After stuffing yourself with stuffing and cramming yourself with cranberry sauce, you may have more Thanksgiving leftover turkey than you thought you would. Why let that leftover bird go to waste? There are plenty of ways that you can put your turkey leftovers to good use. These three simple turkey leftover recipes are so easy that you’ll be able to follow them even with that post-Thanksgiving, red wine hangover. So, what to do with turkey leftovers? Read on to find out.
#1 Turkey Divan
While it is historically made with chicken, turkey takes this dish from divan to divine. Originally served in restaurants with Mornay sauce, this American dish quite frequently features broccoli and almonds. This turkey divan recipe provides a quick leftover turkey version of this American classic, which will leave you and your guests just as satisfied and content as you were after the big Thanksgiving feast. Just blanch some broccoli, saute onions and pepper, and simmer up some chicken stock with mustard, cream and wine. Stir in broccoli and turkey, pour into casserole dish, sprinkle with breadcrumbs and bake for 15 minutes. Feel free to get creative with your Thanksgiving leftovers to make your own version of this treat.
#2 Turkey Soup
Using your turkey carcass, you can make a magnificent turkey broth that will be perfect for lunch the day after Thanksgiving. This is among the most popular turkey leftover recipes because, whether you’re a professional chef or you have zero culinary experience, this dish is easy to execute and even easier to enjoy. All you need is chicken broth, an onion, carrots, celery, bay leaves, turkey meat, garlic cloves, and whatever Thanksgiving side vegetables that you have left over. Put chicken broth, turkey, onion halves, carrots, celery stalk, and bay leaf into a stock pot and simmer for about an hour and a half. Strain broth and throw in diced veggies, chopped sage, a bay leaf, and small pieces of turkey. To find the complete recipe check out the Food on the Table’s “Turkey Soup with Tortellini and Spinach”:http://www.foodonthetable.com/recipes/359315-turkey-soup-with-tortellini-and-spinach or feel free to explore more turkey leftover recipes.
#3 Turkey Sandwich
After entertaining guests, pouring drinks, cooking like a fiend, and cleaning pots and pans, you may not be in the mood to get back into the kitchen and start cookin’. In this case, you may not know what to do with turkey leftovers. As you rouse from your food-coma the day after Thanksgiving, you can always depend on one simple leftover turkey treat that will satisfy your hunger while requiring little to no effort: the turkey sandwich. Even if you just slap some mayo and mustard on a leftover thanksgiving roll and throw some turkey in the mix, this leftover turkey option is delicious and fulfilling. However, if you’re feeling a bit more ambitious, you can jazz up the classic turkey sandwich by heating up the skillet and going to town. There are tons of turkey leftover sandwiches recipes out there, but maybe this one will strike your fancy. For a hot turkey sandwich, take two thick slices of bread. Spread butter liberally on each slice. In the South, we sometimes use honey butter, but regular butter works just as well. After the bread has reached a golden brown, flip and start making your sandwich. Spread mustard or your sauce of choice over the bread. Some leftover gravy or cranberry sauce could also do the trick. Layer your leftover turkey onto the bread, add your cheese of choice, and throw in some lettuce for a little crunch. After working hard on your sandwich, simply devour the best turkey leftover meal ever!
So now you know what to do with turkey leftovers. After whipping up a turkey divan or sipping on a turkey soup, feel free to resume your position on the couch to let the food-coma ensue. Just make sure to keep these Thanksgiving leftover turkey recipes in mind for next year.