What Do You Do/Make With Your Turkey Left-Overs?

@gtargirl (5385)
United States
November 17, 2009 10:31pm CST
We had visitors from Holland for a month or so but they left before Thanksgiving. I made them a whole Thanksgiving meal, all the trimmings etc, and even thrrew in a free US History lesson. We've just been snacking on cold turkey and slices of pumpkin pie. Can you give me some suggestions, other than sandwiches (unless you've got something unique), on how to get creative with turkey left-overs?
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@millertime (1398)
• United States
23 Nov 09
Once we've had a complete meal a couple of times and there isn't enough of every dish to make a complete meal anymore, I like to cut up all the leftover turkey into bite sized pieces and mix it into the leftover gravy and then serve it over biscuits. You can even use bread and make open faced hot sandwiches. Stuffing goes good with it too and it makes for another good hot meal. If you have too much leftover mashed potatoes, I like to make a batch of potato pancakes. If you have leftover veggies, it would kind of depend on what it is but I sometimes use them up by adding them to soup or a casserole. I usually manage to use up just about everything.
@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
23 Nov 09
Wow, not a morsel wasted. I love it!! I like the open-faced hot sandwiches and add the stuffing and gravy too. Thanks Millertime. Happy Thanksgiving, by the way.
@ilyzium (1206)
• Canada
18 Nov 09
I have a few different things I make with leftover turkey meat. Let's see, well turkey soup which most people make, also turkey sandwiches. Probably one of my favorite things to make with leftover turkey is turkey potpie - yummy is all I can say. It's super easy to make as well. You need puff pastry which you roll out. To assemble the pie, chop off all your turkey meat and add in a few cups of frozen peas. I also add 2 cans of mushroom or cream of chicken soup mix to it and mix all together. Pour into a pyrell round or square dish that you can bake in the oven. Then assemble your puff pastry onto it. Finally I just brush it with a bit of milk on top and make criss cross marks with my fork. I've made this lots of times and everyone quite likes it.
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
22 Nov 09
Wow, that sounds absolutely scrumptious. I definitely try this. Thanks.
24 Nov 09
What a great idea ! Thanks ! I'm going out today and I'll get some puff pastry, That sounds sooooo delicious.
@ilyzium (1206)
• Canada
25 Nov 09
Seriously, you ladies should try it, it's super easy to make and only takes about an hour to bake, and tastes just fabulous!!
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
19 Nov 09
Well since I smoke mine now nothing is ever left before I started smoking it we never liked turkey so I never cooked one. always a ham and some sweet taters. that would always dissapear too
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
22 Nov 09
Smoked turkey . . . that's sounds delish!! You'll have to share your methods with us.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
23 Nov 09
ya got to buy a smoker got mine at lows then takes lots and lots of charcol. for it takes 6 to 8 hours for it all to cook and just put butter all over the turkey the skin gets really brown but it locks in the juices
@pastorkayte (2255)
• United States
27 Jan 10
You need vegies (carrots, potatoes, celery, and peas, chicken broth, seasonings (parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, oregano, and cumin), cut up pieces of the turkey, a teaspoon of butter. Boil the carrots and potatoes till they are halfway soft, then add to a pot of boiling chicken broth, season the broth, add remainder of vegies and then after everything is cooked you can then add the turkey and the teaspoon of butter then if you like you can put it on a bed of rice or noodles to make it stretch.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
19 Nov 09
i NEARLY ALWAYS MAKE a turkey pot pie w/leftover turkey. I also make soup, turkey salad or anything i can think up. So many people don't like turkey but i'm very fond of it.
@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
22 Nov 09
I will try to make a soup next time. Easy is good for me. The turkey salad wasn't a hit with my family so I'll try something else. Thanks.
@nimaro (94)
• United States
19 Nov 09
Basically anything you can do with chicken!
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
22 Nov 09
I suppose that's true, but I think for me, the two still taste a little different. But I guess you're right.
@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
19 Nov 09
Oh we do hot turkey sandwiches (turkey & gravey heated up over bread), cold turkey, and when I feel really energetic will do turkey pot-pie - turkey, veggies (what ever I have) and gravey put in casserole dish with biscuits on top and bake :)
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
22 Nov 09
Nice!!! I'm getting the gist of things here. Though, my family liked eating plain leftovers I am definitely going to get creative with it next time . . . which is this Thursday, of course. Thanks again Faith.
