This beautiful, light soup makes an amazing starter for the Christmas dinner table. Packed with warming spices, including plenty of punchy black peppercorns and fragrant tarragon, this aromatic turkey tarragon soup delivers all the flair of festive flavour without the heavy ingredients. A wonderful addition to the alternative festive feast, this soup is also perfect for using up leftover turkey.
To make the stock, place the bones etc., water, Peppercorns, Bay Leaf, Coriander and sliced onion in a large saucepan. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 1 hour. Strain the stock through a fine sieve, discarding the carcass, bones, skin, spices, herbs and onion.
Measure off 600ml (1 pint) of the stock and place it in a saucepan. Chop the turkey into small pieces and add it to the pan with the onion, Tarragon, Season-All Seasoning and Pepper. Bring the mixture to the boil, cover the pan and simmer for 20 minutes. Leave the soup to cool slightly. Blend the soup in a liquidiser or press it through a sieve until it is smooth. Return the soup to the pan.
Mix the cornflour and cold water to a smooth paste and stir the mixture into the soup. Add the milk and bring to the boil, stirring constantly. Adjust the seasoning. Stir in the cream.
Garnish the turkey tarragon soup with thin slices of cucumber and serve immediately.
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