Merry Boxing Day! I hope your Christmas has been relaxing, stress-free and full of heartburn-inducing food and bad TV thus far. If you’ve eaten your entire body weight in After Eights and are feeling in need of something a little more… nourishing, why not try my magical and utterly idiot-proof recipe for soup, into which you can tip the remains of Christmas dinner, thus alleviating any guilt about chucking its congealed remains in the bin.
So, to work!
You will need:
- An onion
- A couple of chicken stock cubes
- Olive oil
- Raw vegetables like carrots, parsnips, leeks
- Dried soup mix (about a mug full)
- The remains of your Christmas dinner – turkey, roast potatoes, any other vegetables that are hanging around in a bowl in the fridge
- Knob of butter
- Some white wine
- Heat oil in the biggest saucepan you can find
- Add diced onion and bacon – fry until everything’s softened
- Chuck in raw veg, stir vigorously
- Add a slosh of white wine and let the alcohol boil off
- Pour on a whole kettle of boiling water
- Chuck in the stock cubes and stir until dissolved
- Throw in the turkey (and add the bones if you like for more flavour – you can pull them out at the end)
- Add the soup mix and the leftover veg from Christmas dinner (chopped into small chunks)
- Bring to the boil, then leave to simmer for as long as you like - anywhere from an hour to three hours, if you top up with water and give it the odd stir to stop bits sticking to the bottom of the saucepan
- Throw in the butter
and here's the jazzy bit...
- Put a couple of ladels of soup into a blender, allow to cool and then blend. Then pour it back into the soup and repeat a couple more times until you've got a lovely thick, creamy base with enough of the vegetables, turkey and soup mix still bobbing about to add texture.
- Once the soup's cooled, I put it into little tupperware containers and freeze it so there's always something tasty and healthy to have for lunch - it makes me feel very Delia-ish. I like mine with a squeeze of lemon on top - it really enhances the flavours.
So tell me, what other exciting things can you do with leftover Christmas dinner? Anyone have a good recipe for Bubble and Squeak (which I always thinks sounds more exciting than it actually is)?