processor and pulsed it till it was chopped in very fine pieces.  
To that I added parmesan cheese, nutmeg, parsley, salt and pepper and 
heavy cream to soften the mixture to a slightly wet filling.

My pasta dough was ready to go,  and a few turns through the pasta machine
  and I cut out circle shapes.
Next, I brush the dough round with water and dolloped ½ tsp of filling into each round,
sealed it into a moon shape and pressed to seal.
I place my finger at the center of the straight edge
then grabbed the short ends and pulled them together and pinch
and I pinch in the opposite direction as well to double the seal. 
It makes a little bonnet or purse shape.
  You place the shaped tortellini on a clean towel to air dry.

To the delicious stock was added sliced carrots, 1 leek washed and chopped, and 1 stalk of celery chopped, salt and pepper and a handful of spinach leaves and chopped parsley for color and garnish.  After the carrots are tender, I dropped in the tortellini and continued to boil for approximately 15 minutes till they were tender.
What I love to hear are the oohhs and aahhhs at the dinner table.
We sprinkled chopped parsley and parmesan cheese over the hot soup.
This is my idea of comfort food, it is delicious and beautiful.

"Good soup is one of the prime ingredients of good living. 
 For soup can do more to lift the spirits and stimulate the appetite
 than any other one dish.”
 ~ Louis P. De Gouy


Esther said...

Yum, your turkey tortellini sounds so good! Happy birthday wishes to Leonard and hope he gets a special treat.

Erika said...

This is amazing! first that you made all those pretty tortellini and second that they are making my mouth water. What a wiz in the kitchen you are!


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