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Post T-day Turkey Leff-overs

Looks like there's going to be a lot of leftovers at my house. Full bird but only 5 diners. Even after handing out a couple of "to-go" plates I see a lot of turkey.

Beyond sandwiches, reheated plates, jook (congee) or soup, what do you do with a bunch of turkey?

The only thing different I thought about were tamales which a family friend use to make...but is probably beyond my involvement...knowing they might only turn out only okay.

Any cool ideas or a family traditions with left over turkey?

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  1. Save the carcass and make turkey stock. Use the stock to make risotto (Do you have arborio rice in the house?) and use the little pieces of turkey in the risotto. Other leftovers such vegetables can be added to rice dish. Play it by ear...improvise.

    Just like chili, there are loads of ways to make risotto.

    1. This is our family tradition, paseed down from my Mom...and the only time I ever have Miracle Whip in the house. I hate the stuff, but it works in this recipe.

      HOT TURKEY SALAD - serves 8-10
      3 cups cooked turkey, diced in bite size pieces
      1-1/2 cups chopped celery
      2T grated onion
      4 hard boiled eggs (sliced)
      1 small jar pimento (I use finely chopped red pepper instead)
      1 small package slivered almonds
      1 cup Miracle Whip (**see note below)
      1 cup grated Jack cheese
      2 T lemon juice
      salt and pepper to taste
      potato chips

      Mix together all ingredients and pour in medium size casserole which is very lightly greased. Sprinkle crushed potato chips over top. Bake in preheated 350 oven for 30 minutes. This is best if it stands in refrigerator for a few hours before re-heating.

      **Note on Miracle Whip -- We hate the stuff on sandwiches and anywhere else, but for some reason it works really well in this recipe. If you really don’t want to try it, go ahead and substitute mayonnaise, but it won’t be the same.

      1. My dad would always make turkey tacos. He would shred the turkey and let it sit in some reserved tukey stock. I think he would then puree it with some garlic & spices..maybe a chipotle pepper. He would then fill the corn tortillas(always fresh from my grandma's hands). Seal them up with toothpicks & fry them up.
        My brothers would fry big strips like fried chicken & make sandwiches with those.

        1. I love me some turkey pot pie. Mmmmm...

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          1. I am looking forward to Hot Browns. They are an open faced sandwich. Toast, sliced turkey, could be a slice of country ham or not, hot cheese sauce, grated parmesan and a couple of strips of crisp bacon run under the broiler until browned and bubbly. A slice of tomato is good if you have any edible tomatoes available. Sandwich originated at the Brown Palace in Louisville now known as the Camberly Brown. Yum! Great stuff.

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            1. re: Candy

              Oooh, Candy, that sounds SO good!

              1. re: rcallner

                It is not hard and so yummy. Here is a link http://whatscookingamerica.net/Sandwi... but if you Google up Hot Brown Sandwich you will find a number of recipes. Homemade pizza tonight with no turkey. Hot Browns for dinner Sunday PM