Monday, November 26, 2012

Recipes for Turkey Leftovers

Turkeys are awesome for living on a tight budget! It's one of the cheapest meats (especially if you get a free one around the holidays), it's healthy and they freeze well. Yet I don't see a whole lot of recipes out there that call for turkey. Maybe that's because you can basically substitute turkey for chicken in most recipes. Well, here are 4 of our favorites.  They are all family recipes that originally call for chicken but you can't tell the difference when you substitute turkey.

 Turkey Bundles

2-3 c leftover cooked turkey
6 T softened cream cheese
3-4 chopped green onions (including green parts)
2 T milk
3 T melted butter
2 package crescent rolls (without seams)

Combine all ingredients except crescent rolls and mix until well combined.  Open up rolls and cut into 6 squares.  Flatten out squares a bit.  Place a spoonful of turkey mixture into center of each crescent square. 

   Bring corners up to center and seal edges together to make little bundles.  Place on cookie sheet and cook at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  Enjoy!

 Turkey Tetrazine

2 c cooked turkey
1 8 oz package spaghetti
1/2 c chopped onion
1/2 c chopped green pepper
1/2 c chopped celery
1/4 c melted oleo (butter)
1/2 t celery salt
2 pimentos
salt and pepper
speck of cayenne
3 t flour
2 c milk (or 1 c broth and 1 c milk)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 c sharp cheddar cheese, grated + more for sprinkling on top
1/2 c breadcrumbs

Boil noodles according to package.  Saute onions, pepper and celery in butter.  Slowly stir in flour and cook until thick.  Then add seasonings and cheese.  Stir until melted.  Add 2 c milk, pimentos, noodles, chopped turkey and soup.  Turn into shallow dish and cover with breadcrumbs and more cheese.  Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 min.  This is good to freeze ahead also.  Don't top with breadcrumbs and cheese before freezing.

Turkey Stuffing Casserole 

(sorry, no picture of this one)
2 lb cooked turkey
1 can cream of celery soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 small carton of sour cream
1 package stuffing mix
1 T butter
2 c water

Butter a 9X13 pan and place turkey on the bottom.  Mix soups and sour cream and pour on top of chicken.  Sprinkle stuffing mix on top of mixture.  Microwave 1 T butter and 2 c water until hot.  Pour over dressing.  Bake at 325 for 50 min to one hour.

Turkey Broccoli Casserole (a regular at our house)

1 c uncooked rice (I usually use brown rice but allow extra time for boiling)
2 c water
1 1/2 c cooked broccoli
1-1 1/2 c cooked chicken or turkey
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 t lemon juice
1/2 t curry powder
3/4 c grated cheddar cheese
1/2 c mayo

Boil rice in 2 c water.  Boil broccoli and drain.  Put broccoli in casserole dish.  Layer cooked chicken over broccoli.  Mix soup, mayo, lemon juice, curry powder, rice and 1/2 c cheese.  Pour over chicken.  Sprinkle remaining cheese on top and then top with breadcrumbs (or cracker crumbs).  Bake 20-30 minutes at 350 degrees. 

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