Cook the Book: Bird to the Last Drop Soup

Cook the Book: Bird to the Last Drop Soup

Thanksgiving is particularly hard on the fridge. Leading up to the big day, the fridge is filled to capacity. I know mine is stuffed so precariously right now, I have to think twice before opening the door. The fridge gets a quick rest while we eat, but then the scramble to find a home for all the leftovers begins.

The turkey carcass always poses a bit of a logistical challenge. While the uneaten sides fit nicely into easy stacking containers, the turkey remains are less graceful. Thankfully, Alton Brown has come up with a solution for utilizing the last bits of the turkey in Good Eats: The Early Years.

This recipe for Bird to the Last Drop is a hearty turkey and rice soup that can easily be thrown together a couple days after Thanksgiving, but my plan is to get it on the stovetop during the lull between dinner and dessert—that way, I can free up valuable fridge space.

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  • Yield:6 servings


  • 2 quarts vegetable broth
  • 1 turkey carcass
  • 1 10-ounce box frozen vegetable medley
  • 1/2 cup long-grain white rice, uncooked
  • 2 cups turkey meat, cubed or torn into small pieces
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. 1.

    Put the broth and carcass in an 8-quart pot over low heat and bring to a simmer. Cook and cover for 1 hour.

  2. 2.

    Remove the carcass.

  3. 3.

    Add the vegetables, rice, turkey meat, Old Bay, and thyme to the pot and simmer for another 20 minutes