Last week we shared our top online tips for cooking the feast. This week, it’s what to do with all of those leftovers!
I know we all have our favourites. Mine is a plain old toasted turkey sandwich with mayo. Even the favourites get tired after a couple of days. You don’t want those turkey leftovers around for too long.
My husband is British. The day after a feast, he usually takes those delicious roast potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and veg, and fries them in a pan for bubble and squeak. We serve up that deliciousness with the leftover meat, boiled eggs, and a variety of cheeses and Picalilli and Branston pickle.
Lorna’s favourite thing to do with leftover turkey is to make soup – but there’s no recipe, she’s just freestylin’! That’s how Lorna rolls.
When I have a carcass (that didn’t happen this year – my son requested ham), I strip it of all of the useful meat. Then I roast the bones (at 350F) with an onion, carrot, and celery. I give it a stir every 15 minutes until it’s all a nice golden brown. Then I make stock – adding parsley, a little white wine, thyme, bay and season with pepper and lots of salt. Most gets frozen for later in 2 cup portions. This makes it easy to whip up a quick soup – now that we are in soup season! I learned this trick from Mark Bittman‘s How to Cook Everything. After years of making bland, bland, bland stock, now I make this rich, flavourful stock. It is so good it can stand alone!
But if you’ve done your favourites and are still looking for creative ideas, there are lots! How about turkey tacos, turkey salad, or throw all of those leftovers into a turkey panini? If you’re tired of your traditional turkey soup recipe, there’s Chipotle Tortilla Soup with Turkey and Lime or Turkey Mulligatawny Soup.
For that day when you just want to get the rest of the turkey leftovers into something big, there’s always delicious Turkey Pot Pie, made individually or into a single pie with a traditional pastry, or using phyllo (which you can find in the frozen food section of the grocery store). For those who don’t eat wheat, I’ve managed to roll the crust out from this quiche recipe and use it as a pot pie topper!
Whatever you do, we hope that you got to spend Thanksgiving with some of your loved ones.
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