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.
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 Divan, Serves 6-8
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.
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.