23 November 2011

What Do You Do With Those Turkey Leftovers?

Thanksgiving Turkey Cake...

To all of our friends from the States...Happy Thanksgiving!!!!! After the day, and you have time to relax after a belly-groaning meal and entertaining family and friends it is time to move on to the next culinary adventure. Do you have the energy to make what you see above after the big day........sigh.... I know that I wouldn't since that would be too Martha Stewart of me, but I had to show you this "cake" I found on the web.. The bird has been carved and served, you’ve indulged in Aunt Maggie’s famous pumpkin pie, waistbands have been loosened or perhaps you just wore expandable pants for the occasion.  The kids are already starting to talk about Christmas, but, before you bring out the decorations you need to do something with the leftovers from the Thanksgiving meal.

Many people don’t have the energy or the desire to deal with leftovers from a holiday meal and more often than not chuck the whole thing in the freezer only to throw them out at Easter. You could make this cake from leftover stuffing, mashed potatoes and turkey pictured above, if you have any energy left, or you can use one of the great recipes below. There are so many tasty uses for pre-cooked turkey, vegetables and left over mashed potatoes that it seems a shame to waste them. Not only will it save you time preparing meals in the week following a big holiday dinner but will also stretch your food budget.

If I still haven’t convinced you then divide your left over turkey into portions (about 2 cups) in freezer bags to pull out later in the winter when you have a craving for turkey again… Super Bowl Turkey Chili anyone?

Here are some great ideas! If you have any more leave a comment with your link and I will add your recipe to the list if you would like!! Can we get to 101 uses fro leftover turkey? Now back to the treadmill....

1) Leftover Turkey Shepherds Pie - More Than Burnt Toast
2) Turkey Avgolemono Soup - More Than Burnt Toast
3) Leftover Turkey and Leek Pie - Jamie Oliver
4) Turkey Con Chile - Jamie Oliver
5) Spicy Turkey Pisole - Food and Wine
6) Roast Turkey and Sweet Potato Hash With Fried Eggs - Emeril Lagasse
7) Turkey Enchilladas - Kalyns Kitchen
8) Turkey Nachos - Canadian Parents
9) Turkey with Sweet Potato Dumplings - Whole Foods Market
10) Thanksgiving Turkey Cake - Chow (pictured above from their web site)
11) Leftover Turkey Pho - Healthy Green Kitchen
12) Turkey Gumbo - Steamy Kitchen
13) Open-Faced Turkey Sandwiches with Caramelized Onions - Canadian Living
14) Turkey Con Queso Bake - Canadian Living
15) Shredded Turkey Quesadillas - BBC Good Food
16) Winter Pilaf - BBC Good Food
17) Rotelle Pasta with Creamy Sauce - Photogenic Food
18) Creamy Turkey Cajun Pasta - Savouring theThyme
19) Turkey Kale Soup - Forks.ca
20) Turkey Tortilla Soup - Better Home and Gardens
21) Turkey, Sweet Potato and Watercress Salad - Martha Stewart Living
22) Grilled Pear, Turkey, and Brie Panini - Jerry's Thoughts, Musings and Rants
23)  Turkey Tetrazinni - Jerry's Thoughts, Musings and Rants via Elise from Simple Recipes
24) Turkey Barley Soup  - Jerry's Thoughts, Musings and Rants via Kalyn of Kalyn's Kitchen
25) Mexican Turkey Soup - Jerry's Thoughts Musings and Rants
26) Asian Turkey Salad  - Jerry's Thoughts, Musings and Rants via Cooking Light
27) Turkey Jambalaya - Jerry's Thoughts Musings and Rants via Cooking Light
28 - 48) 20 Tasty Recipes to Use Your Leftover Turkey - Kalyn's Kitchen
49 - 52) 3 Easy Leftover Turkey Ideas - Savoring Every Bite
53) Recipes Using Leftover Turkey - Recipe Girl
54) Couscous Salad with Turkey and Arugula - Food and Wine
55) Turkey and Mushroom Pot Pie - Food and Wine
56) Risotto with Turkey, Leeks and Mascarpone - Food and Wine
57) Turkey Shepherds Pie with Two Potato Topping - Food and Wine
58) Turkey Spring Rolls - Pioneer Woman Cooks

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  1. Great idea! That cake is awesome. It look terrific.

