My name is Jolene Belmain, and I love my family, including my fur babies, and cooking.
Left overs CAN be delicious!
The perfect turkey dinner starts with a beautifully cooked meal, family, friends, and good food all around us. But the leftovers from that big bird do seem to last forever sometimes, don't they? All those leftovers from Thanksgiving,
Christmas, and Easter dinner can get boring without a few good turkey recipes to jazz it up. Then I got wise and started turning those leftovers into extra special dishes that we all look forward to. Now I can hardly wait for the next feast so that I can work my magic recipes on all of those glorious leftovers.
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1 hour 25 min
1 hour 25 min
- 2 cups diced turkey
- 4 -6 sticks of diced celery
- 1 diced onion
- 1 can cream of mushroom soup
- 1 cup of water
- 220 g(ish) bag of plain potato chips (crushed)
- grated cheddar cheese
- Add together: turkey, celery, and onion.
- Mix in the cream of mushroom soup.
- Place that into the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish.
- Cover with grated cheese.
- Top it all off with your chips and slowly pour the 1 cup water all over the chips (This keeps your casserole moist and the chips from burning, but they are crispy when it's done, trust me).
- Bake in the oven at 350 F for 45 minutes or until chips are golden brown.
- Let cool for 5-10 minutes and enjoy!
Family Is All You Need
What do you cook up for your special occasions?
Generally if You Have a Family Then You Have a Holiday Dinner
For most of us a holiday meal is generally a turkey dinner. Well at my house this is true as well.
With a family of six I have quite a few mouths to feed and during the holidays we are rarely without a few extra places at the table to set. Visiting friends and relatives often stop by.
For this reason we usually pick up an extra large bird and this means leftovers and plenty of them. The good news is that left over turkey can be worked into so very many recipes that each meal is a new and exciting treat.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45-60 minutes
Serves: A lot!!
Cream Turkey Recipe (from scratch) - AKA Turkey-A-La-King
- 2 heaping tbsp margarine
- 3 -4 heaping tbsp cornstarch
- Lots of milk (about a quart)
- 2/3 of a large pot (one size down from the dutch oven)
- 2 cups cooked turkey
- 2 cups cooked peas
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Bread (toasted)
- You need to make the base for the Creamed Turkey, so we will make the sauce first... here goes!
- Take your margarine and melt it in the pot over medium heat. Once the margarine is melted remove it from the heat and add your cornstarch, blending it all together till it is nice and smooth. Add your milk and put it back onto the heat (turning the heat up to about 7-8 (or med-high). We are trying to thicken up our sauce, so you must stir it constantly until it is frothy (almost boiling) so it doesn't stick or burn to the bottom.
- Once it is thick, you may lower the temp back to medium/medium low and add the rest of the ingredients:
- Turkey and peas, salt and pepper.
- Stir occasionally until everything is warm.
- Place bread in toaster, butter when finished, then scoop desired amount of creamed turkey on top of it. Cut it all up with a knife and fork and enjoy your leftover turkey
- You may also add celery, onions, garlic (whatever veggies you'd like) to this recipe, but this is usually how I make it. I always add a little more S&P to it once I've added it onto my toast as well.
- I put my leftovers into a covered bowl in the fridge and scoop it out as needed for lunches or dinners... all I need to do is heat it up on a plate in the microwave, and as that's heating up I make my toast then add it all together.
Turkey Pot Pie
- 2 cups left over turkey
- 2 cups milk
- 3/4 cup flour
- 2 cups mixed vegetables
- 1 can of creamed soup
- puff pastry
- Take your turkey, add your milk and flour and mix together. Add your flour according to how thick or thin you would like the sauce. Mix in the creamed soup of your choice (there are plenty to choose from), your veggies, and some spices to your acquired taste (I used I used chicken flavour, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper and parsley). Let this simmer until it is a nice thick sauce.
- Line a greased baking dish with your pastry dough and fill with your turkey pot pie filling, then cover with more pastry filling. Don't forget to poke all of your pastry with a fork for air.
© 2011 JoleneBelmain
Do you think that you will use one of these recipes for leftover turkey?
JoleneBelmain (author) on September 09, 2012:
@Nanciajohnson: It really is a great way to use up leftovers. We've used leftover chicken in this recipe too... so versatile :)
Nancy Johnson from Mesa, Arizona on August 27, 2012:
I made a variation of the turkey casserole this week. I used cream of chicken soup with green beans added in. So simple and easy way to use up some leftover turkey meat in the freezer.
JoleneBelmain (author) on December 18, 2011:
@kathysart: These two leftover turkey recipes are by far my favourite ones :)
kathysart on December 18, 2011:
They sure do look good! THUMBS UP, SQUID ANGEL BLESSED!
Lorelei Cohen from Canada on October 14, 2011:
I make cream turkey (aka turkey a la king) a lot of the time. I love cream turkey served on buttered toast with salt and pepper sprinkled on top...oooh yummy.