Wednesday, November 16, 2011

After the Feast Soup

I saw this product on the Crate & Barrel website, and thought what a wonderful gift this would be for a Thanksgiving host. 

Then, I decided that I could make a gift like this myself.  I have several recipes for those "soup in a jar" mixes.  You know, the ones where you layer ingredients in a mason jar and attache preparation instruction

Chris' Holiday Leftover Soup

1 (2.75 ounce) package country gravy mix (regular or no-fat)
1 tablespoon chicken bouillon granules
2 teaspoons dried minced onion
2 teaspoons dried celery flakes
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1/4 cup uncooked wild rice
1 cup uncooked white rice
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped dried mushrooms
(shiitake, chanterelle or oyster)
    2 cups chopped or shredded turkey; to be added at cooking time

Pour gravy mix into wide-mouth pint jar. In small bowl, stir together bouillon granules, onion, celery and parsley. Pour into jar to make second layer. Add layers of wild rice, white rice and mushrooms. Seal with lid. Attach gift tag (below) and decorate jar as desired.

Attach a gift tag with the following instructions:

Holiday Leftover Soup:

Empty contents of jar into a large saucepan or Dutch oven. Add 7 cups water; heat to boiling. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes or until rice is tender, stirring occasionally. Add leftover turkey to just warm through. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley.
Makes 6 servings.

I made something similar last year. It's good to have a few around for those unexpected, drop-in guests who bring gifts!


  1. Dear Chris this is wonderful!! Thank you so much for the recipe! I can imagine how pleased your quest were to receive this. A beautiful gift indeed. You have certainly inspired me. By the way, I love the containers and the color choice...perfect for the holidays. :)

    Happy weekend to you dear friend!



  2. I love this idea Chris! Thank you so much for sharing your creative gift ideas... we all need those perfect things that make the host or hostess go WOW!

    Hugs, Sherry


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