You know it’s coming. The Turkey Coma is just around the corner! Crispy deliciousness, whether roasted or deep fried, it’s enough to make one giddy with glee at the thought of eating it for days after.
But once the dishes are cleaned and the last bit of pumpkin pie eaten, the question arises: what DO we do with all the turkey leftovers? And while a turkey sandwich or some soup is certainly a good way to use up the remaining bird, there are some more creative, yet simple ideas.
Pesto Sauteed Veggies and Turkey Sandwiches
This is a bit of a switch up on the “traditional” turkey sandwich.
In a frying pan, saute chopped veggies until soft. Add turkey to warm it up.
Mix pesto with mayo and spread on crusty bread (we love to use ciabatta buns from Costco). Top with veggies, turkey and some chopped feta. Broil until the cheese bubbles (but watch closely!).
Just like you would make chicken stock, turkey stock is a super healthy way to use up some of your turkey leftovers – including the bones! Just follow these instructions from Kitchen Stewardship and substitute your turkey bones and meat.
Turkey Pot Pie
After making stock, use some of the remaining meat to make a turkey pot pie. Simply convert your favourite recipe and, you guessed it, substitute turkey for the chicken.
Curried Cranberry Walnut Turkey Salad
For a refreshing change, turn your leftover turkey into a light salad. Chop up 4 cups of turkey into pieces, add 1 chopped celery rib, 1 cup of cranberries, 1 cup of toasted and chopped walnuts, 1/2 – 3/4 cup mayo, salt, pepper and curry (to taste). Mix together and serve.
Turkey Pizza or Pizza Pockets
Using your favourite pizza dough recipe, spread with a light barbecue sauce, sliced turkey, onions and green pepper. Top with a blend of cheeses (mozzarella and cheddar) and bake.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!