Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks: Penzey’s Turkey Soup Base (Plus Low-Carb Gravy and Other Recipes Using Turkey Base)
I think Penzeys Turkey Soup Base is a MUST-HAVE for Thanksgiving turkey and gravy, so this is a public service announcement to remind you it’s time to order some!
I’m interrupting the Thanksgiving Recipes with this important Turkey Gravy Public Service Announcement for anyone in the U.S. who’s cooking Thanksgiving dinner, or planning to make turkey stock or turkey soup after the holiday. I started sharing how much I love Penzeys Turkey Soup Base clear back in 2005, and today I’m giving you a reminder so you can order Turkey Soup Base from Penzeys in time for Thanksgiving. And now you can buy Penzey’s Turkey Soup Base (affiliate link) at Amazon.com as well!
And I think I can safely say that Penzeys Turkey Soup Base is now a Denny family tradition because one year when I was talking to my sister Pam about Thanksgiving dinner I told her I’d ordered 2 jars of it, and she told me she’d already ordered hers as well! We both agreed that Penzeys Turkey Soup Base is a MUST-HAVE ingredient for Thanksgiving gravy. (And for anyone who might be wondering, Penzeys has never paid me to promote their Turkey Soup Base, and I seriously doubt they even know my little blog exists!)
Don’t confuse this soup base with those horrid packets of turkey gravy mix that come in the turkey! The first ingredient in this product is cooked turkey meat. For anyone who’s even the slightest bit gravy-challenged, this will help you make the best turkey gravy you’ve ever made. And Penzeys Turkey Soup Base is low enough in carbs that you can add a tablespoon or two to a batch of turkey gravy without adding too many carbs. Keep reading for more thoughts on turkey gravy and some recipes I’ve loved with turkey stock or turkey gravy.
Since gravy is usually thickened with white flour or cornstarch, it’s a very limited food for anyone who’s following a carb-conscious diet of any type. This Penzey’s Turkey Soup Base does contain very small amounts of cornstarch and sugar, but it has only 1 carb in 3/4 teaspoon and it doesn’t take much to make turkey gravy taste great. Personally I consider turkey gravy part of the once-a-year splurge for Thanksgiving and eat it in small amounts, but if you want to make lower-carb turkey gravy, here are a few options for that.
How to Make Low-Carb Turkey Gravy:
–If you don’t mind a thin gravy, you can make amazing-tasting gravy just by adding little bit of Penzeys Turkey Soup Base the pan juices from the roasted turkey and then simmering on low until it’s reduced and slightly thickened. This is probably my preferred method.
–I’ve had good luck with lower-carb gravy made with Arrowroot Starch (also called Arrowroot Flour and Arrowroot Powder) which thickens like cornstarch but with a much smaller amount. The arrowroot starch gives the food a shiny look, which some people might not like for gravy, and there are also some tricks to using it successfully, so follow instructions.
–Ketologic makes low-carb turkey gravy with heavy cream and Xanthan gum, but I haven’t tried that method. I’d definitely add just a little Penzey’s Turkey Soup Base for a stronger turkey flavor.
–I saw a few gravy recipes using Thick-It-Up Low-Carb Thickener, which I haven’t tried but am intrigued by. If anyone has used this, let us know your thoughts in the comments!
Recipes Using Penzey’s Turkey Soup Base:
I’ve shared a lot of ideas for Leftover Turkey (or chicken), but these are my favorite ways to use Penzey’s Turkey Soup Base.
I love to make CrockPot or Instant Pot Turkey Breast, and I’d never make this without a little Penzeys Turkey Soup Base.
All good turkey soup starts with turkey stock; here’s How to Make Turkey Stock. Making stock from the turkey carcass is definitely one of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions!
This Low-Carb Turkey Soup with Zucchini Noodles is definitely my favorite things to make with leftover turkey the last few years. If you really want a low-carb soup, leave out the carrots, but either way this soup is loaded with flavor.
Slow Cooker Lemony Turkey Soup with Spinach and Orzo is another delicious soup that gets added flavor from Penzey’s Turkey Soup Base. If you want to make this a low-carb soup, switch out the orzo for Cauliflower Rice and add it towards the end of the cooking time.
More About Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks:
I purchased the Penzeys Turkey Soup Base myself and this company has no idea that I’m writing about their product. All items featured as Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks are things I will happily buy over and over, and because I want readers to know that my opinions are completely unbiased, I don’t accept review products from the many companies who offer to send them to me. You can see the complete list of products I’ve chosen at Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks.