What to do with Turkey Leftovers
Turkey can be an extremely inexpensive meat to serve the family and need not be reserved only for the holidays if you know what to do with the leftover meat after the initial meal. During the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays it is possible to purchase a whole turkey for half the cost of a pack of chicken. You can feed a family of four meals from the turkey four to five times more than you could with one pack of chicken. Thinking about how you will use the leftovers prior to roasting the turkey can be a great help in preparing meals rather than concentrate only on the initial meal and then try to find a way to use what is left.
Begin by roasting the turkey, breast side up, in a roasting pan with a rack which lifts the turkey off the bottom of the pan. A well basted turkey can be as juicy as one cooked breast side down and makes a better presentation at the table. Thaw the turkey three to five days in the refrigerator prior to roasting day. Rinse the turkey well and remove the packets from both cavities which hold the liver and neck. Place a stick of butter and one to two large peeled onions in the large cavity before trussing the turkey. Roast on 300 degrees Fahrenheit until the turkey has turned a golden brown. Begin basting the turkey from the drippings in the bottom of the pan at this point and baste every 30 minutes until the turkey is done. Cover the turkey with heavy duty aluminum foil to prevent further browning while the turkey finishes roasting. A fifteen pound turkey usually takes four to four and one half hours to roast in this manner.
When ready to serve the turkey during the initial meal, remove the roasted onions and refrigerate. These will go great on roasted turkey sandwiches. Refrigerate the drippings from the turkey to use in preparation of leftovers. There should be enough to do this as well as make turkey gravy for the initial meal. Bone and refrigerate the leftover meat as soon as possible after the initial meal.
Usually there are side dishes leftover as well as turkey. A good turkey casserole can be made the following day to give a different flavor to the meal and this allows you to use the leftover side dishes.
Shredded turkey to equal 3-4 chicken breast halves
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 1/2 cans hot water
1 box turkey flavor Stove Top Stuffing mix
1 3/4 cups broth from the turkey
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Shred the turkey and place in the bottom of a 9X9 casserole dish.
3. Combine 3/4 can of hot water to each can of cream of chicken soup and blend. It is much easier to do this with a blender or Magic Bullet than it is to do it by hand.
4. Pour the soup mixture over the shredded turkey.
5. Place leftover turkey drippings in a small sauce pan and add a little water to it. Heat thoroughly but do not bring to a boil.
6. Add the stuffing mix to a medium mixing bowl.
7. Pour 1 3/4 cup turkey broth from the sauce pan over the stuffing mix and mix well with a fork. Let stand three to four minutes until the stuffing mix has absorbed the broth.
8. Spoon the stuffing mix over the turkey and bake at 350 degrees F. for approximately 45 minutes.
Other uses for the leftover turkey include turkey fajitas, turkey pieces served on a salad, turkey pasta dishes, turkey chili, turkey soup, and turkey nachos. Shredded cheese can be added to a simple white sauce to form the base for a fantastic pasta dish. Just add diced turkey and frozen diced carrots and peas. Serve over your pasta of choice for a hearty budget stretcher.
There is no reason to dread roasting a turkey or the turkey leftovers. The meals you can prepare with the leftovers are limited only by your imagination.
What to do with Turkey Leftovers