    Happy Thanksgiving!



  2. That cake is a surprise and a stunner :-). You tips are terrific and the links greatly appreciated. Have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  3. Dear Valli this cake look amazing and delicious, perfect I think:)

  4. My family would get the biggest kick out of that turkey cake. Love your list of leftover recipes, Val. Freezing meal size portions is the way to go.

  5. So many great leftover ideas.

  6. The cake looks wonderful Valli! What a research job in this post! You are such a profesional :D.

  7. What a beautiful cake! Saving your leftover ideas for next turkey.

  8. Wow! I think I saw this last year and forgot about it. You'd definitely need a lot of leftover kitchen energy to tackle this one :) Wishing you a great Thanksgiving!

  9. that cake is wrong... wrong I tell you!!!!!

  10. LOL!
    I totally love this and would eat it too.
    You are creative and funny!

  11. Originality! What a surprise cake. I love the traditional Thanksgiving menu. Your cake has the ingredients! :-)

  12. I probably won't have any leftovers but that's not going to stop me from making these!

  13. I can barely stand trying to assemble a sweet cake, let alone a savoury one, but that would certainly make an entrance when carrying it to the dinner table!

  14. I'm mighty curious about that cake! LOL

    Some of my favourite turkey leftover ideas:
    Grilled Pear, Turkey, and Brie Panini (http://jdeq.typepad.com/jerrys_thoughts_musings_a/2010/10/grilled-pear-turkey-and-brie-panini.html)
    Turkey Tetrazinni (http://jdeq.typepad.com/jerrys_thoughts_musings_a/2010/10/grilled-pear-turkey-and-brie-panini.html -- recipe by Elise from Simple Recipes)
    Turkey Barley Soup (http://jdeq.typepad.com/jerrys_thoughts_musings_a/2010/01/turkey-barley-soup.html - recipe by Kalyn os Kalyn's Kitchen)
    Mexican Turkey Soup (http://jdeq.typepad.com/jerrys_thoughts_musings_a/2008/11/sunday-slow-soupers-2-mexican-turkey-soup.html)
    Asian Turkey Salad (http://jdeq.typepad.com/jerrys_thoughts_musings_a/2007/09/asian-turkey-sa.html - from the fine folks at Cooking Light)
    Turkey Jambalaya (http://jdeq.typepad.com/jerrys_thoughts_musings_a/2007/09/turkey-jambalay.html - Cooking Light again)

    Hmmmm - we have lots of turkey leftovers it seems. LOL

    Have a great day.

  15. Wow, that is a showstopper!! That tops all leftover recipes I've ever seen! Hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving!

  16. What a great idea. I thought at first it was a carrot cake with cream cheese icing. Happy Thanksgiving. We don't celebrate it here in Australia but I sure wish we did!

  17. Beautiful cake and some great ideas!

  18. I have lots of leftovers today, but my family will probably take care of them before they leave! I still have a turkey in the freezer though. With all of these great ideas, I think I'll have to roast it just to have leftovers next week. :)

  19. Our leftovers rarely make it past the second day.

  20. That 'cake' is a work of a art. Lots of good turkey tips here.

  21. You're right - I am not up to the cake - but oh my - it welcomes. We must be the only family that happily munches are way through the leftovers - as prepared. All the ideas are enticing - but we will have no leftovers left by the end of today. Such is life. Maybe make another turkey?

  22. Now that is different, almost too strange, yet interesting. great links.

  23. I love that! I can make that without Thanksgiving.... using turkey cutlets....


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