Cannellini Bean and Smoked Turkey Stew
Category: Soups & Salads | Blog URL: http://alittlebitburnt.blogspot.com/2010/02/cannellini-and-smoked-turkey-stew.html
This recipe was entered in The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook contest, a compilation of the world’s best food blogs which was published in Fall 2010.
Photo: Tam Ho
This simple stew is all about the smoked turkey. If you've ever wondered what to do with those smoked turkey drumsticks, wings, or even smoked porkchops you see at the grocery store in the meat aisle, adding them to a soup or stew is an easy way to really deepen the flavors of your dish and add a nice smokiness.
I bought smoked turkey drumstick pieces that were cut into slices, and cut them into smaller, bite sized pieces. Turkey drumsticks have those tough tendons along the side, so you'll want to remove those. I also removed the skin but did throw the bones in while the soup simmered away, and then removed them before serving.
I threw this together with just one can of cannellini beans and a can of diced tomatoesand only made enough for a few servings, but you could easily double the recipe. You can also make this looser for more of a soup, or thicker for something more like a stew. I decided to go with a nice, thick and hearty stew and served it with ciabatta. If you like, you could grate a little pecorino or parmigiano reggiano over it before serving.