Today I am attempting to recreate a legend.
Tales have been told and told again of this magical substance, called Turkey Slop. Made by a magical creature, by the name of Mama Dot.
When CB was wee–“cb”– he was babysat by Mama Dot and Daddy Pat. They lived in a little white house in the woods and watched kids for a living. CB told me he would be in their kitchen (I imagine with fists full of cookies) and hear a knock at the door. Mama dot would open it up and there would be a raccoon, arms at his chest, waiting for lunch. She would hand him a bowl of beef stew and he would take it around the side of the house to eat it. She fed all the animals who lived in the woods around the house, including turkeys and porcupines. Daddy Pat was an old fellow who liked to put together playground equipment for the kids. CB used to call one the “baby mangler”, it was a sort of 6 sided see-saw with a mass of gears clanking away in the centre. Mama Dot and Daddy Pat have become legendary characters to me and I’m so happy to be making a meal that CB’s family equates with them. Turkey Slop is basically, turkey dinner in a pot, mashed potatoes and stuffing and all, boiled down with noodles until its thick and, well, sloppy. How can that not be the tastiest thing on earth?
1 clean picked turkey carcass
2 carrots, rough chopped
2 onions, rough chopped
2 sticks of celery, chopped
Put all ingredients into a heavy bottomed pot, and add just enough water to cover the bones. Bring to a boil, turn down to low heat and let simmer 4-8 hours. I like to put it on right after dinner and leave it on all night.
When its done, pour it through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl. Keep 4 litres for slop, and reserve the rest for cooking later on!
1 Turkey Dinners worth of Leftovers (mash potatoes, turnips, carrots, beans, peas, turkey, gravy, stuffing etc..)
4 Litres Turkey Broth
2 cups pasta
3 tbsp sage
1 tsp cumin
1 squeeze of lemon juice
Put leftovers and broth in the pot and let reduce until nice and thick. 20 minutes before eating it up, throw in the pasta and let cook. If you have brussel sprouts, keep them aside and throw them in at the last minute, or they will get bitter. Slop is finished when the spoon stands straight up!