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What Do You Make With Your Turkey Day Leftovers?

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Hey everyone, I was just wondering,

what do you make with the leftovers from your Thanksgiving feast?

Here are some of my favorites, what's yours?


"Leftover Turkey" Noodle Soup


Bones and trimmings from 1 turkey (or 2 chickens)

6 cups water

3 chicken bouillon cubes or 3 tsp. bouillon granules

1-1/2 teaspoons salt

1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning or sage

1 bay leaf

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1/2 cup barley or rice, or 1 cup uncooked egg noodles

3 medium carrots, sliced

2 stalks celery, sliced

2 medium onions, sliced or chopped

2 tablespoons chopped parsley


In a large saucepan, combine first 6 ingredients.

Simmer ( covered ) 1-1/2 hours.

Remove bones; cut off meat and return meat to broth.

Add remaining ingredients, except parsley.

Simmer ( covered ) 30 minutes or until vegetables and barley are tender.

Garnish with the parsley.

Serves 6 to 8.


Tip: Other vegetables may be added or substituted,

such as: corn, zucchini, tomatoes, potatoes, peas or mushrooms.



Creamed Turkey & Rice Soup


This is my "favorite" home-cooked soup!!

I enjoy preparing this soup after Thanksgiving is over.


1 turkey carcass ( from a 14-lb. cooked turkey )

14 cups water

1 large onion, chopped fine

3 stalks celery, sliced thin

4 large carrots, chopped or sliced thin

1/2 cup uncooked long grain white rice

1 cup butter or margarine

1-1/2 cups flour

1 pint half-and-half cream

3 cups diced cooked turkey ( I always add 5 cups )

1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning

6 teaspoons instant chicken bouillon granules

salt & pepper to taste


In a large soup kettle or stockpot,

add turkey carcass and the 14 cups of water.

Bring water to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 1 hr. & 30 minutes.

Remove bones; reserve meat for soup.

Strain stock; set aside.


In a large saucepan, combine onions, celery, carrots,

rice and 1-quart ( 4 cups ) of the stock.

Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes; set aside.


In a large soup kettle, melt butter.

Blend in flour; heat until bubbly.

Add the half-and-half, and remaining 2 quarts (8 cups) of stock,

to the butter/flour mixture; cook and stir until bubbly.

Stir in the reserved vegetable mixture, turkey meat and seasonings.

Heat slowly to serving temperature.

Serves 12-14.


*Note: This soup freezes well.



This is one sandwich I just have to make, after Thanksgiving is over.

It's a "family favorite"!!


Turkey Salad Sandwiches


"Oh what a little mayo, honey mustard & dill can do,

to make one heck of a turkey sandwich!"


3/4 cup mayonnaise (I used Kraft's Light Mayonnaise)

1 tablespoon honey mustard

1/2 teaspoon dried, dill weed

1/8 teaspoon salt

2 cups cut-up turkey

1/2 to 1 tablespoon finely chopped onions


In a medium size bowl, add the mayo, mustard, dill and salt; mix well.

Add the turkey and onion; stir and mix well.

This is enough to make 2 and a half hearty sandwiches.


*Note: If you use bread purchased from Aldi's Grocery Store,

this will make 3 sandwiches ( instead of 2-1/2 sandwiches ).



Turkey Stroganoff


1/4 cup diced, green bell peppers

1/4 cup chopped, onion

2 tablespoons butter ot margarine

1 (10.75 oz.) can cream of mushroom soup

1/2 cup sour cream

1-1/2 cups cubed, turkey

1/2 teaspoon paprika

2 cups cooked, wide noodles

Add some canned mushrooms, optional


In a saucepan, cook the green peppers and onions in butter, until tender.

In a 1-1/2 quart casserole baking dish, blend soup and sour cream.

Stir in remaining ingredients.

Cover and bake for 35 minutes minutes, in a 350 degree oven, or until hot.

Remove from oven and stir.

Sprinkle on additional paprika before serving.



Turkey Curry


Cook 1/4 cup chopped onion,

in 1 tablespoon butter or margarine.

Add 1 (10.75 oz.) can cream of mushroom soup, and 1/4 cup milk;

heat and stir till smooth.

Stir in 1 cup sour cream, and 1/2 tsp. curry powder.

Add 1-1/2 cups cubed, cooked turkey; heat through, but do not boil.

Garnish with snipped parsley.

Serve over hot, cooked rice.

Serves 4.



Turkey or Chicken Hot Dish


4 c. diced, cooked turkey or chicken

4 c. cooked, wide noodles ( I only used about 2 cups )

1 (16 oz.) pkg. frozen broccoli, cauliflower and carrot mix, cooked & drained.

1 (10.75 oz.) can cheddar cheese soup

1 (10.75 oz.) can cream of chicken, celery or mushroom soup

1 soup can of milk

6 to 8 slices of Kraft cheese slices, cut in half



In a saucepan, heat the soups and milk together.