@thorgrym (677)
• United States
18 Nov 09
Chili...mmmmmm! Make your favorite chili recipe and simply add the leftover turkey to the mix. As it is already cooked, add it last - just before the recipe is finished cooking. You want to give it enough time for the flavors to meld together, but not so much time that the turkey gets too over-cooked. Also, I will add the turkey to omelets, quiche, and other dishes - if it lasts long enough!
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
22 Nov 09
That's a new one. For me, at least. Sounds very simple cause I can do chili. And as far as omelets go I'm guessin' you'd have to chop up the turkey a little bit and quiche would be great if I actually knew how to make one. Anyhow, thanks Thor!!
@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
18 Nov 09
TURKEY POT PIE 6 tablespoons butter 6 tablespoons flour 2 cups turkey or chicken broth 1 cup milk or heavy cream salt, to taste 2 cloves garlic, pressed 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 4 cups cubed cooked turkey or chicken 1 lb. frozen peas, carrots and onion mixture 2 Pillsbury pie crusts or 9" home-made Preheat oven to 425°F. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat with the pressed garlic cloves. Whisk in the flour and cook for several minutes, stirring occasionally. Gradually stir in the broth until absorbed. Add the milk or cream slowly, stirring constantly so that lumps don't form. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, uncovered, over low heat (low simmer) until the sauce has thickened, stirring occasionally. Allow to cool for at least 30 minutes (may be made a day ahead). Thaw the frozen peas, carrots and onions for 15 minutes. (Note: If you're unable to find peas, carrots and onion combination, use 12 oz peas and carrots with 1 whole fresh onion, chopped). Lightly butter or spray with non-stick spray a deep dish pie pan or shallow casserole. Line the bottom of the pie plate or dish with one of the pie crusts. Add cooked cubed turkey and the vegetables. Pour in the gravy mixture. Cover with the upper pie crust and flute or crimp the edges, if desired. Bake for about 40 minutes or until golden brown.
@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
22 Nov 09
Aaah, how sweet is this??? Thanks Jenny. I'll have to write this one down too. It's good to have you back on MyLot, by the way.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
18 Nov 09
I love Thanksgiving leftovers. We usually have alot of turkey sandwiches after Thanskgiving, to eat. We reheat any of the leftovers and have it for lunches also. We try to eat on it until it is gone and it is great to have anytime even if the holiday is passed.
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
22 Nov 09
Oh, I so agree. We actually just started snacking on cold turkey. I meant to make something with it, but before I could the kids had finished the leftovers off. Go figure. But the real Thanksgiving is coming up and I'll be making a whole meal again.
• India
18 Nov 09
take advantage of the seasonal sales and buy a turkey . browning the turkey is one of the secrets to make it more tasty. well serve with love and that a class on its own. well i would recommend to search in www.about.com well i remember reading some quite interesting recipe in the site
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
22 Nov 09
Sounds good. I like checking out recipes online. You find some interesting stuff there.
• India
18 Nov 09
i never cooked turkey , as i am a pure vegetarian , but if I'll have some turkey leftover , I'll definitely give it to my dogs............they will love them.........
@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
22 Nov 09
Awww . . . well, I guess it would be a good Thanksgiving for the doggies then. I'm just sayin'.
• India
19 Dec 09
Hello my friend gtargirl Ji, I feel very sorry to dis-appoint youfor not suggestingas I have never cooked such items. We are pure North Indian Vegetarans, and never use Onions and Garlic. So it is very difficult for me. Excuse me. But I would like o learn from otehr responders abotwhat could be best prepared. May God bless You and have a great time.
• United States
30 Nov 09
I DONT ,i think it's gross and i throw it all away! or the turkey goes home with somone else.
• United States
24 Nov 09
You could make turkey sandwiches, or put some of the turkey into a casserole! My sister in law usually takes some of the left over turkey and makes a turkey noodle casserole, or uses the meat in spaghetti sauce instead of using hamburger meat. It turns out pretty good if she seasons it right.