Talking Turkey: The Best Recipes for Leftover Turkey – Part Two

In the second of our left over turkey articles, we are really using up the very last pieces of meat from the carcass now, but although most of the white breast meat may have been demolished, there are still plenty of tasty meals that you can make from the darker meat nearer the bone.

Turkey & Cranberry Loaf

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/4 cup egg substitute
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 2 pounds cooked ground turkey
  • 1 jar cranberry sauce
  • bunch of salad leaves

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Crumble turkey over mixture and mix well. Press into a 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Cover and bake at 350° for 65-70 minutes or until juices run clear. Serve with salad. Yield: 8 servings.

Turkey Noodle Soup

Ingredients
BROTH:

  • 1 leftover turkey carcass (from a 12- to 14-pound turkey)
  • 2 cooked turkey wings, meat removed
  • 2 cooked turkey drumsticks, meat removed
  • 1 turkey neck bone
  • 1 medium unpeeled onion, cut into wedges
  • 2 small unpeeled carrots, cut into chunks
  • 6 to 8 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 4 quarts plus 1 cup cold water, divided

SOUP:

  • 3 quarts water
  • 5 cups uncooked egg noodles
  • 2 cups diced carrots
  • 2 cups diced celery
  • 3 cups cubed cooked turkey
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • Place the turkey carcass, bones from wings and drumsticks, neck bone, onion, carrots and garlic in a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 1 hour, turning once.
  • Transfer the carcass, bones and vegetables to an 8-qt. stockpot. Add 4 qts. cold water; set aside. Pour remaining cold water into baking pan, stirring to loosen browned bits. Add to pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 3-4 hours.
  • Cool slightly. Strain broth; discard bones and vegetables. Set stockpot in an ice-water bath until cooled, stirring occasionally. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Skim fat from broth. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, bring 3 qts. water to a boil. Add noodles and carrots; cook for 4 minutes. Add celery; cook 5-7 minutes longer or until noodles and vegetables are tender. Drain; add to simmering broth. Add cubed turkey; heat through. Stir in the parsley, salt, thyme and pepper. Yield: 10 servings (about 4 quarts).

Turkey Bake

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth, divided
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups cubed whole grain bread
  • 3 cups cubed white bread
  • 2 cups cubed cooked dark turkey meat
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh or frozen cranberries

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, bring the onion, celery and 1/2 cup broth to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5-8 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Remove from the heat. Stir in the eggs, poultry seasoning, salt, pepper and remaining broth until blended. Add the bread cubes, turkey and cranberries; mix well.
  • Spoon into a 2-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Cover and bake at 350° for 15 minutes. Uncover; bake 20-25 minutes longer or until a thermometer reaches 160°. Yield4 servings.

Turkey Fettuccine

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces uncooked fettuccine
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 cups fat-free milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt-free seasoning blend
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup fat-free half-and-half
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 cups cubed cooked turkey breast
  • 3/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Directions

  • Cook fettuccine according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large ovenproof skillet coated with cooking spray, saute the onion, celery and garlic in oil for 3 minutes. Add mushrooms; cook and stir until vegetables are tender. Stir in the milk, seasoning blend and salt. Bring to a boil.
  • Combine cornstarch and half-and-half until smooth; stir into skillet. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly. Stir in Parmesan cheese just until melted.
  • Stir in turkey. Drain fettuccine; add to turkey mixture. Heat through. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Broil 4-6 in. from the heat for 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 6 servings.

Second Hand Turkey

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 2 cups cubed cooked turkey
  • 2 cups cooked egg noodles
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs

Directions

  • In a large skillet, saute mushrooms and celery in 3 tablespoons butter until tender. Combine cornstarch and milk until smooth; stir into mushroom mixture. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook for 1 minute or until thickened.
  • Stir in the turkey, noodles, broth, salt, thyme and pepper. Pour into a greased 2-qt. baking dish. Melt remaining butter; toss with bread crumbs. Sprinkle over casserole.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until heated through. Yield4 servings.
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