Thanksgiving is over, but the leftovers remain. If you’re like me, the turkey prepared is always too big, and there’s a container of leftovers sitting in the fridge. You may be struggling to figure out what you’re going to do with it given you only have a few days to eat it before it becomes unsafe. Below is a list of my favorite things to do with leftover turkey.
If you have more leftover turkey than you could possibly eat in a few days, pack it in freezer bags and store it in the freezer for future use. Even better, if you have a food saver you can vacuum seal it making it last longer. That gives you more time to incorporate it into the following ideas to use up that extra turkey.
It’s tradition in my home that for lunch the day after Thanksgiving is turkey sandwiches and Cool Ranch Doritos. But if you have meal sized packages in the freezer, a sandwich with leftover turkey from Thanksgiving is better than any store bought cold cut.
Turkey Egg Bake
Breakfast egg bakes can have literally any protein imaginable, including turkey.
Grilled Turkey and Cheese
A gooey grilled cheese with multiple cheeses and Texas toast is one of my favorite comfort foods. Add some turkey and it’s a home run.
I learned how to make club sandwiches when I was a short order cook at a restaurant in high school. I still make the exact same recipe, and it includes bacon, ham, and turkey.
Leftover turkey can be used in a variety of different soups including turkey chili, turkey and wild rice soup, and turkey noodle soup.
Thanksgiving Part II
Wait a few months and you just might feel like having a Thanksgiving do over. The nice thing is this time you won’t have to wait hours for the turkey to cook.
If you host Thanksgiving, you’re more than likely going to have leftovers. With the list above you can use those leftovers to provide meal options in your weekly planning for weeks to come.
How about you, EOD Nation, what do you do with your Thanksgiving turkey left overs?