Mmm… turkey dumplings

We bought a turkey the other day because the sale price was so good and cooked the bird in the oven, stripped the meat, and made stock with the carcass.  Mrs J has been wanting dumplings for a while now and today I put the dish together with simple rolled dumplings.

DSC_4511 [1600x1200]This is a really good turkey soup even before the dumplings are added.  I diced celery, carrots, onion, and a couple of cloves of garlic and softened them on the stove top in olive oil with a pinch of dried thyme.  These went into the pot with the stock and the already cooked turkey to simmer until the veggies were done.  At this point the mixture can sit until you are ready to drop in the dumplings, they only take 5 minutes to cook up.  The flour in the dumplings will thicken the broth, but if you want just the turkey vegetable soup sans dumplings you can add a tablespoon of flour to the veggies as you saute them.  If you do, add a ladle of broth to the saute pan and stir well to combine with the flour before you dump the lot into the pot.