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Old 11-19-2012, 03:56 PM
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I had to tell everyone:

Yesterday (Sunday), I made my turkey. When it was done, I strained the drippings and made my gravy. The turkey was cool enough to handle by that time so I lopped off each breast and froze them. Same with the legs. The rest of the turkey was pulled off the bones and portioned into one pound servings and froze those, except what I kept out to eat.

I had a variety of veggies roasting in the oven in the meantime. When they were done, they all went into a massive pot, along with the entire turkey carcass (still hate that word) and inedible pieces. I made two gallons of rich turkey stock! I'm SO glad I made the stock the same day because I would not have felt like doing it today or tomorrow!

Useless Turkey Trivia Fact: Did you know that when you simmer a whole turkey carcass (ew!) for six hours, and everything falls off the bones, that those bones all fit into an empty one QUART ice cream container?! Seriously! I couldn't believe it! Then again, this isn't exactly "useless." You can use it as an excuse to buy and eat a quart of ice cream! (My ice cream had a joke on the box! It said, "Serves 6." ROFL!!! I've yet to meet those other five people!)

So, what am I going to do on Thanksgiving Day? Simple. I'm staying in my jammies and spending the day with Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn. Relaxing, fun, peaceful... Don't worry. I won't starve. I'm making three different flavors of popcorn (one for each movie of my triple feature): Curried Popcorn, Apple Pie Popcorn and Pumpkin Pie Popcorn! Wanna come? Bring your own jammies!
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Old 11-19-2012, 04:01 PM
Location: Woodinville
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Open faced sandwiches!!!!

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Old 11-19-2012, 08:06 PM
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Originally Posted by nmnita View Post
I have tried the dressing prepared outside of Ms or Mr Turkey, I just don't think it picks up the flavor as well.
I have to agree with you on the taste. Stuffing from the cavity opposed to outside the bird doesn't have quite the same flavor. It works but it's not quite the same.
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:34 AM
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I have found through many years of cooking Thanksgiving dinners, that dressing/stuffing cooked inside the bird makes the roasting time longer, ergo, more likely to dry out the turkey.

When I began making the Stuffin' Muffins, everyone seemed to love them because they all got some of the crunchy stuff. It was rare that I had any leftovers (I make particularly good stuffing) so I had to double up on the recipe in order to have some to eat later in the week and some to freeze for later in the year consumption.

It comes down to different strokes...
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Old 11-20-2012, 12:51 PM
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Turkey sandwiches and then turkey pot pie. No, its not a turkey pie with a crust. Its the turkey and broth cooked with celery and potatoes and flat squares of egg noodle dough somewhat similar to dumplings are cooked with it.
Add cole slaw or pepper cabbage, maybe some apple sauce on the side and rolls. yum.
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Old 11-21-2012, 11:55 AM
Location: East Terrell Hills
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I'll eat the Thanksgiving leftovers until Sunday. Roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing are my favorites. I'll eat my fill to last me until next Thanksgiving.
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Old 11-23-2012, 08:04 AM
Location: State of Being
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Default Turkey Leftovers!

I was surprised to find that many of my friends are not familiar with Turkey Tetrazzini. I have been making versions of the recipe for many years.

I thought folks might enjoy this crockpot version - put it on, walk away . . . dinner is served. I am going to be adding cranberry-orange relish and leftover sweet potato casserole to my tetrazzini tonight.

This particular recipe has substitutions that I have used in the past, i.e., I have chopped up green bell pepper as a substitute for the pimiento and used dehydrated onions in place of the fresh chopped onions. Also, I have used celery soup in place of the chicken soup.

Hope this simplifies dinner tonight for someone else out there with leftover turkey.

Crockpot Turkey Tetrazzini | Carolina Lifestyles
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Old 11-21-2018, 12:45 PM
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Default Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas

What are your favorite ideas and/or recipes for Thanksgiving leftovers?
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Old 11-21-2018, 01:01 PM
Location: Southwest Washington State
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While I will have some leftovers this year, they won’t be like a full turkey dinner type . I am sure we will simply eat leftover roast chicken, perhaps in sandwiches, mashed potatoes and Waldiorf salad.

When I do the big turkey dinner, I send turkey and dressing home with guests. And we eat warmed up turkey with leftover gravy and dressing, and then turkey sandwiches, and then turkey stir fry, and then the carcass will go into the Instant Pot to make turkey broth.

After a few days any remaining leftovers will be thrown out.
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Old 11-21-2018, 01:50 PM
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I make turkey salad with the dark meat and some homemade mayo.
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