Brooklyn Maple, from Kentucky Legend, joined us this morning for Kentucky Legend's very first What's Cookin'? segment for 2021.  While it's been a relatively mild winter thus far, we have certainly had some chilly days that are perfect "soup" days.  I mean, is there anything better on a cold day than a big old bowl of comfort food.  Well, today's recipe is just that.  Here's how to make Kentucky Legend's Turkey Tortilla Soup. And, yes!  It has just enough spice to give it your New Year a little feisty kick!

KENTUCKY LEGEND'S TURKEY TORTILLA SOUP

2 tbsp olive oil

1 onion, diced

2 stalks celery, diced

1 poblano pepper, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp each salt and pepper

8 cups sodium-reduced chicken broth

4 cups diced butternut squash

1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes

1 canned chipotle in adobo sauce, finely chopped

8 slices Kentucky Legend Quarter Sliced Turkey, chopped

3 tbsp lime juice

2 ripe avocados, halved, pitted and sliced

1 1/2 cups crispy tortilla strips

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves

1/3 cup sour cream

 

DIRECTIONS:

Heat oil in large Dutch oven set over medium heat. Cook onion, celery, poblano and garlic for 3 to 5 minutes or until slightly softened. Stir in cumin, salt and pepper. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until fragrant.

Stir in broth, squash, tomatoes and chipotle; bring to boil. Stir in turkey. Reduce temperature to medium-low; cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in lime juice.

Divide among 8 soup bowls. Garnish with avocados, tortilla strips, Parmesan and cilantro. Top with dollop of sour cream.

Some Kentucky Legend pro tips:

Broil or grill poblano pepper until charred all over before using if desired.

For homemade tortilla strips: Preheat oven to 425°F. Stack 4 flour tortillas (7-inch diameter); slice in half. Cut crosswise into 1/2-inch wide strips. Toss with 2 tbsp olive oil; season with 1/4 tsp salt. Spread in single layer on large baking sheet; bake for 10 minutes or until crispy and lightly golden. Let cool completely.

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