Turkey Soup with Lime and Chile

Serves 6

Pat calls this “The best turkey leftover dish I know.”

2 tbsp. vegetable oil

1 cup diced onion

1 cup diced celery

1 cup diced carrots

½ tsp. cumin seed

½ tsp. coriander seed

½ tsp. black peppercorns

6 garlic cloves roughly chopped

1 cinnamon stick, 2 inches long

Pinch Cayenne pepper to taste

2 tsp. salt or to taste

9 cups unsalted turkey or chicken broth


Vegetable oil for frying

4 corn tortillas, at least a day old, cut in ½ inch strips

4 to 6 cups turkey or chicken meat, shredded

1 or 2 firm-ripe avocados

6 scallions, chopped

2 jalapenos, thinly sliced (optional)

1 small bunch cilantro, leaves and tender stems, roughly chopped

Lime wedges

  1. In a large, heavy-bottom pot or Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion, celery and carrot and let soften stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes.
  2. In a small, dry skillet, heat the cumin, coriander and peppercorns over medium high heat until fragrant, about 1 minute, then grind in a spice mill or mortar. Add the ground spices to the pot, along with the cinnamon stick, the garlic, salt and a pinch of cayenne.
  3. Add the broth and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a brisk simmer. Cook for 15 minutes, then taste and correct seasoning. Keep hot, covered, over very low heat.
  4. In a medium skillet over medium high heat, pour in vegetable oil to a depth of aout ½ inch and heat until wavy. Add the tortilla strips and cook until barely colored, about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon to paper towels and drain. Sprinkle with salt. (Save the oil for more frying.)
  5. In a saucepan, heat the turkey or chicken meat and some of the hot soup. Add the meat and liquid to soup bowls and add sliced avocados to each. Ladle about 1 cup of soup to each bowl and garnish with jalapeno slices (optional), scallions, tortilla strips, cilantro and a generous squeeze of lime juice.

Source: The New York Times, November 21, 2011.

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