Thanksgiving Leftovers

Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas: Turkey Soup

After turkey sandwiches, put the turkey carcass (with a little turkey left on) into a pot of water, add leftover gravy if you have it, and cook until turkey falls off bones. Remove bones and add split peas, a little barley, and whatever herbs and/or spices you fancy.

Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas: Turkey Enchiladas

I have a great tip for upcoming Thanksgiving leftovers. Use that leftover turkey for enchiladas! Man, are they good! I cook a turkey at least two or three times a year specifically for enchilada meat. Just make them like always but substitute turkey. People ask for mine all the time!

Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas: Nacho Turkey Casserole

I came across this recipe when I brought down my recipe box (old computer diskette holder) to clean:

  • 5 (2 1/2) cups of slightly crushed tortilla chips
  • 4 (2) cups of cubed cooked turkey or chicken
  • 2 (1) 16oz. jars salsa
  • 1 10oz pkg. (1 cup) frozen or canned whole kernel corn
  • 1/2 (1/4) cup dairy sour cream
  • 2 (1) Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup 4oz (1/2 cup 2oz) shredded Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeno peppers or mozzarella cheese
  • one thinly sliced jalapeno chile pepper, optional

Lightly grease a 3 (2) quart rectangular baking dish. Place 3 (1 1/2) cups of the tortilla chips in bottom of dish. In a large bowl, combine turkey, salsa, corn, sour cream, and flour. Spoon over tortilla chips.

Bake uncovered in a 350-degree oven for 25 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining chips and cheese. Bake uncovered for 5 to 10 minutes or until heated through. Top with jalapenos if desired.

Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas: Winter Casserole

Take a container that you can freeze and layer the leftover turkey, gravy, veggies, then stuffing and sweet and/or mashed potatoes. Cover and freeze. Then a few weeks later in the dead of winter, you will have "Thanksgiving casserole."

My second recipe is for pizza. Take pizza dough/shell and spread leftover cranberry sauce on top. Then put leftover turkey and cover with shredded cheddar cheese and bake as usual. Yummy!

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