The turkey you smoked or fried was a huge hit, but everyone was too stuffed to finish their second plate. What are you going to do with all that leftover food?
The options are endless! Enjoy your Thanksgiving feast days after the big event with a few of our favorite leftover ideas.
This is a great way to get rid of the leftovers and serve a lot of people. Take your favorite casserole recipe (yup, just about any casserole recipe will do), and substitute the suggested meat for your leftover bird.
Shredding your leftover turkey and add it to a cheesy omelet the morning after Thanksgiving. Add tomatoes and spinach to jump-start your post-Thanksgiving healthy diet.
Save the carcass for a delicious turkey soup. You can freeze it in a freezer bag for later use if you’re not in the mood for soup right away. Boil the leftover carcass in half a pot of water for about one hour, or until the meat has fallen off. Then pull the main carcass out and, with a skimmer or slotted spoon, take out the rest of the inedible pieces. Add a cup of chicken stock, your desired vegetables, and any leftover turkey meat to the broth for extra flavor. Cook until the veggies are tender. Add your favorite noodles and continue to head until noodles are al dente and ready to serve.
Mix together about 4 cups of finely chopped leftover turkey meat, with 2 eggs, 1 cup of bread crumbs, 1 can cream of mushroom soup, and a sprinkle of chopped green onions. Season with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Place in a greased loaf pan, and paint the top with Kelly B’s Sweet N Spicy Sauce. Bake it at 375-degrees for 30-40 minutes, and voila! A delicious meatloaf is made.
Don’t forget the toast!
Johnny Carson once said, “Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And, then discover once a year is way too often.” To this year’s feast and everyone gathered at this table. Cheers!