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Turkey Soup with Slickers Recipe

Turkey Soup with Slickers Recipe

Our grandson calls this "bone soup" because I make it with Thanksgiving turkey bones! The recipe for slickers—half dumplings, half egg noodles— comes from my grandmother.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 2-1/2 hours + cooling YIELD:10 servings


  • 1 leftover turkey carcass (from a 14-pound turkey)
  • 5 quarts water
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrot
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 3 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 egg
  • 2-1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 cup frozen peas


  • 1. In a Dutch oven or soup kettle, add the first nine ingredients. Slowly bring to a boil; skim foam. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 2 hours. Discard bay leaves. Remove carcass; set aside until cool enough to handle. Remove turkey from bones; discard bones. Cut turkey into bite-size pieces; set aside.
  • 2. In a large bowl, beat 1 cup of the broth and egg. Stir in enough flour to form a stiff dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead 8-10 times or until smooth. Divide dough in half; roll out each piece to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut into 2-in. x 1/4-in. strips.
  • 3. Add dill and poultry seasoning to remaining broth; bring to a gentle boil. Drop slickers into broth; cover and cook for 30-35 minutes or until tender. Add peas and reserved turkey; heat through. Yield: 8-10 servings (2-1/2 quarts).

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pdarwin 47820
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2013

"I made this tonight with our leftover turkey from Thanksgiving. I ended up simmering it about 4 hours. The slickers did not call for any salt and after reading reviews I thought it best I added salt. I added 1 tsp. to the slicker dough and am so glad I did. I felt it needed more vegetables than it called for and wish I had added some. It was mostly broth, meat and slickers. I also added chicken base to the water to make a richer broth. It needed more salt & pepper for flavor, but was able to season while eating. The slickers were a little chewy, but had good flavor Overall it had good flavor, just needed additional salt & pepper and more veggies. Next time will add twice the amount of veggies called for and frozen corn also. Field editor since July, 2013"

elaineae 48350
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2012

"WE didn't like the slickers. I'll stick to my own recipe of egg and flour and salt. I think the slickers needed the salt. They were tastless. The soup was good."

Valerie B 18964
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2011

"I would like to make these slickers, but I don't know the recipe? starr"

jmuir 41500
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2011

"My husband says this is the best turkey soup he has ever tasted! The slickers are definitely what make this soup!"

kitzer 20876
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2010

"I love your grandson's title, 'Bone Soup' !! I have been looking for different ADD-INS for my soup(s)! I think you recipe 'Slickers' will be something I will definately try! I make my Grandmother's (Norwegian)'heavy' dumpling recipe. I do not like the 'airy' bisquick type dumpling at all! Your combination sounds like the best dumpling-noodle combo I have ever seen!! P.S. Give 'bone soup' grandson a hug from me!! Gram C"

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