So often we eat on the leftover turkey until we are sick of it or we just can’t think of turkey again after baking it ourselves. What should we do with an enormous amount of leftover turkey? Here’s an answer, freeze it in quart size bags to make meals later. I suggest freezing the white meat in 1 to 2 cup portions depending on how large your family is. Of course, dark meat freezes as well, but not everyone likes dark meat. Just make sure your meat is well cooled, ideally at room temperature for 2 hours and then refrigerate. Portion and freeze your turkey the next day. This will allow you time to decide how long you are going to eat leftovers. However, don’t wait until day five to freeze. Decide within the first or second day after it’s been cooked and start freezing.
I’m making a list of ideas for you to use your turkey leftovers. Feel free to comment on other ideas so we can all benefit. Ideally, think of entrees you normally use chicken and substitute turkey. Turkey has a mild enough flavor to use in a variety of dishes. The ideas might sound a little odd because we’re not used to hearing them used with turkey, but why not utilize our leftover poultry for quick meals? Your family will never know it’s from Thanksgiving or Christmas.
Here’s a list of ideas:
- Greek turkey pizza (feta, roma tomatoes, spinach, shredded or diced turkey on pizza crust)
- Shredded turkey tacos (use msg free seasoning and hard/soft shells)
- Turkey Panani sandiwches (use pesto or roasted red peppers, provolone cheese and day old bread)
- Santa Fe Chili (shredded turkey, diced tomatoes, pinto and kidney beans, taco seasoning)
- Turkey tostadas (shredded turkey with taco season, cheese, lettuce, tomato, guacamole loaded on a tostada)
- Turkey quesadillas (diced turkey and pepperjack cheese, green onions, black beans and corn)
- Turkey salad (diced turkey, light mayo, grapes, walnuts, celery on a croissant)
What are you going to do with your leftover turkey?