A turkey is one of the things that is most common in American households at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Some people pick up a bird at the super market and others order from places such as foodydirect.com. There is nothing like sitting down to a table with this beautiful browned bird in the center. The only problem is usually there is too much bird to eat at one sitting. It is common to make turkey and cranberry sandwiches in the evening but, as a rule, there is still quite a bit left.
If turkey were served every day, until it was gone, the family would soon tire of it. That means that it is important to come up with leftover turkey ideas. The most practical thing is to make up a number of leftover turkey dishes and freeze them. This allows everyone to enjoy this variety of food for several weeks.
Here are a couple of suggestions for use of leftover turkey:
Tennessee Turkey Hash
2 to 3 tbsp. butter or margarine;1/4 cup chopped green pepper;1/4 cup chopped celery; 2 cups chopped up turkey; 3 cups of gravy made with water; 1/2 tsp. onion juice; 2 tblsp. Sharp cheese, grated; 2 hard cooked eggs, sliced.
Melt butter in heavy skillet and lightly brown green pepper and celery. Add turkey (you may include cut up giblets), gravy and onion juice.
Bring mixture to a boil; simmer gently 10 to 15 minutes to blend flavors. Add cheese and eggs just before serving. (Serves 6) From Far Journal’s Country Cookbook 1971 edition
Cook one cup of macaroni in salted boiling water until almost done. Drain and rinse. In saucepan cook 1/4 cup chopped green pepper and 1/4 cup chopped onion in 1/4 cup butter until tender. Blend in 1/4 cup all-purpose flour; 1/2 teaspoon salt; 1/4 cup dried marjoram leaves, crushed and a dash of pepper. Add 1-cup milk and 1-cup chicken broth. Cook and stir until thick and bubbly. Add 3 ounces process American cheese, shredded (3/4 cup); stir until thick and bubbly. Fold in macaroni and 1-1/2 cups chopped, cooked turkey.
Turn into 1-1/2-quart-baking dish. Cover and freeze. Before serving bake frozen casserole, uncovered, at 400 degrees until heated through (70 minutes). Stir occasionally. Top with 1/4 cup 1-ounce process American cheese, shredded. Bake 3 to 4 minutes. Serves 6. From Better Homes and Gardens Make-Ahead Cook Book (date not shown)
It is hoped this will help you enjoy your turkey beyond the Holiday Season.