Everyone loves a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, but it seems that every year there are pounds of leftover turkey after the big day. And while endless turkey sandwiches aren’t a bad thing, it can get kinda boring. Here are a bunch of wonderful ideas for ways to use up your leftover turkey without boring your palate…
If you were lucky enough to end up with the turkey carcass, strip the meat off the bones and simmer the bones with water, herbs, spices, and a few coarsely chopped veggies to create an intensely flavorful stock. The stock can be frozen for up to 3 months. One great recipe for turkey stock is here.
2. A Breakfast Hash
Shredded or diced turkey makes a flavorful addition to a breakfast hash with potatoes and eggs. Good Morning America’s Diane Sawyer has a great recipe, and I also have a breakfast hash recipe at my blog Brave New Breakfast that can be adapted for turkey. Packed with protein, this is one breakfast that will keep you full and alert while you scour the Black Friday sales.
Quesadillas are super easy to make, and can be filled with whatever leftovers you have. It’s also easy to adjust the spice level for each serving, making it a smart choice for families with both picky and adventurous eaters. Place a tortilla in a hot oiled skillet, stuff with turkey, cheese, and condiments, fold, brown on both sides, and serve!
4. Try Something New
Chances are, you’ll be sick of turkey a day or two after Thanksgiving, but still have a pile of leftovers to use up. If you are usually a fan of plain foods, you may find that you are receptive to bold ethnic flavors just because you are so sick of turkey. Why not try a turkey curry, turkey chow mein, or Moroccan Turkey with Cranberry Couscous?
Remember, turkey should be consumed 3-4 days after a Thanksgiving feast, so freeze any uneaten leftovers before then. Happy Thanksgiving!