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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 User ID: 7144531 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 User ID: 3082225 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 User ID: 2714898 18964
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2011

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

jmuir User ID: 5113262 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 User ID: 4188178 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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