This might be sacrilegious, but we don’t really love turkey meat. Sure, sure…we eat it every thanksgiving. But it’s not exactly the tastiest protein. It’s just kinda…there.
We actually like what you can do with turkey leftovers more than the roasted bird itself. Check out our top 10 favorite ideas for leftover turkey meat below… (We’ve also got ideas for leftover cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes.)
TURKEY SAMOSAS: Cut rolled out (or store bought) pie dough into about 8 triangles. Top with shredded turkey (lightly salted) and a spoonful of peach or raspberry jam. Fold up corners, pinch, and bake until golden brown.
TURKEY MAC & CHEESE: Mix in while making your favorite baked Macaroni and Cheese recipe. Add little steamed broccoli too!
TURKEY SALAD WITH GREEN GRAPES: You probably have some leftover celery from the stuffing, right? Make a version of Beekman 1802 Chicken Salad with grapes instead of gooseberries, and turkey instead of chicken.
ASIAN CHOPPED SALAD: Use your food processor to grate carrots, green cabbage, red pepper, cucumber. Toss with chopped turkey, chopped peanuts, chopped cilantro and chopped chile pepper. Dress with a little sesame oil, rice vinegar, and lime juice.
PIZZA TOPPING: Easy enough, right? Try it with pesto instead of red sauce.
TURKEY CURRY: Let’s face it…Thanksgiving tastes good…but it’s a kind of bland menu as a whole. Kick it up with the leftovers. Add turkey to your favorite curry recipe.
CHEESY GRITS & TURKEY: Tired of leftover turkey for lunches and dinner? Try it as a savory breakfast grits bowl. Good with a little chopped apple too.
TOO-TIRED-TO-MAKE-SOUP TURKEY SOUP: Ramen Noodles are becoming quite trendy. You can even find gourmet versions of the cheap packets that got us all through college. Make a nice bowl, and freshen it up with chopped turkey and plenty of freshly chopped cilantro, basil or parsley.
TURKEY CROQUETTES: Finely chop the leftover turkey, mix with a little leftover mashed potatoes and parmesan cheese, and roll into a ball. Dip in beaten egg mixture, roll in panic bread crumbs and fry in vegetable oil. Great with a mustard dipping sauce.
SUPER HEALTHY DETOX SALAD: Finely chop turkey, raw kale & parsley. Mix with chunks of roasted winter squash, chopped dried apricots, and cooked cous-cous. Toss with olive oil and apple cider vinegar.