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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Turkey Leftovers

So Friday means the start of Turkey leftovers.  Most people will have at least one more full meal of turkey and all the sides.  Then we start the slow decline into soup.  Here are some other ideas that may help

1. Instead of the usual fare, try Turkey Enchiladas or a stir-fry. It is easy to substitute turkey for chicken in any recipe.  Try a nice sour cream Poblano Sauce. Spice it up!

2. Make your own frozen dinners or lunches before anything is too old or dry to use.  That way you can have a new dish now and have the complete meal later.  The holiday season does present a lot of time challenges so having you second from Thanksgiving in a week or two is actually very good.

3. Dressing freezes very well. Portion out some small portions to use later with a Pork Roast.

4. Soup - If you like a hearty soup, then by all means clean the meat off the bones and cook the bones to make a soup base.  Adding some left over gravy will add more taste.  Just be sure to boil the bones and then take them out before adding any other ingredients.  If you just want to make stock then freeze it that is a good idea too.

5. Left over cranberries can be frozen for up to a year.  Relish will last about a week in the fridge.

Above all else - be sure to put the food away after dinner as soon as possible.  If something has been left out too long, it could make you ill.