How Do I Use the Left-Over Turkey?

Turkey Dinner
Now that Thanksgiving has passed in the US, what are people doing with the left-over turkey?
The well-prepared will already be working on a turkey stock using the remnants of the carcass. It will still have quite a bit of meat on it that should be used to avoid waste.
So what can be done to use up the remaining turkey?


First and foremost is that any carved turkey should be put in a sealed container then placed in the fridge. It will keep there for a few days.

  • Place the remaining carcass into a large pan and cover with water. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer gently for 2-3 hours depending on size. Add more water if required. Once cooked then pour of the turkey stock and either refrigerate or freeze. Now comes the messy bit because you will have quite a lot of turkey either in the pan or on the turkey carcass. Pick out any pieces of turkey from there then work over the carcass to get more. Fridge or Freezer for them.
  • Try a stir-fry! Use some left-over turkey, red and green peppers, mushrooms, onions and soy sauce then stir-fry before serving on a bed of boiled rice.
  • Turkey Stew is a good way to use the stock that you made from the carcass. Just mix into a large pan with potato, carrot, swede and onion. Add in other vegetables to your taste then cook until done.
    Cheesy Suet Dumplings make a good addition to this too.
  • Try a turkey and cranberry sauce butty. Two thick buttered slices of bread then stuffed with cooked turkey. Top with cranberry sauce and enjoy.
  • Turkey Curry is another way to use the stock and pieces that come from the carcass. Add in your preferred curry flavouring and a selection of vegetables. Serve with boiled rice.
  • And finally, how about turkey salad? Build a base of lettuce, cucumber, tomato and coleslaw. Layer with some of the chilled turkey and serve with bread.

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