This is my first year to experience this, but how many of you have waved goodbye to your Thanksgiving guests and then turned around to 10 pounds (give or take a few pounds) of leftover turkey?
For those who have lunch on Thanksgiving, leftovers for dinner are awesome. Leftovers for lunch on Friday is convenient. Leftover turkey and gravy after that is tiring. You either stick it out and eat it anyway or you’re tempted to throw it away.
Whatever you do, don’t throw it away! In my family I am always finding ways to save things or avoid wasting things (kind of like the indians, but not really)…especially when it comes to food. Food is not cheap and it is something you always need. In order to avoid spending massive amounts of money on your food bill then you have to be creative.
Here are a few ways you can use that leftover turkey without feeling like you’ll never want turkey again:
- Turkey sandwiches — This is one that most people resort to for that first day or two afterward, but it is still a yummy and logical choice.
- Turkey enchiladas — Here’s a not-so-common use for leftover turkey and it’s not something I would have thought of. When my in-laws cook turkey for Thanksgiving they always make these. I don’t care for enchiladas really, but everyone else loves them and apparently it is one of the most anticipated meals of the year. They’re cooked the same as chicken enchiladas apparently, just add turkey.
- Turkey tetrazzini — I love chicken tetrazzini and so does the rest of my family. So with us actually having leftovers this year because I cooked, I decided that turkey tetrazzini was the way to go. I thought I’d already posted my chicken tetrazzini recipe on here, but apparently I haven’t so I’ll do that soon. Thankfully, google can help you for now if you decide this is the way to go.
- Turkey taquitos or tacos — Despite the fact that I made turkey tetrazzini, I still have leftover turkey. So tomorrow I will probably make taquitos using my leftover turkey. Basically turkey, taco seasoning and cheese wrapped in a tortilla that is baked and then dipped into refried beans and cheese dip and of course hot sauce. I’ve learned the neat thing about mexican food is if you put a bunch of taco seasoning and refried beans on it, it pretty much tastes like mexican. Just recently I had three bean burritos and have even started using beans in my taco meat (on top of the refried beans…we’re a bean eating family). The turkey won’t taste much different than the chicken once it’s all spiced up and smothered with beans, cheese and hot sauce.
There are more I’m sure, but as you can see the common theme here is that pretty much anything you could put you’re baked/boiled chicken in, you can use your leftover turkey for. Make mexican chicken…but with turkey. Basically, be creative. Don’t just get tired of seeing the bag of leftover turkey and toss all that meat in the trash.
Since I made tetrazzini today I’ll have leftovers for lunch tomorrow and the next day and maybe more. I’ll also have dinner tomorrow night with my turkey tacos and probably eat on that for a few days. Pretty much, I’ll have almost a weeks worth of diverse lunches and dinners just from the leftover turkey. That saved me from buying a ton of groceries on Friday!
What are you going to do with your turkey leftovers?
- Fabulous Thanksgiving Leftover Recipe-Turkey Tetrazzini (kristyseibert.com)
- Sunday Funnies: Leftover Turkey (lezgetreal.com)
- Roasted Turkey Enchilada Bake (kraftrecipes.com)
- Thanksgiving Leftovers (foodujmu.wordpress.com)
- Tacos with leftover turkey and cabbage (theback40.org)
- How to Use Your Thanksgiving Leftovers (cobornsdeliversblog.com)
- A healthier use of Thanksgiving leftovers (denverpost.com)