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Turkey Leftovers

I love this time of year when it's easy to get my hands on a cheap turkey that I can then use the receipt to submit an awesome rebate on.  I paid $3.42 for a 14 pound bird this year that I will receive a $10 rebate on.  That's a $6 money making turkey!   Yeehaw.  I'm sure Micheal Pollan (author of Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto) and others of the anti-industrialized food movement would shake his head in disgust at me for not buying a local/sustainable bird but this money making bird is one deal that is just too hard to pass up!  Besides, we grow a good portion of our vegetables on our little homestead so we are doing what we can, where we can, with the budget we have.

I'm not hosting Thanksgiving this year.   My dad and his partner is.  So that means, like last year, I have to figure out what the heck to do with the huge bird in my refrigerator.  No one wants to eat turkey for days straight, at least my family doesn't. 

Last year I roasted our turkey and then separated the meat and fork shredded it into 1 lb. portions.  I used the meat periodically to make turkey quesadillas (about every other week or so) for 3 months.  It was pretty incredible how long it lasted us and it was super convenient too. 

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This year I'm hoping to shake it up a bit. Perhaps I'll try a turkey posole, enchiladas or a hearty stew?  Do you know of any healthy turkey leftover recipes I should try?  Please do share.  I'm looking for ideas!


Mrsblocko said…
I haven't tried this recipe yet but I have it slated for thanksgiving leftovers:turkey cranchiladas
Aliceson said…
Wow, that is one heck of a deal! I'm doing a local bird (actually a chicken. Shhh, don't tell on me) again this year but I can tell you it was quite an investment. $28 for an 11lb bird. Ouch!

I like to make enchiladas with the leftovers and of course turkey (chicken) noodle soup with the carcass. When I spend that kind of money, I hate for any of it to go to waste.

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