Fall’s crisp air and the changing of leaves finally upon us can only mean one thing: the holidays are just around the corner. And although we all love a good family get-together around a table of our favourite food, figuring out what to do with a plethora of leftover turkey is a question for many of us.
Here are some of the best recipes for your leftover turkey!
Turkey Barley Soup
2 celery stalks
2 potatoes, washed, peeled, and chopped
1 clove of garlic, chopped or minced
1 cup of left over pulled turkey
1 sprig rosemary, chopped
½ cup of barley, cooked
Leftover turkey bones for stock
1. Take your leftover turkey bones and place them in a pot, cover with cold water. Simmer until the broth is lightly flavoured by the bones, approx. 1 ½ hours.
2. Strain the broth and reserve for later. Discard the bones.
3. Chop onions, carrots and celery and sweat in a soup pot until translucent. Add the chopped garlic and cook for another 2 min.
4. Add the broth, pulled turkey and potatoes, simmer for 20 min or until potatoes are cooked.
5. Add cooked barley and chopped rosemary, season to taste and serve hot.
¼ cup cream
1 sprig thyme, chopped
1 sprig rosemary, chopped
1 onion, chopped
½ each red and green bell pepper
½ cup leftover potatoes
¼ cup of your favourite grated cheese
1. Preheat broiler.
2. Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Add onion and bell pepper and cook for 3 minutes. Stir in potatoes and cook until golden brown. Add cooked leftover meat and toss to coat.
3. In a mixing bowl beat together the eggs and cream and season with salt and pepper. Pour egg mixture into skillet and stir in chopped herbs. Top with grated cheese and brown under broiler for about 2 to 3 minutes until the frittata puffs.
4. Serve hot.
*You can substitute the turkey with leftover ham
Sweet Potato Turkey Shepherd’s Pie
2 stalks of celery
2 cups of leftover diced turkey
1 ½ cups mashed sweet potato
½ cup crumbled stuffing
1. Dice onion, celery, and carrots and place in a frying pan with a tablespoon of butter. Sweat the vegetables until translucent
2. Transfer the vegetables to Pyrex (glass) baking dish and mix with turkey.
3. Top with leftover mashed sweet potato.
4. Crumble leftover stuffing on top of sweet potato.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 45min until warmed through.
*Leave out the turkey for a vegetarian option
Turkey Grilled Cheese
1. Get a pan ready on medium low heat.
2. Layer cranberry sauce, turkey, and brie on your bread. Butter both sides of your bread and toast in the pan until cheese is melted and everything is warmed through.
Tip: if you made your stuffing in a loaf for Thanksgiving, slice off two pieces and use that as your bread.