Friday, November 24, 2023

Are leftovers the best part of Thanksgiving?

I am certain my love for Thanksgiving eats is equal to or surpassing the love by anyone who might be reading this post. My childhood memories are full of happy instances when I would wake up to the smell of cornbread cooking in the kitchen, quickly followed by a breakfast wedge of crusty bread with butter for a great start to our day of celebrating God's blessings. We had Thanksgiving at lunch at our house, so the rest of the day's activities consisted of TV football and trips back to the kitchen for leftovers, observing the same game plan for the next few days. For this year, my thoughts of potential Thanksgiving leftovers is well represented by Cheesy Turkey Poblano Soup.   

Did you know even an ASQC Certified Quality Manager does not automatically have the authority to stand beside the dressing bowl or turkey platter to evaluate production samples before accepting the lunch dishes for human consumption? I have always said sampling and evaluation is a tough job suitable only for experienced QC people, but that position hardly ever works out like I would like (sigh).

Oh well, at least I am allowed to have all of the lunch I want, followed by all of the leftovers I want. If you are like, me, you always want an extra pound or two of turkey in the oven so that you can eat them cold or use them to cook your favorite leftover dishes on the Friday or Saturday following my favorite Thursday of the year.

I think I have mentioned our fondness for soup, both during the chilly days of winter and when the weather is not so cold. Here is a nice soup, easily made using leftover Turkey. I think you will like it as much as we do. It is always a popular dish at our house, using leftover turkey, 

or in a pinch, using a nice chicken. 

You may not have everything needed to do this today, but the Black Friday crowds at Piggly Wiggly will be a lot smaller than at Service Merchandise, so run out and buy the few things needed to put a tasty bowl of Cheesy Turkey Chili Relleno Soup in front of the family tonight.

Creamy Turkey Chili Relleno Soup


1 large poblano pepper
2 Tablespoons butter
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup red bell pepper
1/4 cup green bell pepper
2 Tablespoons Jalapeño pepper, diced
1 Mexican calabacita squash (or zucchini), julienned with mandolin slicer
1 Tablespoon Lawry’s garlic salt
1 Tablespoon ground cumin
4 cups Turkey or chicken broth
Salt and black pepper to taste
2 cups cooked turkey, shredded
8 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
6 ounces shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
8 slices pepper jack cheese (thin sandwich slice,)


Rub a little oil on the poblano pepper and roast it until the skin is charred and blistered. You can do this over the open flame on a gas stove, or like I did, by heating your oven to 450 degrees F and roasting for 25 minutes.

Place the pepper in a plastic bag or bowl and cover or seal. 

Let it cool, then remove as much of the skin as possible. 

Remove seeds and stem, then dice into 1/4 inch pieces. Set aside.

Prep the vegetables.

In the pot you will use to cook the soup, melt the butter. Add the julienned calabacita squash, onion, red and green bell pepper, Jalapeño pepper, Lawry’s Garlic salt, and cumin.  Cook, stirring frequently, until translucent, about 5 minutes.

Add the cream cheese to half of the chicken or turkey broth, and use a plunge blender to obtain a smooth mixture of cream cheese and broth.

Add this to soup mixture and then add the rest of the broth

Add the shredded Turkey. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer.

Add the Monterrey Jack cheese and sharp cheddar. Stir until both have melted into the soup. Add the chopped poblanos and allow to sit with a lid for a few minutes.


To serve: Preheat the broiler. Dish the soup into individual ovenproof bowls and float a slice of pepper jack cheese on top. Set under the broiler, about 6 inches from the heat and broil until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Time to enjoy this nice cheesy soup.

Thanks for looking at my recipe post.
God Bless You


Anonymous said...

That looks good. And I love poblano peppers.

Anonymous said...

Turkey carcass gumbo.

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