leftover turkey http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/8206/all en-US 5 Creative, Simple, and Frugal Recipes for Leftover Turkey http://www.wisebread.com/5-creative-simple-frugal-recipes-for-leftover-turkey <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-creative-simple-frugal-recipes-for-leftover-turkey" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3158263651_9f55bbfa0a_z.jpg" alt="thanksgiving turkey" title="thanksgiving turkey" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's that time of year again. No, not the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/unusual-gift-ideas-for-a-memorable-holiday-season" title="Unusual Gift Ideas for a Memorable Holiday Season">holiday season</a>. The time when everyone and their mother tells you what to do with all that leftover turkey you're going to have in a week. Not wanting to be left out of such honored company, here are some of the best ideas I've heard (and had!) for using up those extra bits of bird. Besides being tasty, they might not be anything you've had before, they whip up quickly, and they use ingredients that most people have on hand. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-fancy-ways-to-use-leftover-food" title="8 Fancy Ways to Use Leftover Food">8 Fancy Ways to Use Leftover Food</a>)</p> <h2>1. Turkey Bar-B-Q Sandwiches</h2> <p>These are a great spin on the overdone after-Thanksgiving turkey sandwiches. Simmer some turkey in your favorite bar-b-q sauce. Add some onion and garlic if you're feeling particularly adventuresome. Meanwhile, lightly toast some bread (those leftover dinner rolls will work, too). When everything smells fabulous and tastes the way you like it, put the turkey mixture on the rolls and consume the goodness.</p> <h2>2. Turkey Marinara</h2> <p>Some people put boring old meatballs in their spaghetti sauce, but not you. Nope, creative fiend that you are, you use turkey instead. If you're feeling really ambitious, you can chop your turkey really small or put it through a grinder, mix it with some onion, garlic, and other spices, and cook your meatballs in a pan or your oven until they've glommed together in that special way meatballs do.</p> <p>If you're still sleeping off the first turkey dinner, just add some turkey and spices to your spaghetti sauce and simmer until the flavors mix. The taste is about the same, though meatballs are just more fun.</p> <h2>3. Turkey Broth</h2> <p>Before you say, &quot;Bor-ring!&quot; and walk away, hear me out. Broth is infinitely useful, obviously great for soups and gravies, but also useful as a marinade, in rice, or anytime you want to add a little extra meaty flavor. And the best thing about it? You can freeze it and save it forever! So you won't have to use all your turkey in a week. Instead, you'll consume it over months.</p> <p>To make turkey broth, simmer your turkey or turkey carcass (yup, making broth lets you use even the carcass!) in water with spices you like. I'd suggest garlic, parsley, basil, salt and pepper, but you can choose whatever works best for you. You can also add chopped veggies, like celery and onion. Simmer for several hours, then use a strainer to remove any bones. It's up to you whether or not you leave bits of meat in &mdash; some people like it this way and others don't. Set aside any that you'll use within the next week and freeze the rest for later.</p> <h2>4. Turkey Divan</h2> <p>I'm not sure what &quot;Divan&quot; means, but I've always guessed it must be related to &quot;divine&quot; because of how amazing this meal tastes. Seriously, food of the gods, folks. I made up a recipe for this once-upon-a-time, but that was before I found <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/chicken_divan.html">this one</a>. And honestly, there's nothing in mine to recommend it above this one. Just swap out the chicken it mentions for your turkey leftovers and you may never want to eat anything else again.</p> <h2>5. Turkey Tortilla Soup</h2> <p>I love me some good tortilla soup (and I hate the bad ones!). There's not much better on a cold day than some spicy, substantial soup for lunch. If you're sick, there's not much that works better for clearing those poor sinuses, either.</p> <p>Just add some turkey to your favorite tortilla soup recipe (doesn't every cook have one?), or use <a href="http://elise.com/recipes/archives/002087tortilla_soup.php">this one</a> and substitute your turkey where it says &quot;chicken.&quot; As a bonus, you can also use your fresh turkey broth here, too (see, I told you it'd be useful).</p> <p>Instead of this just being me blathering on and on about what I like to eat, tell me what you do with your leftover turkey (or the rest of your leftover holiday spread, for that matter). After all, with Christmas just around the corner, it's not like we won't have ample time to try out all the recipes!