Make this soup, I command you

November 27, 2012

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I’ve been eyeing up this recipe of Andrew Zimmern’s, ever since he posted it a day or two before Thanksgiving last week. And I thought, wouldn’t that be delicious as soup? Wild rice soup, in fact. Tonight I finally had time, well, took time because it was 7:30pm when I got started, due to working late. I thought, I’ll whip up the soup in no time (because it’s chopped and sautéed vegetables, white sauce, and meat), have a beer while I’m cooking, then have more beer while I’m eating and watching the last performance show for this season, 14, of Dancing with the Stars*. It will be a perfect evening. And it has been (other than the fact that none of the three different beers I enjoyed managed to get above 5.5% ABV, but at least I drank the tastiest one last). Okay, so the soup took an hour and fifteen minutes from the time I started boiling water for the wild rice until the time I was ladling the finished product into my maw but all in all, that was pretty quick, as cooking from complete scratch goes.

So here’s the link to AZ’s recipe on which I based my creation, and my version is below. I used what I used because that’s what I had lying around. Bon appétit!

Turkey Ham Wild Rice a la King Soup

4 Tbsp butter
1 cup each, chopped: red bell pepper, celery, zucchini, onion
1Tbsp dry tarragon
1Tbsp dry thyme
3 Tbsp flour
3 cups chicken broth
3/4 cup half and half
1 cup cooked turkey, diced
1/2 cup cooked ham, diced
1/2 cup dry wild rice, cooked
salt and pepper to taste
3 dashes of cayenne pepper

In a medium Dutch oven, melt the butter over medium high heat. Add the chopped vegetables and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.

Stir in the herbs and flour. Stir to mix well, then stir constantly and cook, for 2 minutes or until the flour starts to stick to the bottom of the pan.

Add the chicken broth, stir to mix well, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook, stirring constantly, until starting to thicken, about 2 minutes. Add the half and half and continue to cook, stirring constantly, until thickened.

Add the remaining ingredients and cook until heated. Serve and be amazed!

Makes 6 cups.

*DWTS performance finale thoughts (no spoilers):
1) Is Derek Hough the secret sixth member of the US Olympic gymnastics team? Splits, flips, drops into summersaults, crazy! And with a nagging neck injury.
2) Of course we all want to know if Kelly and Val are doing it. And I hope they are, because she’s about my age** and twice his, and that gives me hope!
3) But when it comes down to it, I want Melissa and Tony to win, because I want Tony to FFFFIIINNNNALLLLYYYYYY win.

**I stand corrected. Kelly is thirteen years younger than I. Oh well.

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