What do you do with leftover turkey after the holidays are over? Maybe you have more leftovers this year after not having big family/friends gatherings.
Here are a couple of my favourite leftover recipes.
First is turkey soup.
- cooked turkey cut into small pieces
- cubed 6 medium potatoes
- 3 stalks of celery
- 2 carrots, diced
- 1/2 sweet onion, diced
- 8 cups of water
- chicken stock cubes
- 1 cup frozen peas and green beans
- 1/4 cup pot barley
I found the most delicious stock to use, called Better Than Bouillon. You mix 1 teaspoon with 1 cup of boiling water. I’ll never go back to using stock cubes again, and this comes in chicken, veggie and beef flavours.
You can of course boil the turkey bones for the broth if you want to. When it is nearly finished cooking I add in some chicken Bisto gravy for a bit of added flavour
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.
I love having meals in the freezer and the next is yummy turkey and potato recipe.
- chopped turkey
- 1 cup frozen peas and beans
- mashed potatoes
- turkey gravy
Divide the turkey and veggies mixture between 4 foil dishes from the dollar store, pour a couple of tablespoons for gravy over mixture. Top with mashed potatoes. Add the lid and print details on it and pop into the freezer to enjoy later in the winter.
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. Yummy!
Turkey casserole is made with leftovers from the fridge, including mushrooms, potatoes, tomatoes, green beans and a can of cream of chicken soup. Mix it all together and pop into the oven. It is just a case of cooking for 20 minutes or so till the soup mixes in with everything else and it is nice and hot as all ingredients were previously cooked.
I also pop portions of cooked turkey and stuffing into freezer bags and it is delicious to take out a couple of months later and enjoy a turkey dinner without all the cooking.
I hope everyone had an enjoyable, if not different scenario for Christmas this year. We are making plans for a family gathering and a big turkey dinner after this most recent lockdown in Ontario is over. But it really isn’t about the turkey, it is about being together,
I’m sure we are all glad to see the end of 2020 and the challenges it has bought the world. Hope and optimistic are very good words for the year ahead, as we all need to find positive things to keep us moving forward.
Soup is always in season, find a delicious recipe that just might become your new favourite.
FYI – this post is an amalgamation of some older posts and it has been updated with new photos and new info.