So after the turkey is roasted and you have eaten the same roast turkey dinner for the third meal it is time to start your mind churning to come up with some ideas for those leftovers right?
Now some options are buy a smaller turkey, (not in my house!) or don’t take home leftovers! Other options are to make lunches and dinners and freeze them off for future meals. Let’s be honest though I can only eat so much turkey as plain turkey.
So what do you do with your leftovers? I am a big fan of making things that pull double duty, meaning I can cook them for a meal and make enough of them to freeze half off! There is the ever popular Turkey Noodle soup, or here in Minnesota Turkey wild rice soup. Something with lots of mushrooms and veggies to stretch it out. There is turkey pot pie, where you can substitute out some filo dough instead of that pie crust to cut down on some of those calories. I generally make just the filling and freeze that off so it is ready to thaw and top with dough! You can also make a turkey chili either traditional red chili or white, and that freezes great!
Tonight on my menu is Turkey nachos! Yep that’s right lots of veggies (and beans) and some spices and seasoning and I will be in heaven! I will very likely make a turkey hot dish (called a casserole where I come from) for dinner tomorrow night. There really is an endless stream of possibilities for leftover turkey that even extends to things as easy as sandwiches both hot and cold. Also don’t forget to freeze off some turkey by itself to add to your salads over the next few months.
Now you know why we never buy a smaller turkey around the holidays, and actually we buy a bigger one than we need!
Do you have a favorite thing to do with your turkey leftovers? Care to share a recipe or a tip? I would love to hear it!