Last week we had the absolute best time having a friends turkey dinner. The idea of roasting a turkey mid-week seemed a bit bonkers, but it was great because we all went home with a tonne of leftovers! YEAY! The best part of having a turkey is the leftovers and incorporating them into your everyday meals is surprisingly easy. With there being 5 of us at Alberta Mama’s we thought it would be a fun idea to each take our leftovers and use them to create a “typical leftover meal,” something that would typically get made in our homes. It’s actually quite telling of each family’s personality.
Turkey Leftover Idea: Bone Broth.
Using up the leftover turkey meat is a no-brainer, but the bones are useful too! Deanne took the bones from our turkey and turned them into a stock (or bone broth) that she can use for soups, gravy or for drinking straight up.
For the turkey bone broth you will need:
- Your leftover turkey bones
- Carrots, onions, celery or any other root vegetable you have on hand
- Herbs (for this one we used leftover rosemary and thyme from our dinner the night before)
- Spices to taste (we used cumin, star anise, salt, and pepper but use what you have in the pantry)
For the instructions to make bone broth, check out the post Deanne wrote here: Making Bone Broth
Turkey Leftover Idea: Turkey, Egg & Squash Bites
These little bites are perfect for a quick healthy snack or for popping in your lunch bag using your leftover turkey. The best part of this recipe is that it might not use up all your turkey, so you not only have a quick and easy healthy snack but also, more turkey for your other leftover meals.
- 1 medium spaghetti squash
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup egg whites
- salt & pepper
- Other spices to taste – I used onion powder for example, but you can use real onions too!
- 1/2 cup shredded cheese – your choice what kind
- 1-1 1/2 cups of chopped turkey
- 2 cups egg whites
Instructions on making this recipe click here ➢ Turkey, Egg & Squash Bites
Turkey Leftover Idea: Festive Poutine
Classic Canadian comfort food meets turkey leftovers.
- Fries- homemade if you have time, but I just used a frozen oven baked variety from M&M Meats!
- Bacon- cooked and crumbled
- Cheese Curds
- Green Onions- washed and sliced
- Leftover Cranberry Sauce
- Leftover Gravy
- Leftover Turkey- cut into smaller pieces
For instructions on how Kimberly made her turkey poutine, check it out here ➢ Turkey Poutine
Turkey Leftover Idea: Turkey Curry
This isn’t a typical “curry” per se, and there are a million curry recipes out there that are authentic and 1,000 times better, but this is my families quick and dirty yet delicious recipe for a
- Leftover turkey
- 1 can of tomato sauce
- 1 tablespoon (or more to taste) of Pataks Curry paste (I used the madras).
- 1/2 cup of cream
- 1/2 cup of chicken broth
Dump the sauce and turkey into a pot and heat up. Mix in one tablespoon of the curry paste and stir. Add in the stock to thin the sauce and the cream to add some extra flavour. Serve over rice or fries.
Turkey Leftover Idea: Turkey Cranberry Swiss Slides on a Ciabatta Bun
This leftover recipe is sure to be one of your favorites! All you need are 4 basic ingredients (2 of which you most likely still have) and an oven! Turkey leftover win!
- Cranberry Sauce
- Swiss Cheese
- Ciabatta Bun
Find the easy and delicious recipe here ➢ Turkey Cranberry Swiss Slider
It’s easy to substitute turkey into your everyday recipes. Change up your Taco Tuesday meat with turkey, or your chicken pot pie is now a turkey pot pie. Turkey is great too because it’s a lean meat. To learn more about Turkey as a healthy protein, check out the Alberta Turkey website for turkey nutritional information.
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