In a (greased) 13x9x2-inch baking pan, add the chicken or turkey,

the cooked noodles, and cooked vegetables; stir to coat evenly.

Top with the cheese slices.

Cover and bake 45 minutes, in a 350 degree oven.

Serves 6-8.



Turkey A La King


1/4 cup chopped onion

2 tablespoons chopped, green bell peppers

2 tablespoons butter or margarine

1 (10.75 oz.) can cream of chicken or mushroom soup

1/3 to 1/2 cup milk

1-1/2 cups cubed, cooked turkey, chicken, or ham

2 tablespoons diced, pimiento

Dash black pepper



Cook onion and green peppers in butter, until tender.

Blend in soup and milk.

Add turkey, ( or chicken, or ham ) pimiento, and pepper.

Heat slowly; stir often. Serve over toast.

Yield: About 2-1/2 cups.



What To Do With Leftover Canned Cranberries...


This is a delicious way to enjoy beef & pork together,

in a tangy cranberry or cranberry/raspberry sauce.

It's also a great way to use up those leftover canned

cranberries, after the holidays are over.


Cranberry Meatballs



1-3/4 lbs. ground beef

8 ounces ground pork sausage

1 medium onion, finely chopped

2 eggs, beaten

2-3 teaspoons garlic, minced or finely chopped

3-5 dashes salt & pepper

1 cup Italian style breadcrumbs



Cranberry Sauce:

1-(16 oz.) can jelled Ocean Spray Cran-Raspberry Sauce,

plus (8 ounces) jelled Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce


1-( 10-3/4 ounce ) can tomato soup 3/4 cup water


In a large bowl, mix all the meatball ingredients together.

Shape into 34 ( 1-1/2 inch meatballs ).

Place on a greased (15-1/4 x 10-1/4 x 3/4-inch) baking sheet.

Bake 20 minutes in a 350 degree oven.


In the meantime, add both cranberry sauces and canned

tomato soup in a Dutch Oven; mix together thoroughly.

( I mix mine with a potato masher ).

Add water; stir until all is combined.

When meatballs are done, add to the cranberry mixture.

Cook over low heat ( covered ) for 20-25 minutes.

Makes at least 7 servings.

We enjoy these with hot-cooked mashed potatoes.

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Turkey pot pie and turkey salad for sandwiches. Ham and turkey tetrazzini.

Your recipes look good ! Especially the Creamed Turkey & Rice Soup .

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Any leftover turkey here goes straight into turkey salad, my dh's favorite. So, then there's no turkey leftovers.


What I have fun doing is using the turkey carcass and drippings to make another meal. We usually make a soup, this time I added egg noodles and cheese...yum!



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Three cheese turkey quesadillas!

My Dad wrote and said he made turkey hash then had it with fried potato for breakfast.

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To canned whole cranberry relish -

Add a small can of drained mandarin oranges,

a half or whole stalk of celery diced fine,

a handful of chopped pecans.

Fold together gently so the oranges pieces

stay whole. Serve chilled.



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I also make a turkey version of shepherd's pie. Mashed potatoes, diced turkey, peas, carrots, celery diced and then turkey gravy.

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Hey DG! I made your turkey rice soup just now with a little variation cause I had already started cooking. It is delicious! My father and husband warned me yesterday not to serve any more turkey meals ha ha. My father had a bowl for lunch and loved it. Thank you!

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Hey DG! I made your turkey rice soup just now with a little variation cause I had already started cooking. It is delicious! My father and husband warned me yesterday not to serve any more turkey meals ha ha. My father had a bowl for lunch and loved it. Thank you!

Glad to see you liked the soup!! for let'n me know.

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You have leftover turkey??? Not around here. Leftover mashed potatoes maybe, but not turkey.

what do you doo with your mashes potatos? you could ad flour and egg, roll them into little balls, boil them, and VOILA! you have potato pasta! put some pesto sauce on them, or spaghetti sauce on them.

or you can mix just flour in them and roll them very thin like crepes, and fry them. my mom used to call them scones, but they are not like the scones we sell at work which are more like a pastry...so i dont know what to call them other than potato crepes? we put brown sugar and butter on them, rolled them up and ate them. i supposse you could roll up turkey loeftovers in them, pour gravy on top and eat them like a turkey/potato burrito. add brown rice to it maybe? mmmm....

my favorite turkey leftover meal is mixed brown and wild rice with the leftover turkey, gravy, veggies, and whole cranberry sauce all mixed together as a sort of one pot meal. i always add grated carrot for colour and my kids just love carrots. i have never met anyone who does not like carrots. if you have leftovers of this, you can put it into a can of chicken noodle soup and have it for lunch with some turkey sandwhiches, or grilled cheese, or make bisquits. i love inventing meals!!

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