Written by Debra Eddy. Media by Kelsey Neier.
Holidays have always had a special place in my heart. My family and I love cooking and eating a big traditional Thanksgiving meal. However, my family and I soon learned you can only eat so much turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, and dressing. However, boring Thanksgiving leftovers can be transformed into another special meal that your family will love. The recipes below are soon to be new traditions that your family will cook up time and time again.
1. Turkey Noodle Soup
This recipe came from a Betty Crocker cookbook and a friend. This soup has an unusual ingredient, the turkey bone. The bone adds flavor and you can peel more meat off the bone. I thought my friend, the lady I babysit for, was off her rocker. I told her that there would be no more meat coming off that turkey bone after we got done eating Thanksgiving dinner. To my surprise, after I made the soup, I did find enough meat to make a meaty turkey noodle soup. I combined not only her turkey bone ingredient, but also what I found in the Betty Crocker cookbook. This recipe calls for a whole chicken to be cooked. The whole chicken is eliminated and in its place is the turkey bone. The recipe for this soup is below.
1 whole turkey bone
2 quarts water
4 celery stalks cut into chunks
4 carrots cut into slices
1 T. salt
1 tsp. sugar
1⁄4 tsp. pepper
8-10 chicken bouillon cubes
2-3 cans chicken broth (add more if needed for stronger flavor, but watch the salt) 1 bag dry egg noodles
Place turkey bone in Dutch oven. Add all the ingredient except the noodles. Cook until carrots and celery are tender. Remove the turkey bone and let the bone cool down. Strain the stock and remove any turkey bone pieces. Take the stock and vegetables and place back in Dutch oven. Bring the vegetables and broth back to a boil. Once the broth is boiling add the noodles and cook until tender. You may have to add a little bit of water or more chicken broth. As the noodles are cooking, peel off the remaining turkey meat from the turkey bone and add it to the soup. Enjoy.
2. Turkey Pot Pie (a variation of Paula Deen’s Hurry Up Chicken Pot Pie)
This recipe is another family favorite and can be made up ahead of time and placed in the refrigerator until you are ready to bake it. There is a different version on the curst also. My family uses already made store bought pie dough, instead of the biscuit mix. Try it with the biscuit mix or pie dough. I am sure it will be good either way. The one ingredient that I didn’t know if I would like in the pot pie is the ingredient that I think makes this pot pie very delicious and that is the sliced hard boiled eggs. Here is where you can find this great left over recipe. Use leftover turkey instead of chicken.
3. Party Ham Casserole (or Party Turkey Casserole)
We first used this recipe with the leftover ham from Christmas. After the family discovered how good this recipe was, I decided to try it with the leftover turkey from Thanksgiving. Now I use this recipe for both ham and turkey leftovers from the holidays. My family prefers the ham, but the turkey is just as good. This sauce can be made ahead of time. Add more mustard, if you like a heavy mustard taste. Also, be careful with the sour cream if you are doubling or tripling the recipe. We usually double or triple the recipe and we soon discovered that we needed to cut back on the sour cream, because the sour cream taste overpowered the other ingredients. You can find this recipe at the website below. My family omits the cashews.
These three recipes have been standards for leftovers in my family. I hope they soon become traditions in your household and favorites among your family as well.
Want one more bonus recipe? Check out this video on how to make a delicious turkey sandwich!