Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Turkey Leftovers? Four Meal Ideas

This year I cooked a turkey roast, which is similar to any other type of roast.  It's smaller than cooking a whole turkey, and all white meat.  There were only 6 adults at my house for Christmas, so cooking a whole bird was unnecessary.  That doesn't mean we don't have any leftovers.  If you're already tired of eating leftover plates that are exact replicas of your Christmas dinner, here are four meal ideas to change things up without wasting food. 

1- Turkey Soup-  Chop up an onion and saute in a little olive oil until softened.  Mince a clove or two of garlic and add to the pot, cooking for a minute more.  Add vegetable broth, some leftover vegetables or some frozen veggies and the cooked turkey.  Season with some thyme, rosemary or other herb of choice.  Heat through and serve, topped with some Parmesan cheese, if desired.

2- Turkey Salad- I like my turkey in a turkey Caesar, but a salad of mixed greens, with chopped turkey, dried cranberries and some cooked quinoa in a herb vinaigrette sounds lovely too.

2- Turkey Pie-  I made this on Thanksgiving, but it is supposed to be a recipe for leftovers.  It's Jaime's Turkey Pie, from the Jamie Oliver website.
His version isn't gluten free, so here are the changes I make to his recipe to make it gluten free: 
a) The recipe calls for puff pastry.  There are GF puff pastry recipes out there, but it's too complicated for me to bother when using up leftovers.  I use a gluten free pie crust, either from a mix or from scratch.  Frozen formed crusts don't work because the crust only goes on the top of the pie, not the bottom. If you don't like/have chestnuts, leave them out.
b) I thicken the gravy either with gluten free all purpose flour or cornstarch, whichever I have on hand.  This recipe is a bit more work than the other two above, but it's a staple at my house, and everyone loves it. 



4- Turkey Chili- Ground meat is traditional in a chili, but who cares?  Tear or chop up leftover turkey and use it in a thick and chunky chili.  Chopped onion, garlic, orange or red bell pepper, niblets corn and some chickpeas or white beans make a great base.  Saute in a little olive oil, add a large can of pureed tomatoes, another of broth, and season to taste.  Add the cooked turkey and heat through.  For better flavour, let it simmer.  Top with shredded cheese or sour cream, and serve with tortilla chips or over rice. 

Happy Eating!

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