With aging parents, and now only in-laws, the amount of leftover Thanksgiving turkey has continued to rise. Which could be a problem if you didn’t have two growing teenagers – and an appetite like mine! Our supply generally doesn’t last beyond a Monday repeat, Tuesday turkey sandwiches, and at the latest, Wednesday’s turkey pot pie.
So, for those who need to stretch their turkey surplus over several more days, here are a few creative suggestions for recipes using leftover turkey.
How about Thanksgiving turkey nachos? These are built using a cup of shredded turkey, one cup of gouda cheese, one and a half cups of leftover stuffing, a can of cranberry sauce, and a half cup of turkey gravy. Sound delicious?
A tasty lunch can feature turkey-bacon-avocado grilled cheese. Sure, it’s a sandwich, but definitely more inspired than my usual slap-dash effort.
This one is a bit “out there.” Leftover mashed potato pizza doesn’t roll off the tongue, but it’s a great way to devour a mound of spuds. There’s no need for tomato sauce, as it uses the leftover mash, along with toppings like mozzarella cheese, garlic, bacon, and more.
Turkey isn’t a typical ingredient for a great lasagna, but why not give it a try? For those of you who still enjoy meat-based lasagna, it may be time to take a detour from the usual ground beef.
Like mashed potato pizza, this one seems odd, but it’ll quickly use up a pile of leftovers. Mix a stuffing-based batter, cook in the waffle iron, and top with mashed potatoes, gravy and any remaining cranberry sauce.
Thanks to our friends at Google, there’s no shortage of turkey-time options – although these few look promising. Why not give one or two a whirl, and let us know what you think?
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