Once Thanksgiving is over, there is always that huge pile of turkey dinner leftovers that nobody seems to want to give a second or third chance at the dinner table. So, as the madness known as ‘Black Friday’ is in full swing and the radio stations have turned on the 24 hours of Christmas music marathon, you are online searching ‘ways to use leftover turkey’.
The best way to plan your leftover turkey dinner menu is to go ahead and pull out all the leftovers; it makes it easier to divide and conquer when you see the whole game plan. If the turkey pile is a mile high, take a portion of the meat and shred or dice it. Put the turkey into dinner size portions and put each portion into a freezer bag; this way you don’t have to toss as much out when the turkey has gobbled its last gobble. You can also freeze the gravy in ice cube trays then toss into a freezer bag of their own.
Tom Turkey’s famous tricks to disguise all those Thanksgiving leftovers
- The stuff and roll: Take a steamed flour tortilla and place Thanksgiving favorites in the middle. Grab and stuff some turkey, stuffing (or dressing), sweet potato or cranberry sauce (probably don’t want both), some green beans or other green veggie, and nice spoonful of gravy in the tortilla. Roll it like a burrito and enjoy!
- Turkey in a seashell: Boil and cool large seashell pasta. When cooled, stuff them with turkey, potatoes and dressing (or stuffing). Place them in a casserole dish and pour gravy all over. Pop it in the oven to heat it all up and serve with a green veggie and cranberry relish.
- Curry up that turkey: Chop up about four cups turkey (or chicken or pork). Mix up curry, garam masala powder, garlic powder, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Sauta 2 tsp olive oil, 1 large white onion, and 4 cloves of garlic, then add meat and spices. Next, you will add a can of chicken broth and a can of stewed tomatoes. Let that simmer for a bit. Before taking the pan off of the heat, add 1 can coconut milk; just to warm it. Serve with Jasmine Rice or with eggs for breakfast. (Thanks Levi!)
- Turkey on a waffle: Either make or toast a waffle. Pile on the turkey and stuffing and cover with hot gravy. For a smaller portion, English muffins work well. (Thanks Kathy!)
- Classic turkey: Who doesn’t love an open faced sandwich? Put a piece of bread on a plate and lay turkey on the bread. Cover with a healthy serving of hot gravy. This is a great comfort food meal for when the Black Friday shoppers come crawling in the door with their treasures.
- Tom turkey tosses the football: This is a great appetizer for the ballgame. On a cracker, place a piece of turkey, then dot it with cranberry sauce. (Thanks Holly!)
- Toss that turkey up: Think chicken salad, then take out the chicken and insert turkey. Voila! Great on a bagel, English muffin, toast, or bed of lettuce.
- BBQ turkey cupcakes: It’s not as gross as it sounds. Chop up about a pound (or a cup) of turkey and toss it in your pan on the stove. Add about a cup of your favorite bbq sauce and chopped onions. Sauté until heated through and onions are soft. Pop open a can of the big buttermilk biscuits and stretch each one out a bit. Put the raw biscuit dough into a regular size muffin tin, maneuvering the dough in a cup shape. Place a good amount of bbq meat mixture in each biscuit cup (usually a tablespoon, give or take). If desired, sprinkle with shredded cheese. Bake in 350* preheated oven until biscuits are golden brown, about 20 minutes.