</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-creative-simple-frugal-recipes-for-leftover-turkey" class="sharethis-link" title="5 Creative, Simple, and Frugal Recipes for Leftover Turkey" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Food and Drink Holidays leftover turkey Thanksgiving thanksgiving turkey Fri, 20 Nov 2009 14:00:02 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 3852 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Tasty Ideas for Leftover Turkey http://www.wisebread.com/10-tasty-ideas-for-leftover-turkey <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-tasty-ideas-for-leftover-turkey" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2054603471_e68ba6a1fe_m.jpg" alt="Turkey" title="Turkey" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="240" height="162" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&#39;s The Day of the Turkey (at least here in the US) and we all know there will be leftovers. Since I can only eat so many TLTs (Turkey, Lettuce, and Tomato sandwiches), I&#39;ve come up with some easy recipes and ideas so all that tasty bird doesn&#39;t go bad. If you want, leave me a comment with some other ideas for Thanksgiving leftovers. </p> <p><strong>1. Turkey Cranberry Rollup </strong> </p> <p>You can do this as a sandwich, too, but I prefer it in a tortilla. Spread some cranberry sauce, put some turkey on top of it, and roll. It has all the flavor of Thanksgiving with almost none of the work.</p> <p><strong>2. Turkey Chili</strong></p> <p>I love to throw together a chili. Anymore, I don&#39;t even use a recipe, just some broth (chicken or beef, depending on what flavor I&#39;m going for), some beans (usually kidney, but sometimes black, pinto, or even garbanzo), sometimes corn, some diced tomatoes in sauce, and tomato sauce if I want it thicker. I definitely add some onions and sometimes garlic, then salsa and chili powder, and then I put in whatever kind of meat I&#39;m using that day. It&#39;s as easy to put turkey in as anything else, and the bird doesn&#39;t do much to change the taste. </p> <p><strong>3. Turkey and Noodles</strong></p> <p>Cook up some egg noodles. For a sauce, heat up some creamy soup (cream of mushroom, cream of celery, etc..) and add some turkey and browned onions. Put the turkey topping over the noodles and serve. Most of the time, no one besides you will realize that the meat is even turkey!</p> <p><strong>4. Turkey Fajitas</strong></p> <p>Warm up the turkey and serve it instead of chicken or beef with grilled, sliced peppers and grilled onions. Add them all to a tortilla with toppings of your choice and eat.</p> <p><strong>5. Turkey Lentil Stew</strong></p> <p>Soak your lentils until they are soft. Cook them in water with some garlic, thyme, salt, and a bay leaf until the lentils have made something of a mushy mess. Add the turkey and make sure it&#39;s all heated through. </p> <p><strong>6. Turkey Stir Fry</strong></p> <p>It took me a little while to be willing to try this one as turkey is not a meat that comes to mind when I think of stir fry. Out of desperation for something new, I finally made an attempt, and it&#39;s actually good. Soak the already-cooked turkey in the stir-fry marinade or topping of your choice. Stir fry your vegetables (I usually use a frozen mixture). Add the turkey near the end, so it has a chance to heat up but not dry out. Eat over rice or Japanese noodles. </p> <p><strong>7. Turkey Stew</strong></p> <p>Mix chicken broth with chunks of carrot, onion, potato, celery and whatever vegetables mean &quot;stew&quot; to you. Add some parsley, thyme, a bay leaf or two, salt and pepper to taste, and maybe some oregano for something a little different. Bring the broth with the veggies to a boil and let it boil for about 10 minutes. Add the turkey and continue to boil it until the vegetables are soft. Serve with salad and/or sourdough bread for the Panera effect.</p> <p><strong>8. Turkey Burritos</strong></p> <p>Put in turkey with the refried beans, cheese, salsa, guacamole, and whatever else makes a burrito for you. Roll up the tortilla. Heat, eat, and enjoy!</p> <p><strong>9. Turkey Pad Thai</strong></p> <p>Ok, I have a confession here--I usually buy my pad thai from Trader Joes. I&#39;ll heat it up, add any extra meat or veggies that I want, use their sauce, and serve it...even to guests! When I have turkey around, that&#39;s the meat I add and it&#39;s pretty tasty. If you&#39;re worried about the turkey taste mixing poorly with the Thai spices, press some mashed up fresh garlic into the turkey several hours before you cook and let it sit in a bag or another closed container until you&#39;re ready to use it. The garlic should overpower the turkey taste so your pad thai will be yummy, like usual. </p> <p><strong>10. Freeze it </strong></p> <p>Amazingly enough, cooked turkey survives freezing fairly well. It comes out pretty dry, so I try to use it in soups or cassaroles when I use it later, but it&#39;s still tasty and good. The best part is that I can eat it at some future point when I&#39;m not totally sick of turkey.</p> <p><strong>The End Result? </strong></p> <p>Nothing goes to waste, and I don&#39;t feel like I&#39;m eating the same thing over and over just to get rid of the meat. Both the frug-a-holic and the variety-lover in me are satisfied. I hope it works for you! </p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tasty-ideas-for-leftover-turkey" class="sharethis-link" title="10 Tasty Ideas for Leftover Turkey" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Food and Drink leftover turkey leftovers turkey Thu, 22 Nov 2007 19:01:50 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1416 at http://www.wisebread.com