It seems that every year, despite a lengthy Thanksgiving feast, there is always ample amounts of leftover turkey. Some would even argue that’s the best part of the holiday – and we don’t disagree! From the classic “Gooey Gobbler” to midnight munching at the fridge, there are endless ways to put your leftover turkey to good use. Here are a few of our favorites:
Making a big batch of chili is one of the easiest ways to use your leftover turkey this Thanksgiving, not to mention a healthy alternative to beef! Most chili begins with a base of crushed tomatoes, protein, and plenty of beans. Make sure you strip, pull or grind the leftover turkey in order to maintain true chili consistency.
Next come the vegetables. Our favorites to include are chickpeas and red, yellow or orange peppers. After all the ingredients have been added, it’s time for the spices! Essentials include chili powder, salt and pepper, but add whatever blend of spices you’d like. Just make sure to taste often throughout the cooking process to ensure an even balance of flavors.
Simply simmer for a few hours and your from-scratch turkey chili will be ready to go! The longer you simmer, the better it will taste. Good luck holding off for too long!
Turkey Pot Pie
Is there a dish that defines “comfort food” better than Pot Pie? Talk about a perfect day-after-Thanksgiving treat! All you’ll need for this recipe is some frozen veggies, unbaked piecrust, broth, seasoning, and of course, cooked turkey.
The first step is to cook and drain the veggies (we like onions, peas and carrots – the classics!). Then, with melted butter; stir in flour, salt, pepper, spices, broth and some milk. Once the mixture thickens, remove from heat, stir in the veggies and turkey meat and place into piecrusts. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and cook for 30-35 minutes, making sure the crust isn’t getting too brown. Voila!
Turkey Gobbler Sandwich
You bet. We saved the best for last! Post-Thanksgiving recovery would not be the same without this classic sandwich that usually contains a combination of turkey meat, mayo and cranberry sauce.
If you haven’t experienced this magical mix of flavors you are seriously missing out! Give a gobbler a whirl this Thanksgiving.