Blogher's Top Ten List of What to Make with Leftover Turkey
By Kalyn Denny on November 22, 2007
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Anyone living in the U.S. who's not a vegetarian is most likely eating turkey today, and if you cooked the turkey yourself, you might be eating turkey tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that . . .
I'm sure you know what I mean. Turkeys can be rather large, and they often produce a lot of leftovers. Worry no more though, for here you go with Blogher's top ten ideas for how to use those turkey leftovers.
#10 Turkey Mole
For an authentic recipe just made for leftover turkey, try the Mole Poblano at Homesick Texan. Not sure what mole is (pronounced mo-lay) or whether you like it? No worries because Rachael from Fresh Approach Cooking has got Turkey Mole Gringa Style.
#9 Turkey Ravioli
You can finely mince cooked turkey and use it in ravioli or wontons. Michelle of Je Mange la Ville has some Turkey Cranberry Ravioli inspired by Giada, and Sean of Hedonia also tried his hand at making Giada's Turkey Cranberry Ravioli.
#8 Turkey Casseroles
Turkey Tetrazzini is probably the most famous type of turkey casserole, and Simply Recipes has a good version. Chef Tom Cooks has Leftover Turkey Casserole that sounds like it uses up a lot of the other Thanksgiving leftovers besides turkey. At Kitchen Parade Alanna has Turkey and Wild Rice Casserole. And just in case you're wondering whether casseroles are even still cool, Cookiecrumb at I'm Mad and I Eat has the answer, plus a few memories.
#7 Turkey Stew
If you want something a bit more substantial than turkey soup, the Mexican Turkey Stew from Champaign Taste sounds like a wonderful idea. Meanwhile at Slashfood there's Pumpkin Turkey Ghoulash with caraway noodles.
#6 Turkey Lasagna
One of my own favorite uses for leftover turkey is to make Turkey Lasagna with Sage and Three Cheeses. Another lasagna variation is the Turkey Lasagna with Eggplant and Spinach at A Mingling of Tastes.
#5 Turkey Chili
Simply Recipes has an amazing looking Turkey Chili that can be made with turkey leftovers. Chili Con Gobble at Sassy Radish is made with ground turkey, but no reason you couldn't use pieces of diced turkey. Same goes for my own Turkey and White Bean Chili with Chocolate.
#4 Turkey Enchiladas
Now it's getting really interesting! How about Holiday Turkey Enchiladas from Karina's Kitchen or Turkey Chipotle Enchiladas from Posie's Place. Sher at What Did You Eat has Creamy Chicken Enchiladas which could certainly be made with turkey. Finally, there's another version of Chicken Enchiladas at Chez Megane.
#3 Turkey Salads
Pretty much any salad that uses diced chicken can be made with turkey. Mimi at French Kitchen in America has a great sounding Curried Turkey Salad with Dried Apricots and Cashews. Joe from Culinary in the Country also has a Curry Turkey Salad, and there's a Curried Chicken Salad at Cook Sister that could be made with turkey. Slashfood puts the salad in a tortilla for Tony Randall's Crunchy Turkey Wraps. Finally, the Lemony Chicken Salad with Tarragon at Champaign Taste is one of my favorites, and it would taste great with turkey.
#2 Turkey Soup
If you've never saved the turkey carcass, simmered it for hours with some carrots, celery, and onions, and then used that delicious turkey stock to make soup, well you just haven't lived. Recipes for turkey soup abound, so if you have your own good one, leave it in the comments. Meanwhile I love the sound of Turkey, Tortellini, and Watercress Soup at A Veggie Venture, Turkey-Escarole Soup at The Perfect Pantry, and Turkey Gumbo Soup at No Food Left Behind.
#1 Turkey Sandwiches
Of course no one can argue that the number one way to use leftover turkey is turkey sandwiches! In my family we always make them with those folded rolls, just slather on the mayo and mustard and slap some turkey inside the fold, and what more do you need? But if you'd like something a bit more unusual try the Toasted Turkey Cranberry Arugula Sandwich from Simply Recipes (pictured in the photo), Grilled Cheese, Pear, and Smoked Turkey Sandwich from Cooking with Amy, or "The Moistmaker" Turkey Sandwich from Slashfood, made famous by an episode of Friends.
Kalyn's Picks this Year
Blogher Food Editor Kalyn Denny always cooks a turkey before Thanksgiving to try out new recipes for her readers at Kalyn's Kitchen. This year she created a new recipe for Leftover Turkey and Sweet Potato Soup with Black Beans and Lime and also made Brown Rice Salad with Leftover Turkey, Red Cabbage, and Pecans.