Leftover turkey can actually be turned into many dishes. Some resemble the dinner where turkey was served, but others mask the leftovers and make the remains into economical and reinvented meals. Turkey can easily be made into sandwiches, salads, hash, and casseroles.
Naturally, the first thing that may spring to most people’s mind at the thought of leftover turkey is a sandwich. Some people couldn’t have a Thanksgiving without the promise of a Friday turkey sandwich. Diners can use rolls from the previous night, or fresh sliced sourdough bread as a pleasant accompaniment.
A plain turkey sandwich is often much appreciated, but turkey leftovers can also be the inspiration for a cold curried turkey salad. Using either a mayonnaise or yogurt base, cooks can consider adding a small amount of curry and possibly nuts or raisins. This brings a new taste to the leftovers.
Turkey hash is also a great way to make use of leftover turkey, especially when a cook has extra stuffing. Using cubed turkey, stuffing, onions and celery, and perhaps a little turkey gravy or stock, turkey hash can become a day after turkey breakfast, lunch or dinner. Some people also enjoy fried eggs served over hash.
Leftover turkey adapts itself well to being used in a variety of casseroles or pasta dishes. For example, finely sliced turkey could be part of a lasagna or enchilada dish. It can also be used like canned tuna would be used to make a turkey casserole inspired dish. Leftovers combined with peas, carrots, and mushroom soup can form an excellent basis for a turkey potpie.
Turkey is also excellent in fine slices or in cubes for turkey tacos or turkey quesadillas. Like turkey lasagna, Mexican inspired dishes using turkey often make economical use of leftover meat, but do so in a way that does not remind everyone of turkey dinner the night before.
If the turkey meat is all gone, there is still use for the turkey carcass. Cooks can boil the remains with a bit of onion, carrots, and garlic to make turkey stock. This can be turned into turkey soup or stored for use later. A fine minestrone soup can be concocted from turkey stock, or turkey noodle soup might be the order of the day.
In all, turkey leftovers offer cooks the chance for varied meals. All leftovers should be used within the first two days after cooking, however. Reheated turkey should also reach 165°F (74°C) in order to be safe to eat.