Antlers Wild Rice Soup – The Best Recipe for Turkey Leftovers!

by Michelle on November 28, 2009

Trying to use all the leftovers from your most anticipated Thanksgiving Feast can be daunting. I know every time I open up the refrigerator and see nothing but small Tupperware like containers, all packed to the brim with salads, mashed potatoes, vegetables and turkey, I think “what am I going to do with it all”.

Antlers Wild Rice Soup is my favorite recipe for leftover turkey! Actually I look forward to the Antlers Soup more so then the Roasted Turkey! I have no idea how the name Antlers worked it way into this recipe but I can only imagine my deer-hunting uncles at our cottage in Michigan mixing up a batch of this soup and dubbing it Antlers Soup in honor Opening Day of Deer Hunting season!

I’ve tweaked this recipe over the years and now always add garlic and thyme. But I have to honest be…this is probably one of the best soups I’ve ever tasted and with a side of freshly made bread it’s one of my Call-It-Dinner meals!

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Antlers Wild Rice Soup
Recipe adapted from my friend Marigene

1/2 cup uncooked wild rice, rinsed and drained
3 14-ounce cans chicken broth or 5 1/4 cups homemade chicken stock
1 cup chopped carrot
1/2 c chopped celery
1/2 c chopped green onion, including tops
2 c sliced fresh mushrooms
2 TBL butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 cup whipping cream (I used half and half)
2 cups chopped cooked chicken (I used turkey)
2 cloves of garlic, minced (I used Martin’s Heirloom Garlic)
2 tsp fresh Thyme

1. In 4 qt. Dutch oven, combine uncooked wild rice, 2 cans broth, carrot, celery and onion.

2. Bring to boiling; reduce heat, simmer 35 to 40 minutes or until the rice is tender but still chewy, adding mushrooms the last 5 minutes of cooking.

3. In medium saucepan, melt butter, stir in flour, salt and pepper. Add the remaining 1 can of broth.

4. Cook and stir until bubbly for 1 minute more; stir in the cream. Add cream mixture to rice mixture, stirring constantly.

5. Stir in chicken or turkey, garlic and thyme and heat through.

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  • kellypea November 28, 2009 at 1:39 am

    Sounds so yummy — love wild rice! Somehow our turkey always gets eaten before I can do anything serious with the leftovers. ; (

  • TeaLady November 28, 2009 at 2:07 am

    UUUMMM!!!! This sounds delicious. I have some wild rice in the pantry that I really didn’t know what to do with. So will have to try this one.

  • Pam November 28, 2009 at 4:03 am

    Beautiful! I sent all my leftovers home with my daughter, otherwise I would give this a try!

  • The Quintessential Magpie November 28, 2009 at 5:55 am

    Gosh this sounds good!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

  • Kim November 28, 2009 at 6:22 am

    Looks like a wonderfully creamy and delicious soup! I bet you are right about the soup being titled “antlers”. Men everywhere are all about deer hunting right now. Sounds like the perfect soup for them to eat when they want to get warmed up.

  • Ju (The Little Teochew) November 28, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Leftovers never looked so goooood! Yum!

    Ju

  • SavoringTime in the Kitchen November 28, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    I’ve heard of the soup before but have never tried it. It looks delicious! I think I’ll try it for a simple Sunday dinner tomorrow. Thanks for the idea!

  • Fresh Local and Best November 28, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    This looks like a great way to give Thanksgiving turkey a second life!

  • Joanne November 28, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Having a fridge full of leftovers actually starts to make me anxious after a while. I start opening it up and having panic attacks after a while. This is a great recipe to use up turkey though! It looks so delicious, especially with that homemade bread that you mentioned.

  • YankeeQuilter November 28, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Love soup recipes for over the holidays when the house gets crazy…thanks!

  • Catherine November 28, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    Mmm, this soup sounds so good right now! I still have turkey leftovers, I may give it a go! :) Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  • Lynda November 28, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Yum!! Sounds like a keeper. I’ll see if I can get the head chef to fix it!

    Love that dish too!

  • Jeanette November 28, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    That looks incredible. I think I have everything in the pantry. Good bye turkey noodle soup….hello Antlers Wild Rice Soup

  • girlichef November 29, 2009 at 12:25 am

    Yum, sounds awesome! We pretty much ran out of turkey this year… :( boo…but I can dream 😀

  • Daryl at Vermont Cottage November 29, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Just wanted you to know I linked to your blog. I’m planning to try this soup tonight with our leftover turkey :).

    D.

  • Megan November 29, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    This sounds so warm and inviting. I need more soup recipes and I think my family would love this! Glad you had a great Thanksgiving!

  • Helen in CA November 30, 2009 at 3:29 am

    let’s see: used left-over turkey gravy & turkey stock for one of the steps…..in addition to the obvious turkey meat.

    Quite Yummy!

    Now if I only hadn’t been out of bread dough to have fresh bread w/ this…….

    Thanks Michelle

  • Danielle November 30, 2009 at 5:13 am

    oh yum!! Michelle, this looks fantastic!

  • Cristie November 30, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Soup sounds wonderful and I love your comments that went with it! I wish you were my neighbor, you must have a good laugh every day!

  • Karine December 1, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Great way to use turkey leftovers. It looks delicious! :)

  • Amanda December 1, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    It’s gorgeous! I will bookmark this, definitely something i would enjoy :)

  • Kayte December 3, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Great looking recipe. The problem with going somewhere else for Thanksgiving (my in-laws) is that I never end up with any leftover materials! That plate and bowl are absolutely fun and beautiful. I could spend days drooling over all your dishware.

  • Mimi December 28, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Michelle, glad that you like the soup so much…I haven’t made it at all this year…looks like I probably won’t either! Your bowl of soup looks wonderful, even with the turkey, instead of chicken! LOL

  • Doreen March 26, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    I made this soup last night with leftover chicken from a rotisserie chicken … yumm!

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