Oh, The Holidays


As I awoke from my Thanksgiving food and alcohol coma, I realized that my relatives did not take my subtle hint to heart and will be staying with us through the remainder of the weekend.  As a result and much to my liver’s chagrin, a Bloody Mary and butter and onion sandwich will be a good starter for what will likely be a very long and tiresome weekend…..thank God for booze, college football and Sheriff Buford T. Justice.

With mounds of leftover turkey and plenty of relatives to feed, I have decided to pull out an old standby.  If you recall from Exception To The Rule, rotisserie chicken is a great shortcut for my tortilla soup.  That being the case, wouldn’t  leftover fried turkey make it that much better…….

Leftover Tortilla Soup

1 T  vegetable oil

1  28 oz can of diced tomatoes

1  15.5 oz can white hominy, drained

1  medium white onion, diced

2  small packet Sazon seasoning*

1  jalapeno, seeded and diced

4  garlic cloves, diced

1  chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, diced

1 t adobo sauce

2  bay leaves

¼ c  cilantro, chopped

2  32 oz boxes Swasons Chicken Broth

Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey, shredded

Salt and Pepper, to taste

Garnish:  sour cream, cilantro, Monterey Jack cheese, avocado, purple onion

In a large stock pot, heat oil over medium-high.  Add chopped onions and jalapeno, sautéing for 3 minutes.  Add tomatoes, garlic, chipotle and adobo sauce, sautéing for another 5 to 7 minutes.  Once the juice from the tomatoes has evaporated, add chicken broth, bay leaves, hominy and cilantro.  Bring ingredients to a boil and reduce heat to medium.  Simmer for approximately 30 minutes, adding more chicken broth, beer or water if needed.  Just prior to serving, add the turkey to the pot to warm.  Garnish with cilantro, Monterey Jack cheese, sour cream, avocado and/or purple onion.

Sazon is a mexican soup seasoning made by Goya.  There are several different flavor combinations.  I use the one with coriander and annatto.

Twisted Epilogue:  BTW, don’t knock if you haven’t tried it.  Butter and onion on white bread is a damn good hangover cure.  Courtesy of the late, great Joe Bob Hille!

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