Skip to comments.Turkey leftovers - just as delicious as Thanksgiving Day Turkey
Posted on 11/22/2012 4:55:50 PM PST by JoeProBono
Thanksgiving Day is a favorite. Not only for all the wonderful memories and experiences we have gained and shared over the years, but for such a special time to give thanks for all our blessings.
Families will be reunited; friends will gather. The joy of being together is evident. The house will be filled with conversations catching up on the latest of events and activities. The flow in the kitchen will be filled with laughter and smiles as family members begin preparing and serving their specialties. And the feast begins.
But when the holiday feast is over, theres still something to look forward to. Turkey leftovers! Ive asked friends to share their favorite recipes for leftover turkey and the response from many was the same - turkey sandwiches, all week long! And, weve included a turkey salad recipe that is just delicious! But, just in case you have prepared a big enough bird to set aside some extra portions, here are a few tasty ideas. Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!
Cheesy Turkey Spaghetti is just one of the many dishes that can be pulled together with turkey leftovers from your Thanksgiving meal.
Cheesy Turkey Spaghetti
Shredded Turkey (approximately 2 lbs.)
2 cans Cream of Mushroom/Chicken soup (already combined) or
1 can each Cream of Mushroom and Cream of Chicken Soup
2 cans Mild Rotell (diced tomatoes and green chilies)
1 lb. Velveeta Cheese, cubed
1 lb. spaghetti, cooked according to package directions
Mix all ingredients together (except spaghetti), in a large pot over medium heat, stirring constantly until cheese is thoroughly melted.
Pour turkey mixture over prepared spaghetti noodles and toss until evenly coated.
Note: This is a fairly quick and easy recipe that makes a good meal for a large crowd.
Soup from the carcass!
Turkey Tamales ... last a long time in the freezer. Yummy!
Mexican Turkey Soup (Caldo De Guajolote)
2 tbsp vegetable oil or lard (for authentic flavor)
1 onion, large, chopped
1 celery, sliced thinly (1 rib)
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 carrot, peeled and diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
5 cups turkey stock
2 cups turkey, cooked, chopped
1 cup corn, fresh or frozen
2 teaspoons tomato paste
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro or parsley
Heat the oil in a soup kettle over moderate heat. Add the
onion and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes. Add the celery,
bell pepper, and carrot, salt lightly, cover, reduce the
heat slightly, and sweat the vegetables for 5 minutes.
Stir in the garlic and spices and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
Add the stock, turkey meat, corn and tomato paste and season
with salt and pepper. Bring to a near boil, cover, and reduce
the heat to moderately low. Gently simmer for 15 minutes, then
turn off the heat and let the soup sit for at least 15 minutes.
Reheat gently and serve, stirring in the fresh herbs just before
As is typical, microwaved or steamed flour tortillas, perhaps
with some melted Longhorn cheddar on them, complements the soup
Tradition here is to make Turkey Chili. Simply substitute diced turkey for chili meat or hamburger.
One addendum to the Mexican Turkey Soup.
To give soups a lot more flavor, Mexican cooks will take
a handful of uncooked small pasta, like seashell or macaroni,
and brown it a little, dry in oil or lard. It is then added
to the soup before its final simmering phase, and it strongly enhances its character.
Turkey Dinner Casserole:
Cut up turkey meat into 1/2-inch chunks.
Mix 2 cups turkey chunks into one and a half to two quarts leftover stuffing.
Add about a cup or so of leftover veggies such as peas, pearl onions, carrots, etc if desired, and the parsley from the turkey platter, chopped.
Tamp into in a greased baking dish.
Pour turkey gravy thinned with broth over the mixture until damp but not soggy.
Add a layer of leftover mashed or sweet potatoes to the top and dot with butter.
Bake at 325 degrees for 35 minutes.
Serve with cranberry jelly.
Hmm, those sound good. I was thinking turkey enchiladas, or maybe turkey tikka masala. Turkey chili. Turkey shepherd’s pie. Good ole turkey sandwiches.
none of that here, a big benefit from going the smoked turkey way...
I like the way you think. Bones into soup and stew that is.