After our Christmas dinner spent with Cornelius’ family, C’s mom kindly wrapped up the turkey carcass for me to take home. Am I the only one who finds free turkey carcasses thrilling? The next day, I set about to make some homemade stock. First, I pulled off any remaining turkey from the bird and set it aside for later. Then I plopped the carcass into a stock pot and covered it up with water. I threw in some fresh thyme, peppercorns, bay leaves, a large onion, carrots, celery, hot pepper flakes and salt and set the whole shebag to boil. I then turned it down to a simmer and enjoyed the pleasant smells that filled the entire apartment for the rest of the afternoon, making me feel hungry and drowsy all at once. I strained the broth and then packed it up into lidded bowls and refrigerated them over night.
The next day I set out to make Cornelius’ favorite soup. I set the broth to boil and added some chopped onion and carrots and the remaining turkey meat. Then I opened a package of Manischewitz’s matzo ball mix and followed the directions on the box. Maybe next time I’ll try to make them from scratch as it really doesn’t seem much more difficult than using a mix. Once they settled in the fridge for 15 minutes or so, I rolled them into balls and added them to the broth. Twenty minutes later, the balls had puffed up to fluffy gigantic deliciousness and we ate like kings.