SAVANNAH, Georgia (WSAV) – Whether you do it yourself or your grandmother sends you home with it, you’re sure to have plenty of leftover turkey this Thanksgiving. Here are ten recipes you can try to get the most out of the meat of this year’s celebrations.
- Leftover turkey stew
This recipe from Eating Well not only helps digest the leftover turkey, it also helps to use the vegetables that you have stashed in the refrigerator. No need to worry about which vegetables you have right now, just add them to the stew and heat them to perfection.
Even better, this recipe only uses one saucepan. You can quickly slam this up to support the family without the stress of cleaning up.
2. Turkey casserole
Looking for a Classic Turkey Busting Recipe? Here’s one from Delish that is sure to please.
This turkey casserole also uses vegetable scraps as in the previous recipe and in a similar way. You can add these vegetables to the casserole when you combine the broth with the mushrooms and onions to add a little extra to your recipe.
This recipe feeds six people and has a preparation time of 15 minutes with around 20 minutes of baking time. This means this recipe can be quickly put together so you can start implementing your plans for the day – like all the gifts you got on Black Friday.
3. Turkey tetrazzini
This unique recipe comes from Taste of Home and includes a video tutorial that shows how easy it is to make something new from leftovers.
Made from diced turkey and spaghetti noodles, this turkey tetrazzini has humble beginnings. As many reviewers noted, this should probably be treated like a basic recipe that you customize with more condiments and supplements. Several reviewers suggested that adding more cheese would really make this recipe pop.
The preparation of the tetrazzini takes about an hour in total, with 25 minutes preparation time and a baking time of up to 30 minutes. It feeds six people.
4. Turkey Muffin Tin Dumplings
This recipe from “The Typical Mom” is really something new. Like the previous recipe, it includes a video tutorial. In contrast to the previous recipe, it only takes 20 minutes to prepare and bake.
This recipe uses a packet of canned sickle buns to make eight servings of a delicious bread wrapped around turkey and cheese. All you need is a bowl and muffin pan to prepare this minimal cleaning meal.
5. Turkey “Carnitas”
“Carnitas” traditionally describes a slowly cooked Mexican pulled pork dish. This recipe from Serious Eats turns that on its head.
Instead of tender pulled pork, these carnitas are made from dark turkey meat and cooked with an orange, onion and bay leaf for about an hour.
While it takes a little longer to cook, this 75-minute dish consumes the turkey’s dark meat and bones that are often forgotten in turkey recipes. Well worth eating that isn’t a turkey sandwich for dinner.
6. Turkey and stuffing enchiladas
This simple recipe was posted under Ready Set Eat and is probably not something you thought of before. Enchiladas with leftover turkey and filling will be a hit at your next family dinner. These enchiladas go way beyond the usual meal after Thanksgiving
With 14 minutes to prepare, this recipe is a three-step process and takes around 45 minutes in total. It serves five people with two enchiladas each.
7. Turkey chili
This recipe was created by Natasha Bull at Salt and Lavender and is one of many turkey chilli recipes that Bull has made. However, this is the first one she made from leftover turkey.
For six, this is another quick recipe that your family will enjoy in the chilly November weather. You just fry the onions in a large saucepan, add the remaining ingredients and wait. It only takes one pot and is ready in 35 minutes.
8. Fried rice from Turkey
The main goal of Ahead of Thyme is to help busy people prepare high quality food that they can enjoy. With just a single pan (plus a saucepan or cooker for the rice), this recipe does just that.
While you’re making it, you can add any fried rice vegetables that you haven’t been able to eat since Thanksgiving.
This recipe serves about four to six people and takes about fifteen minutes. It’s perfect for anyone in a hurry and still trying to get a balanced diet.
9. Turkey Shepherd’s Pie
Lisa Hatfield’s Delicious Table recipe was inspired by her father and is like nothing you’ve ever made before. It’s a shepherd’s cake, but only traditional Thanksgiving leftovers are used.
Hatfield admits on her blog that the recipe initially seemed like a strange idea. But then she changed her mind and decided to give it a try. Now the recipe is an annual tradition for her and her family.
With all the ingredients of a classic Thanksgiving meal, Hatfield layers the food on top of each other and bakes it for 45 minutes, or until the mashed potatoes are golden brown.
The recipe makes a total of 10 servings and takes about an hour from start to finish.
10. Turkey pot cake
Brian Neil’s “All Recipes” turkey pot pie serves 12 people and lasts an hour and a half. It’s your traditional pot pie with a twist – light and dark turkey instead of chicken.
While this recipe takes a lot more time than any other recipe on this list, it’s a classic dish that is hard to screw up. This five-star recipe makes great family meal.
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