Thanksgiving is comming. What do you do with left over turkey?

United States
September 15, 2008 7:57pm CST
Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It will be here before we know it. Durring the month of November you can get great deals on frozen turkeys. I usualy get at least 4 for my family. We have a few turkey dinners through the year and use leftovers to make pot pies and turkey soups. What else can you do with all that left over turkey meat?
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@xParanoiax (6999)
• United States
17 Sep 08
Er...WHAT leftover turkey? Lol. We usually only can afford a small turkey, so it's usually gone the same day and the next few days we have turkey sandwiches for dinner. If we can find deals, we will often get a couple more and put 'em in our freezer in case we ever need any food for emmergencies -- which happens enough for our freezer not to be stuffed constantly full with turkeys lol. If there were any leftovers though, I would get a little more creative. Maybe experiment with my shepard's pie recipe? Soup? I'd find something.
• United States
17 Sep 08
Shepards pie sounds good. I have never thought of using turkey . I use beef and I am not a huge beef fan. The family like it but I dont. Turkey could be the perfect compromise. Thank you.
@capirani (1841)
• United States
17 Sep 08
This is one of the reasons I usually buy at least 2-3 big turkeys each holiday season. Because it is actually cheaper than chicken or other meats even though you have to pay a larger price for the larger amount of meat. Around Thanksgiving and Christmas we can usually get turkey for around $.89/lb and sometimes cheaper than that. That is so much better a price than even hamburger which is now close to or over $2.00/lb. One turkey is for the holiday and one is for cooking and freezing ahead so that I have that meat that will last for several months and give me a little variety. If you can manage to save up a little each week ahead of time knowing that turkey time is coming, it really is cheaper to buy turkey than any other meats. The big expense is that it is bought in such a large amount at one time. So I understand how that can be difficult.
• United States
18 Sep 08
Sure, Happy. I don't like beef very much in my shepard's pie either. I often will buy some ground turkey and cook it up mixed with egg and a little garlic myself. My whole family loves it, and it's a good hearty meal for the whole family. And yeah, Cap. It can be hard, christmas is harder though. So far, there's always been a deal someplace on Turkeys...but ham's not usually that cheap so I usually have to save up for that alot more.
@capirani (1841)
• United States
16 Sep 08
Turkey leftovers makes great turkey and noodles. It freezes well also. Shredded turkey for turkey sandwiches is also good and also freezes well. I like turkey stew, sliced turkey for sandwiches. I also like to buy extra turkeys during the season just to make these extra things to freeze for easy to make meals later on.
• United States
16 Sep 08
I am a huge fan of freezing meals for later. It simplifys my life so much. The Turkey and noodles sounds great. Do you use a recipe for it or just throw something together?
@capirani (1841)
• United States
17 Sep 08
No real recipe. I just boil the turkey that is left on the bone until it is easy to take off the bone, get rid of all the bone and use that broth for whatever I am making with the turkey, be it turkey and noodles, turkey stew, or whatever. The only thing I add is water to make sure it is enough to boil the meat and bone. Different brands of turkeys make different flavored broth. I like the Butterball and the other main names better than the store brands, but sometimes they are really good too.
• United States
18 Sep 08
It sounds easy. Im making a turkey for dinner this sunday and I will definately try this then. I love that it makes a good broth as well. Thank you!
• United States
19 Sep 08
Some other ways to use leftover turkey; -Turkey and noodles -Turkey stew -Veggie and turkey stir fry -Open-faced turkey sandwiches smothered in gravy (not very healthy, but quite good) -Turkey salad (just as you would do chicken salad) -Turkey sandwich spread (grind it up and mix with mayo and maybe a few other ingredients) -Turkey divan -Turkey and rice topped with cheese -Use it as a topping on homemade pizza -Grilled cheese and turkey sandwiches
• United States
18 Sep 08
We're like you, we have turkey sandwiches, turkey soup, turkey pot pies. All the usual. We like to make open faced turkey sandwiches and turkey melts. Pretty much we do all the usual and yes, we pull apart all the meat off the bone and freeze it too. We love to freeze things for later.