So Much Leftover Turkey!
He was a 24 pound Christmas turkey, purchased for two adults and a toddler. Yeah… We had leftovers. But as I'm sure you know, you can only eat so many cold turkey sandwiches before you start to go a little nuts. And I'm not a huge fan of the dark meat, so I wasn't going to eat any of that…
Anyway, I've found a couple ways to use the turkey meat. One of them was a stroganoff-type dish—I made egg noodles, and covered them in this:
- 1 can of cream of mushroom soup
- an unknown amount of turkey strings (try ripping cooked turkey into slivers with your hands… You'll learn what I mean by turkey strings. I embraced them.)
- 1 chicken bouillon cube
- dashes of onion powder, garlic salt, and paprika
- Heat everything in a saucepan, add dashes to taste. Serve over egg noodles.
See? So easy I condensed it into one step! Husband loved it, but I thought it was too salty... I'll play around with the flavors next time. It was a good way to use up some turkey and canned food storage, but it was only enough for two large portions.
The other thing I tried was turkey chili. It had the potential to be really good… I should have trusted my instincts on the spices. And I should have properly soaked the beans instead of relying on a quick-soak method that failed. For that matter, I should have cooked the beans ahead of time. We ended up with slightly-odd tasting chili with undercooked beans… I tried adding 3 cups of water and letting the crockpot cook on low overnight, but we forgot to plug the crockpot back in after candy cane punch. It was really gross. I'd be willing to try again, with a better recipe, but we only have a limited amount of turkey left… We're trying to stretch everything we have so we can make it to the next paycheck without grocery shopping (besides diapers, milk, etc). But hey! At least the chili looked yummy… And the meat part was yummy…
I have plans to make some turkey curry, but that might not actually be realized, because I'm kinda leftover-curried out after the party a couple weeks ago. We still have leftovers from the 18th. They're probably only borderline good, but I hate throwing food away, and they still taste good…