Yummy Leftover Turkey

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Thanksgiving in Canada has come and gone.  It was a fantastic time to get together with family and enjoy love, laughter and a lovely meal.
What do you do with leftover turkey?   Here are a couple of my favourite leftover recipes.
First is turkey soup.
homemade turkey soup at craftygardener.ca
There was plenty of cooked turkey that was cut into small pieces. I cubed 6 medium potatoes, sliced a couple of stalks of celery and diced up some carrots and sweet onions.  I added some frozen peas and green beans and some pot barley.  All of this went into about 8 cups of water and a couple of veggie stock cubes and was cooked in a large pot till the veggies were soft.  You can of course use chicken stock or home made turkey stock.  Many folks boil the turkey bones for the broth but that just adds an extra step and I’m all for simplicity.  When it is nearly finished cooking I add in some chicken Bisto gravy for a bit of added flavour.
homemade turkey soup at craftygardener.ca

Individual portions of the soup are put into freezer bags and stored in the upright freezer for enjoying later.  There is nothing like a bowl of homemade soup on a chilly day.

You can add whatever veggies you prefer.  Rice can be substituted for the potatoes.  The potatoes and pot barley will make it a thicker soup.

The next is yummy turkey and potato recipe.

turkey & potato pie for the freezer at craftygardener.ca

Cut up the turkey and mix with frozen veggies.  This time I used peans and beans but you could use whatever you have on hand.  Make the mashed potatoes.  I divide the turkey and veggies mixture between 4 foil dishes from the dollar store, and top with mashed potatoes.  I do mix up some gravy and pour a couple of tablespoons over the turkey mixture before adding the mashed potatoes.  Seal on the lid and add details and pop into the freezer to enjoy later in the winter.

turkey & potatoes for the freezer at craftygardener.ca

When you are ready to cook one, remove the lid and place in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes or till the top of the mashed potatoes browns off.
Slide out onto your plate and enjoy.


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16 Responses

  1. Kea

    I got around the turkey leftovers by not cooking one. 😀

    I used to do a turkey, but gees, even small ones are too big and I’m actually not that fond of turkey anyway, though I do like chicken. When I was growing up, Mom would make hot turkey sandwiches with the leftovers — her freshly baked bread, homemade gravy, mayo, turkey, garden peas that we blanched, and even home fries. Now THAT was yummy!

    • Linda aka Crafty Gardener

      I only cook a big one as I share it with family. I do freeze lots so we can have turkey dinner throughout the winter. We had turkey and home fires to finish it up last night. Have a great weekend.

  2. Plowing Through Life (Martha)

    These are all delicious! I always make a big batch of soup with leftover turkey. It is wonderful for those cold days. I also put together a turkey pot pie, which is easy to prepare.

    I never thought to use foil dishes that I can just pop into the oven at a later date. What a wonderful idea!

    • Linda aka Crafty Gardener

      I love some of the cooking things from the dollar stores, makes cooking and storage quick and easy without spending lots of money. I do freeze my soup in freezer bags as they lay flat and don’t take up as much room and are so quick to defrost. Hope you are having a good weekend. It’s potato and leek soup cooking in the pot this weekend,.

    • Linda aka Crafty Gardener

      I use a mosaic program to make my photos Judee, that way I can add a few photos to one image and it doesn’t take up as much room on the website. Have a great weekend. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Linda

    Great idea’s to use up turkey, it’s great to have home made meals to hand when you don’t feel like cooking. Have a great weekend. 🙂 x

  4. Margy

    Since there are only two of us we decided to go out to Thanksgiving dinner at the hotel. It was a very nice meal but I do miss all the good leftovers. – Margy

  5. Laurie C

    Leftovers are the best part of Thanksgiving! Great idea to freeze meals that you make from the leftovers, because one does get tired of turkey after 2 or 3 days straight of eating it!

  6. Deb in Hawaii

    Leftovers are always the best part of a holiday meal and you put your’s to delicious use. 😉 Thanks for sharing your soup with Souper Sundays this week.

  7. Debbie

    these are both great ideas but i for sure would make the soup. that is what i use to do when i hosted thanksgiving!! your soup looks great – lot’s of good veggies. i am not a huge fan of any vegetable cooked, i eat a lot of vegetables but always raw with a little dipping sauce!!!

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