We bought our bird from our dairy farm. They raise free range turkeys and the bird is never frozen. This year, we brined our turkey before we cooked it. SO GOOD. And the leftovers were SO GOOD. I’ve never made such a good bird before. And it shows because today, Sunday, 3 days after Thanksgiving, and we have no more leftovers. None! It was one good bird. The kids would just grab hunks from the fridge as snacks.
In honor of this great turkey, here are my 5 favorite things to do with leftover birds.
- Turkey Puffs. Turkey, cream cheese, butter, all wrapped up in crescent roll dough and rolled in stuffing mix. It’s Juice’s most looked forward to meal all year long. More so than Thanksgiving. And it’s for this meal, that I actually roast a bird.
- Open Face Turkey Sandwiches. Using left over rolls, I put turkey and gravy on them and warm up the whole plate. I can’t make this without a little Pirate joining me.
- Turkey frozen for soup. Typically I will chop it up, and freeze it in 2 cup increments. That way, if I need turkey for soups or salads, it’s right there waiting for me.
- Cheese and cracker appetizers. These are surprisingly addicting. We have had them for lunch for the past few days.
- And my absolute favorite way to use leftover turkey? Broth making. I love love love to take the carcass and simmer it for 24 hours with some carrots, celery, and onions. This year I got 1 quart of broth out of our turkey. Then I freeze it in 1/4 cups in muffin tins like good broth ice cubes. The broth is so flavorful. Much better than the store bought stuff. Plus, it has a ton of minerals from the bone marrow that make it super healthy.
Anyone else have some good ideas for leftover turkey? I’ll have to file them away until next year!