8 Ways to Use Leftover Turkey

8 Ways to Use Leftover Turkey

We all have finished our Thanksgiving dinners and I’m sure we’ve all eaten some pretty delicious turkey sandwiches, but there are so many other ways to use up that leftover bird!

Turkey Leftover ideas:

Turkey Stock

A great change from the usual chicken stock. Place your turkey carcass with most of the meat removed into a large stock pot. Add a few quartered onions, 5 or 6 carrots cut into pieces, 5 or 6 celery stalks (and leaves too!), and 1 head of garlic split in half. Fill with enough water to cover all the ingredients and bring to a boil. Simmer on low for 4 hours (longer if you’d like a richer flavoured stock). Cool, then strain. Store in the fridge overnight so the fat that rises to the surface solidifies and you can scrape it off. Use as you would any stock.

Turkey Tacos

Toss cooked, shredded turkey in some salt and pepper, lime juice and a small amount of chili powder. Place in warmed tacos and top with avocado, tomato, cilantro, shredded lettuce and sour cream.

Turkey Chili

Use your favourite chili recipe and just sub out the ground beef. You’ll want to saute the turkey just before you add the liquid (tomatoes, water etc).

Turkey Pizza

Brush a pre-made pizza crust (or one you made yourself!) with 1 Tablespoon olive oil mixed with 1 finely minced clove of garlic. Top with thin slices of turkey breast and halved cherry tomatoes. Sprinkle with smoked cheddar cheese and place in a 425F oven just until cheese melts. Top with 2 or 3 leaves of sage cut into thin ribbons.

Waldorf Turkey Wraps

Fill a large flour (white or whole wheat) tortilla with shredded turkey, a few halved red grapes, 1/2 stalk of celery sliced thinly, 1/4 apple cut into small cubes, 2 large pieces of Boston bib lettuce, a squeeze of lemon juice and a bit of mayo. For a true Waldorf, add some chopped walnuts- optional, of course.

White Turkey Lasagna w/ Mushrooms

Try this (http://www.crumbblog.com/2010/10/leftovers-gone-wild-white-lasagna-with.html) amazing recipe for turkey lasagna that I made last year with our leftovers.

Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

This is great way to use up your leftover turkey, mashed potatoes AND veggies left from Thanksgiving dinner. Saute onions in oil just until translucent. Add shredded turkey, veggies (corn, peas, carrots etc), 2 cloves minced garlic, salt and pepper and a tablespoon of flour. Cook 2 minutes then add chicken stock. Transfer to baking dish and top with mashed potatoes. Cook in 375F oven until potatoes are golden. (for full recipe and measurements- http://cheapassmama.weebly.com/1/post/2011/10/whatevers-in-the-fridge-shepards-pie.html)

Turkey Sandwich

I know, I know… I said no sandwiches! This (http://paninihappy.com/leftover-turkey-panini-turkey-cuban-panini) yummy take on the classic Cuban is amazing even if you’re sick of turkey leftovers.

This was a guest post by Rebecca Boss. Rebecca blogs at http://cheapassmama.weebly.com/.

Any other leftover turkey ideas?

Steven Zussino

Steven Zussino is the co-founder of Grocery Alerts Canada. He loves to help Canadians save money on groceries. He also runs the blog, CanadianTravelHacking.com.