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Thanksgiving Leftovers

Posted by on Nov. 23, 2012 at 9:42 PM
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 What do you do with them?  Reheat, make sandwiches,freeze for later, or re-purpose into another meal. Please share your recipes or methods.

by on Nov. 23, 2012 at 9:42 PM
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by Luci on Nov. 23, 2012 at 9:43 PM

 Here's one we like


Zesty Turkey and Rice or Chicken and Rice
1 can (14 1/2 oz.) chicken broth
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 can (14 1/2 oz) stewed tomatoes
3/4 cup uncooked regular long-grain white rice
1 cup frozen peas
2 cups cubed cooked turkey or chicken
In a saucepan, mix broth, garlic powder, and tomatoes. Over medium-high heat, heat to a boil. Stir in rice. Cover and cook over low heat 20 minutes. Stir in peas and turkey or chicken. Cover and cook 5 minutes more. Serves 4
Notes: You can also add some basil and a couple dashes of hot pepper sauce to jazz it up a bit, or add your favorite seasonings. You can use leftover turkey or chicken or use canned, or cook a couple chicken breasts first.

by Luci on Nov. 23, 2012 at 9:51 PM


Turkey White Bean Chili  

1/2 cup diced onions
1 tablespoon butter
2 15-ounce cans white northern beans
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 15-ounce cans chicken broth
1 1/2 cups turkey, cubed
1/2 cup grated Monterey jack or cheddar cheese

sour cream and salsa for garnish

Sauté the onions in the butter in a saucepan.  Add the beans (not drained), cumin, garlic, broth, and salsa.  Cook until it starts to simmer.  Add the turkey. 

Turn the heat to very low and add the grated cheese.  Stir until it melts and thickens the soup.

Serve hot garnished with a couple spoons full of salsa and topped with dollops of sour cream. 

by on Nov. 23, 2012 at 9:52 PM

We do tons of it.  Right now we only have turkey chunks so we are making sandwiches.  Growing up my mom would make a turkey rice soup with the leftover meat.

by on Nov. 23, 2012 at 9:57 PM


Was going to have them tonight-but decided on a couple Little Ceasar pizzas and parked down outside town hall to watch the new Christmas light show (new as in different lights and music than the past 2 years)

by Luci on Nov. 23, 2012 at 9:59 PM


Turkey  Rice Soup

1 lb. cooked turkey
2 onions, chopped
2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
1 carrot, chopped
2 Tablespoon butter
3 qt. water or chicken broth
4 Tablespoon chicken or turkey base or bouillon
2 teaspoon seasoning salt
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1 cup raw rice

In large soup pot, sauté onions, celery, and carrots in butter. When slightly soft, add chopped turkey. Cook 2-3 minutes. Add water, base, and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Add rice; return to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to a simmer. Cook 20 minutes or until rice is done.

This is great made with leftover roast turkey. In a large pot, cover the carcass with water. Add 2 couple ribs of celery, an onion, and a couple carrots. Gently simmer for about an hour, or until meat is falling off bones. Strain, reserving broth and any meat that can be removed from bones. Continue with recipe, using this broth and only 2 T. base or bouillon.

You can use raw turkey or chicken, just cook longer, until meat is done.

You can add any other veggies you like, corn, peas, green beans, potatoes. You can also use egg noodles or pasta. You can add a little cream or milk, add different seasonings, really just change it however you would like.

by on Nov. 23, 2012 at 10:00 PM
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by Ruby Member on Nov. 24, 2012 at 9:21 AM

I used the ham broth and meat to season green beans.
Serve leftover ham with eggs or on a sandwich.


by on Nov. 24, 2012 at 1:51 PM
I'm making a casserole tonight. We make a turkey breast so we don't have a ton left over, but enough for a casserole and some commercials.
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by on Nov. 24, 2012 at 2:37 PM

reheat or re-purpose. i just shredded up a bunch of leftover turkey for pot pie.

by on Nov. 24, 2012 at 2:38 PM

 Usually we eat a lot of sandwiches and then I use the leftovers to make turkey potpie.

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