SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Whether you’re making it yourself or having your grandma send you home with it, this Thanksgiving you’re sure to have plenty of leftover turkey.
Here are ten recipes you can try to make sure you get the most out of this year’s meaty celebrations.
- Leftover Turkey Stew
This “Eat Well” recipe will not only help you get through leftover turkey, but it will also help use up any veg you stored in the fridge. You don’t have to worry about the veggies you have around, just put them in the stew and heat them to perfection.
Best of all, this recipe only uses one pot. You can prepare this quickly to feed the family without stressing out with cleaning.
2. Turkey casserole
Looking for a classic recipe for breaking up turkey? Here’s one from “Delish” that’s sure to please.
This turkey casserole also uses leftover vegetables like the previous recipe and in the same way. You can go ahead and put these veggies in the pot when you mix the broth with the mushrooms and onions to add a little extra something to your recipe.
This recipe feeds six people and has a 15 minute prep time with about 20 minutes of cooking time. This means that this recipe can be quickly put together so you can carry on with your plans for the day, like wrapping any gifts you received on Black Friday.
3. Turkey tetrazzini
This unique recipe is from “Taste of Home” and includes a video tutorial that shows how easy it is to make something new with leftovers.
Using cubes of turkey and spaghetti noodles, this turkey tetrazzini has humble beginnings. As many reviewers have noted, this should probably be treated as a basic recipe that you personalize with more seasonings and additions. Several reviewers have suggested that adding more cheese would really make this recipe pop.
The tetrazzini takes about an hour in total, with 25 minutes of preparation time and a cooking time of up to 30 minutes. He feeds six people.
4. Dumpling Tin Dumplings
This “Typical Mom” recipe is truly something new. Like the previous recipe, it includes a video tutorial. Unlike the previous recipe, it only takes 20 minutes in total to prepare and cook.
This recipe uses a wrapper of canned croissants to create eight servings of delicious bread wrapped around turkey and cheese. All you need is a bowl and muffin pan to whip up that minimal clean-up meal.
5. “Carnitas” turkey
Traditionally, “carnitas” describes a Mexican dish of slowly cooked pulled pork. This “Serious Eats” recipe turns things upside down.
Instead of tender pulled pork, these carnitas are made with the dark meat of a turkey and are boiled for about an hour with an orange, onion, and bay leaf.
Although it takes a little longer to prepare, this 75-minute dish uses dark meat and turkey bones that are often overlooked in turkey recipes. It’s worth the wait for something that isn’t a turkey sandwich for dinner.
6. Turkey and Stuffing Enchiladas
This easy recipe was posted on “Ready Set Eat” and probably isn’t something you’ve thought of before. Enchiladas made with leftover turkey and stuffing will be a hit at your next family dinner. These enchiladas go way beyond the usual meal after Thanksgiving
With 14 minutes of preparation time, this recipe is a three-step process and takes approximately 45 minutes in total. It serves five people at two enchiladas each.
7. Turkey chili
Created by Natasha Bull at “Salt and Lavender”, this recipe is one of many turkey chili recipes that Bull has made. However, this is the first she made with leftover turkey.
For six, this is yet another quick recipe your family will enjoy with the chilly November weather on the way. You simply sauté the onions in a large pot, add the rest of the ingredients and wait. It only takes one pot and is ready in 35 minutes.
8. Turkey Fried Rice
At “Ahead of Thyme”, the main goal is to help busy people prepare quality food that they can enjoy. Using a single skillet (plus a pot or cooker for the rice), this recipe does just that.
While you’re making it, you can add all the proper veggies to fried rice that you haven’t been able to eat since Thanksgiving.
This recipe serves about four to six people and takes about fifteen minutes to make. This is perfect for anyone in a hurry who is always trying to eat a well-balanced diet.
9. Shepherd’s pie with turkey
This Lisa Hatfield recipe at “Delicious Table” was inspired by her father and is unlike anything you’ve ever made before. It’s a shepherd’s pie but only uses traditional Thanksgiving leftovers.
In his blog, Hatfield admits that at first the recipe 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.
Using all the preparations from a classic Thanksgiving meal, Hatfield layers foods and cooks them for 45 minutes or until the mashed potatoes are golden brown.
The recipe makes a total of 10 servings and takes about an hour to make from start to finish.
10. Turkey pot pie
This Brian Neil Turkey Pie with “All Recipes” serves 12 people and takes an hour and a half to cook. It’s your traditional meat pie with a slight twist – light and dark turkey meat instead of chicken.
While this recipe takes a lot longer than any other recipe on this list, it is a classic dish that’s hard to spoil. This five star recipe will be a great meal for the family.
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