Help! I have too much turkey left over!

29 Nov

This seems to be the case with just about every family in the nation, so the question often arises “What can I do with all of this turkey?!” Well, over the course of the long holiday weekend I have found 3 ways in which you can use up all of that turkey while feeding your family and minimizing waste (and that’s money that you get to keep in your pocket!)

First, the infamous turkey soup. It is so easy to make and uses up lots of the extra veggies that didn’t make it into your Thanksgiving dinner (the ones that did however, are coming up in another recipe!).  Start with boiling the bones that are left over after you take all of the meat off of them – you can just as easily throw it in a crock pot and let it cook over night. In the morning, take the  bones out and put it in the fridge to cool down (this lets the fat harden on the surface so you can remove it!). Then, put all of the broth in a stock pot (I would say we had about 8 cups of broth) with some peppercorns and any chopped up veggies you have left over in the fridge – we had carrots, celery, onions and garlic. Once the carrots start getting a little soft, throw in 3-4 cups of turkey and 2 cups of elbow macaroni noodles. Simmer until the noodles are soft and voila! Dinner for days. Feel free to adjust the veggies and amounts to what you have on hand – we wanted a really hearty, chunky soup so we added a lot of everything!

Second, shepherd’s pie! Line the bottom of a pan with any left over biscuits/bread/stuffing that you have (if it’s stuffing, pat it down flat for maximum crustiness). In a separate bowl, mix together your left over veggies, turkey and gravy then pour on top of the biscuits/bread/stuffing. Scoop your left over mashed potatoes on top, sprinkle with a little bit of cheese if you wish and bake at 350 degrees F until the potatoes and cheese starts to brown. Dinner for the family, while cleaning out your fridge! This, as well as the turkey soup would probably freeze well for easy on the go dinners.

Finally, if you STILL have turkey left over you can make an endless variety of sandwiches! You can make an open-faced sandwich with mashed potatoes, turkey and gravy on top heated up in a toaster overn or microwave, or you can make a simple turkey sandwich with either mustard or cranberry sauce smeared on the bread with turkey and stuffing layered in between. Yum! What do you do with your holiday leftovers?

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