There have been years where I had little to no leftover turkey, and that was very disappointing because I look forward to the leftovers almost as much as the actual feast. When I am faced with no leftovers I resolve to buy an extra turkey next year. Here are a couple of reasons I love my leftover turkey.
One of my favorite recipes is for Turkey Gumbo. I have tried several variations over the years, but my favorite is one that I have adapted from America’s Test Kitchens. I love their roux and the flavor baseit gives the gumbo. In my turkey version I use turkey (or chicken) stock and turkey instead of shrimp. Additionally, I use a little less stock, more like a quart which is half what the recipe calls for. Otherwise it is too much liquid for me. Also, add 1/2 teaspoon of thyme. Find the recipe here.
Another favorite meal for my leftovers is Turkey Pot Pie, which remains a favorite for my family. I use this recipe, although I don’t usually add potatoes. What a bonus that you can make two pies and freeze one (or send one home with your adult son).
If you don’t want to make the usual turkey sandwich (using dressing, cranberry sauce, etc.) you can perk it up with other additions. I love adding avocado slices to ours for that extra creaminess and flavor. Bacon is an obvious go-to. And for the spread try a remoulade like this one.
Do you have some favorite recipes for leftover turkey? I’d love to see some new ideas.