It seems the first question after Thanksgiving dinner is: What do we do with all this turkey? Today, I’m putting together a list of some things that we do with our leftover turkey and how to make soup stock with the leftovers. I love having little packages of turkey in the freezer because I know there’s always a quick dinner right around the corner.
First things first, I like to take all the meat off the bird after dinner, chop it up, and package it for the freezer. That way, over the next month or two, I can take out a package and add it to whatever I’m making.
After the bird is picked clean, I place it in a large stockpot with a mixture of chopped carrots, celery, and onions, (about 1 large onion, 3 large carrots, and 4 stalks of celery). Then, add a bay leaf and a teaspoon of peppercorns, and add water until it covers the bird by about 6 inches. Bring the stock to a boil and once it’s boiling, immediately turn it down to simmer. If you leave the stock to boil for more than a couple of minutes, your stock will become cloudy. Simmer for 4-6 hours, or until the water is level with the top of the bird and the stock tastes delicious. Refrigerate your stock before freezing it for later soups and yumminess.
Below is my list of recipes that I like to add already cooked turkey or chicken to, and the links to the recipes.
2. Margherita Spaghetti Squash Boats are delicious with leftover chopped turkey added in, or cooked Italian sausage (I know this is supposed to be about turkey, but I just can’t help myself, the options are endless)!
5. You can stir leftover turkey into the sauce for Easy Butter Chicken.
9. Mix some leftover turkey in Homemade Marinara Sauce with chopped rosemary to taste, (1-2 teaspoons per batch of marinara).
10. My favorite thing to do with leftover turkey, is to mix it with leftover gravy and cranberry sauce. This is delicious served over any carbohydrate, Roasted Sweet Potatoes by my number one choice.
Number 10 on the list might be a little weird, but it’s my version of enjoying the leftovers the next day, or even later that night if I’m not busy eating pie! Happy Thanksgiving everyone, I hope your holiday is filled with good food, and great company!