We’re Talking Turkey

November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving leftovers are as much a part of the holiday tradition as the feast itself. But there's no need to repeat the exact same meal. Here are 10 great recipes.

1. Turkey Cranberry Rollup - Spread some cranberry sauce, put some turkey on top of it, and roll. It has all the flavor of Thanksgiving with almost none of the work.

2. Turkey Chili - Use some broth (chicken or beef), some beans (usually kidney, but sometimes black, pinto, or garbanzo), sometimes corn, some diced tomatoes in sauce, and tomato sauce if you want it thicker. Add some onions and sometimes garlic, salsa, chili powder, and then put the turkey in.

3. Turkey and Noodles - Cook up some egg noodles. For a sauce, heat up some creamy soup (such as cream of mushroom or celery) and add some turkey and browned onions. Put the turkey topping over the noodles and serve.

4. Turkey Fajitas - Warm up the turkey and serve it instead of chicken or beef with grilled, sliced peppers and grilled onions. Add ingredients to a tortilla with toppings of your choice.

5. Turkey Lentil Stew - Soak your lentils until they are soft. Cook them in water with some garlic, thyme, salt, and a bay leaf until the lentils have made something of a mushy mess. Add the turkey and make sure it's all heated through.

6. Turkey Stir Fry - Soak the already-cooked turkey in the stir-fry marinade or topping of your choice. Stir fry your vegetables. Add the turkey near the end, so it has a chance to heat up but not dry out. Eat over rice or Japanese noodles.

7. Turkey Stew- Mix chicken broth with chunks of carrot, onion, potato, celery and whatever vegetables mean "stew" to you. Add some parsley, thyme, a bay leaf or two, salt and pepper to taste and maybe some oregano for something a little different. Bring the broth with the veggies to a boil and let it boil for about 10 minutes. Add the turkey and continue to boil it until the vegetables are soft. Serve with salad and/or sourdough bread for the Panera effect.

8. Turkey Burritos - Put in turkey with the refried beans, cheese, salsa, guacamole, and whatever else makes a burrito for you. Roll up the tortilla. Heat, eat, and enjoy!

9. Turkey Pad Thai - Buy frozen pad Thai ? Trader Joe's has a good one. Heat it up, add turkey and any veggies use their sauce, and serve it. If you're worried about the turkey taste mixing poorly with the Thai spices, press some mashed up fresh garlic into the turkey several hours before you cook and let it sit in a bag or another closed container until you're ready to use it. The garlic should overpower the turkey taste so your pad Thai will be yummy, like usual.

10. Freeze it - Amazingly enough, cooked turkey survives freezing fairly well. It comes out pretty dry, so try to use it in soups or casseroles. The best part is that you can eat it at some future point when you're not totally sick of turkey.

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