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November 28, 2011

Five Ways to Get Rid of Leftover Turkey

By David Draper

Despite the fact that you’ve been eating turkey sandwiches every day since Friday, you still might have some Thanksgiving bird left in the fridge. If so, here are five ideas for using up those last few slices for dinner tonight. If you just can’t bear the thought of another day of turkey, throw what’s left in the freezer and make one of these recipes some time in the coming months.

1. Substitute Thanksgiving Day leftovers for the pheasant in this Chile Colorado recipe I shared back in September.

2. From The New York Times, a spicy take on turkey soup.

3. Feed it to the dogs, with this fun recipe for turkey and cranberry dog treats.

4. A classic turkey pot pie, like the one pictured here from Wild Chef reader Levi Banks.

5. Try this Turkey Tetrazzini recipe:

Ingredients:

2-3 cups chopped, cooked turkey
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
1 Tbsp., plus 1 cup milk or table cream
3-4 Tbsp. butter
1 onion, diced
1-2 cups sliced mushrooms
1 green pepper, diced
Worcestershire sauce
1 cup turkey broth 
1 lb. spaghetti, cooked al dente
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix the cornstarch with 1 tbsp. milk and set aside. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. When the butter foams, add the onion and sauté until translucent, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and peppers, stirring until softened. Add several dashes of Worcestershire.

Stir in 1 cup of milk and the turkey broth to skillet. Add the milk/cornstarch mix and simmer until thickened, as if making gravy.

Add the turkey and cooked spaghetti to 3-quart casserole or other ovenproof dish. Pour the sauce over turkey-spaghetti mixture, along with the cheddar cheese, stirring to coat. Add the Parmesan over the top of the casserole and bake for about 20 to 30 minutes, or until mixture is bubbling.

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from thequam wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

WOW, that pot pie looks absolutely amazing!

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from nuclear_fisher wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

Yeah I should have guessed that potpie was Levi's because it looks muy delicioso. You guys need to indoctrinate him into the wild chef blog, the three (culinary) amigos.

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from RangerDansDrink... wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

Three words: Seal -A- Meal

Add gravy and bread (or biscuits) and you have an open face turkey sandwich many months later. Some years I buy left over turkeys at the market after T-giving or Christmas and eat turkey all year long.

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from RangerDansDrink... wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

PS; This only works if you didn't shoot a deer and have a lot of freezer room.

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from thequam wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

WOW, that pot pie looks absolutely amazing!

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from nuclear_fisher wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

Yeah I should have guessed that potpie was Levi's because it looks muy delicioso. You guys need to indoctrinate him into the wild chef blog, the three (culinary) amigos.

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from RangerDansDrink... wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

Three words: Seal -A- Meal

Add gravy and bread (or biscuits) and you have an open face turkey sandwich many months later. Some years I buy left over turkeys at the market after T-giving or Christmas and eat turkey all year long.

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from RangerDansDrink... wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

PS; This only works if you didn't shoot a deer and have a lot of freezer room.

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