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Turkey Leftovers?

Turkey leftovers are good for about 4 days in the refrigerator.  After that, they need to go.  Anytime I have more than I think can be used in that time-frame, I dice it and freeze in 2 cup portions for using in recipes like the ones in this blog post.

There are so many things you can do with turkey leftovers.  Aside from the standard cold turkey sandwiches, which I love, you might like to try a casserole. 

Take a look at my Chicken Vegetable Cobbler. Use leftover turkey instead.  There are a few variations on this, and they're all quite easy.  You need meat, thickened sauce, frozen mixed vegetables, and a topper.  Cook 30 or so minutes at 350F.  (Some might take longer than 30 minutes.  Choose from any of the following:

I use a 2 quart casserole and the quantities listed:

1 cup to 2 cups cut up, just depends on what I have


Thickened sauce:
1 1/2 cups to 2 cups

leftover gravy
canned soup (cream of mushroom, cream of celery, cream of chicken)
canned gravy (turns out to be lighter and lower in sodium than canned cream soups!)
thickened broth (broth + cornstarch mixed thoroughly.)

1 recipe/1 can/1 mix or about 1 1/2 cups

refrigerated canned biscuit dough or croissant dough (these are the highest-in-fat choices)
Boxed mix of stuffing (here's a lazy resourceful tip:  mix the stuffing + water (omit margarine) in the package that the stuffing comes in.  Fork it on top of the casserole right out of the bag, toss the bag.  No washing up.)
Leftover or instant mashed potatoes
Leftover mashed sweet potatoes
Homemade drop or rolled biscuits (recipe for this is in my Chicken Vegetable Cobbler post)
boxed corn muffin mix (follow instructions on mix and drop by spoonful on top of casserole)

Frozen mixed vegetables:
1 1/2 cups

Standard or,
peas and carrots
broccoli blends are too strong for this casserole
You can use canned, but I find them too soft, salty, and sweet.

This casserole comes together in just a few minutes, bakes in 30-45 and really hits the spot on a cold day.  Leftovers are great for lunch! 


jc 2:34 PM  

Thanks for the ideas. It is always hard to use up so much turkey.

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I am a happily married woman with four children and various cats and kittens (fosters). I love to read and my favourite authors are George RR Martin, Thomas Hardy, Raymond Carver, PD James, Kurt Vonnegut, J. K. Rowling, and Margaret Atwood. I know there are only three women in that list (and none of them American), so if you'd like to suggest some I'm willing to give them a shot! And yes, I am an American living in Canada. (Hence the nick -- CannedAm.) I like it here. There are things about the states that I miss, but my love is here and this country has things to offer that my own does not. Things that make my quality of life much better than it ever was in Ohio. Guess I'm stuck here. Though there's a nice spot in the Appalachian hills where I'd love to spend my retirement.

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