4 Things to Do With Leftover Turkey

So this week most of us are going to chow down on enough turkey to make us sick of it but if you bought a giant turkey the chances are you have leftovers and are looking for things to do with leftover turkey.  Instead of wasting it or feeling overwhelmed here are some easy recipes which can quickly be prepared and then frozen so that you can have a meal for another night.

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If you’ve got a deep freezer I highly recommend buying a turkey or 2 for it even if you’re not hosting Thanksgiving.  Most turkeys near us are only $0.50-$0.75 per pound which makes it a crazy cheap meat.

Here are 4 things to do with leftover turkey.

You’ve cooked your roast and after everyone is finished eating you have to decide how to divide up the leftovers. I recommend a couple of things:

1. Cut any remaining pieces of turkey breast off to save for another turkey dinner.
2. Pull off as much other meat as you can. Dice it and place it in an airtight container in the fridge.
3. The rest of it (bone and all) place in a ziploc bag ready for soup.

Turkey Breast Dinner

The great thing about cooking meat like this is that it’s already cooked but you can freeze it or eat it that week. If by now you’re sick of it then you could take the rest of the breasts that were cut from the carcass and freeze them in a ziploc bag for another day. Or, you could do what we did and have more friends over and eat turkey breast!

I heated up the turkey, cooked some potatoes and veggies and my second guests that week thought I’d slaved over a hot stove! Maybe they don’t know me well enough yet ;)

Turkey Tetrazzini, Serves 6-8 people

Turkey Tetrazzini

Ingredients

  • * 8 ounces spaghetti broken into pieces cooked and drained
  • * 2-3 cups of cooked and diced turkey
  • * 1 ½ cups of cheddar cheese, divided
  • * ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • * 4oz sliced mushrooms
  • * ¼ cup of chopped onion
  • * 1 can of cream soup, mushroom, celery or chicken
  • * ½ cup chicken broth
  • * Salt and Pepper

Instructions

  1. 1. Saute the mushrooms and onions until cooked and put on one side
  2. 2. Combine spaghetti with 1 cup cheddar cheese and 1/8 cup of parmesan
  3. 3. Add the turkey and the rest of the ingredients.
  4. 4. Add the sauteed vegetables.
  5. 5. Place in a greased 9×13 and add remaining cheeses.
  6. 6. Cook at 350 degrees for 45 minutes until bubbly.
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Turkey Divan,  Serves 6-8

 

Turkey Divan

Ingredients

  • 6-8 cups cubed turkey or chicken
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1 TBS lemon juice
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (8 oz)
  • ¼ cup margarine
  • 2-10 oz. frozen broccoli or asparagus, cooked
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup crushed corn flakes or bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp curry powder

Instructions

  1. * Lay broccoli and chicken in the bottom of a butter 9 x 13 pan.
  2. * Mix soup, mayonnaise, lemon juice and curry powder together.
  3. * Pour over broccoli and chicken layer; sprinkle with cheese and crumbs.
  4. * Pour melted butter over top.
  5. * Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes.
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Turkey Noodle Soup

The other great thing you can make is, of course, turkey noodle soup. You get the turkey bones and cook them up to make a yummy soup. Often we have leftovers of this and I freeze it for a different day.  That way I don’t have to keep eating turkey and I’ve got a meal ready for another night. I find that freezing the broth, turkey and vegetables in one bag and noodles in the other works best so that the noodles don’t get soggy.

Turkey Noodle Soup

Ingredients

  • Homemade Turkey Soup – servings 8-10
  • · 1 leftover turkey carcass (from a 10- to 12-pound turkey)
  • · 2 quarts water, or enough to cover carcass
  • · 1 medium onion, halved
  • · 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • · 2 bay leaves
  • · 1 cup chopped carrots
  • · 1 cup uncooked long grain rice/or a handful or two of very fine noodles (I like a thicker soup, so I may add more noodles
  • · 2-3 stalks chopped celery
  • · 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • · 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup, undiluted

Instructions

  1. * Place the turkey carcass, water, onion, salt and bay leaves in a soup kettle; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 2 hours.
  2. * Remove carcass; cool. Strain broth and skim off fat; discard onion and bay leaves.
  3. * Return broth to the pan. Add carrots, rice, celery and chopped onion; cover and simmer until rice and vegetables are tender.
  4. * Remove turkey from the bones; cut into bite-size pieces.
  5. * Add turkey and cream soup to broth; heat through.
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So that’s all folks on my ways to use a turkey before you get too sick of it! What are you favorite ways or recipes? Leave a comment below.

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