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
- 1 cup frozen peas and green beans
I found the most delicious stock to use, called Better Than Bouillon. However I have since found out that it is prepared in an environment where it isn’t gluten free. You mix 1 teaspoon with 1 cup of boiling water. You need to try it yourself and see if it fits your gluten free conditions.
You can of course boil the turkey bones for the broth if you want to.
*** Hint: Waste not want not.
I frequently save the liquid from cooking veggies and potatoes to use as stock for my soups. I also poach chicken in water and save the liquid to use as a base for my chicken soups.
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 my own white sauce. 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.
More of my recipes.