Are you tired of turkey yet? Sometimes I freeze big portions of turkey to use later, and most years I’ll boil the bones for soup, or turkey and dumplings. I thought today would be a great day to show you some recipes to make the leftovers taste like a fresh meal with different flavors. Starting off, this recipe uses a lot of little bits left over, with your leftover cranberry sauce and some barbeque sauce, you have a totally new meal. I used toast only because I didn’t have any sesame seed buns, but they are great with any kind of bread – Sloppy Toms with Cranberry Barbeque Sauce
Leftover Chicken or Turkey Mornay – a lighter version than I have had in the past, scrumptious with the topping of mornay sauce and lots of cheese. It’s a great meal to use your individual au gratin dishes, but if you don’t have these, it works fine in a larger baking dish.
And I have more ideas for using leftovers in individual au gratin dishes in my post on Creative Leftovers. Using leftover pasta, you could add some turkey to this dish for an Italian Turkey with Penne.
Turkey Casserole for a Crowd – this recipe starts with a raw breast, but just substitute leftover turkey and feed a house full of company!
For more ideas, including a new recipe for a Turkey, Spinach and Rice casserole, see my post Leftover Turkey – A Cornucopia of Ideas. It also has links to some of my leftover pork recipes which would do very well with leftover turkey, like Enchiladas and Pot Stickers. Of course, turkey soup with noodles is a leftover tradition.
Substitute turkey for the pork in my Leftover Nachos.
One last idea, surfing the internet on Thanksgiving day, I came across this crazy idea in more than one place, so I tried it. You’ll need your leftover dressing and a waffle maker. No, I am not kidding. I was amazed at how well this worked.
The crunchy part of the dressing is the best part, and this will give you a lot of crunch. Spoon the dressing onto the waffle maker not too thickly, press the lid down and bake for about 5 minutes. If it needs a bit more, just press the lid down again and go another minute or two, depending on how moist the dressing is to start. It is a bit tricky to get it out in one piece, but trust me it won’t matter if you don’t.
Add turkey and some gravy, and you have a fresh tasting leftover turkey and dressing meal. After all, it is the best meal of the week, so have it one more time.
Those are a few of my ideas for using up the leftovers. I hope you had a wonderful weekend! What’s your favorite go-to meal using leftover turkey?