Shepherd’s Pie is a great way to use up any mashed potatoes or any other Thanksgiving leftovers you have left. I used 1 can of sweet peas and 1 can of sliced carrots, and I added what little corn I had left from Thanksgiving. I used up my leftover veggies, my thanksgiving mashed potatoes, and the remaining turkey that hadn’t been frozen yet. I also used a mixture of light and dark meat. As always, my recipe is very forgiving and versatile, and making it your own is encouraged!
Chop a medium onion (1 cup) and cook in butter/oil (5 Tbsp) until translucent.
Once that is cooked, you can add any uncooked veggies you desire (corn, peas, carrots), cook until soft, then add any other veggies you have left or desire.
Dice up any turkey you have left maxing at about 3 cups for a hearty meal, then add to the veggies. Add 1 Tbsp of ground thyme and dried sage (or any other variety of the 2 herbs).
Add 4 cups of turkey or chicken stock cook until hot, then slowly add flour while stirring to reduce clumping. Add flour until the mixture begins to form thick coating on your spoon (about 5 Tbsp).
Transfer mixture to a casserole dish and top with mashed potatoes and optional grated cheese.
Bake at 400 F for 15 minutes or until hot and bubbling. Wait for it to cool about 35 minutes to serve.
After several days of thanksgiving dinners, we needed a break from the standard thanksgiving flavor, so I decided I would take my usual Chicken stir fry recipe and just substitute in some cooked turkey. If you don’t have Worcestershire sauce, you can use soy sauce and add garlic and onion (powder or minced). Sorry no photos this time! I’m still trying to remember to take some whenever I cook.
1 1/2 cup of cubed turkey
Frozen stir fry veggies
Cooked rice (for serving)
Start by placing 2 Tbsp of oil into a wok or dutch oven and heat to medium-high.
Carefully add the Turkey and cook till you begin to see color
Add the frozen veggies and any ice in the bag. Add 4 Tbsps of Worcestershire sauce, and 1 Tsp of ground ginger. Coat everything in the sauce and cook until veggies are hot.
Turkey Sandwiches are a staple of thanksgiving leftovers. This was the wrap I made my husband for lunch today, using up the last of the leftovers I had in the fridge. Though everyone makes their sandwiches different, this is the way that I learned. You can make this recipe by heating things up as I do to eat it now, or you can make it cold and reheat it, or you can just eat it cold. I put below the recipe for a sandwich, but you can do the same process (minus mayo) for a wrap. As you can see from my photo, I layered stuffing, turkey, then cranberry sauce.
Toast your bread.
Microwave 1 cup of stuffing, and about 1/2 cup of turkey till warm, about 1 minute.
Mayo both inside faces of your bread if you desire.
Layer turkey on one face and pack stuffing onto other mayo face.
Cut a thin slice of cranberry sauce and place on top of stuffing.
8 cups of Turkey Stock (You can also use Chicken Broth)
Medium Onion (1 Cup)
4 cups of Water
1 Chicken bouillon cube
About 6 oz of Egg Noodles
Start by Sauteing onion in a little bit of oil/butter in a Dutch Oven until translucent.
Add Turkey Stock and add cooked turkey. Bring to a simmer.
Add desired amount of herbs (I added 2 tsps of ground thyme and dried sage, but you can also add sprigs of herbs tied together, or add none if you already seasoned your stock).
Add about a half a bag of egg noodles, water, and a dissolved Chicken bouillon cube. Heat to a boil and cook covered till noodles are to your liking or about 25 minutes. Before serving, taste your broth and add more herbs and/or salt to taste (I added about 3 Tbsp of salt)
I had never made turkey stock before, but I know so many people say that stock is a must because it tastes so good. It also felt good to feel like I was using the entirety of the bird rather then throwing out a part that could be used; that is also part of the reason I tried cooking the giblets this year.
After thanksgiving and removing the meat from the bones, I placed plastic wrap over the carcass in the roasting pan and placed it in the fridge overnight and I don’t think that made a difference compared to cooking it right way. I took the largest pot I have, broke apart the bones as much as I could, put them into the pot, covered them with water, got the liquid to simmering with the lid on, then took the lid off and simmered it for 3 1/2 hours. You can also add herbs like sprigs of thyme and sage to get the thanksgiving flavor into the stock, or veggies like onion, garlic or celery.
I used no seasoning because my cat likes the flavor and I don’t want to give him something that is bad for cats, ie onion or garlic, from what I’ve heard.
If you choose not to season it like I did, I have found I need to add salt, because I like a more savory broth. I also add some onion, and sage and thyme to my soup when I’m cooking it.
Get largest pot, and place broken up turkey bones into pot (and neck if you kept it)
Cover bones in pot with water and get to a boil, add additional veggies/herbs
Once boiling, reduce heat to simmer and simmer for 3-3.5 hours
Place larger bones into strainer, then strain remaining stock through strainer into another dutch oven.
If you want less matter in you stock, strain again through cheese cloth
Sock is good in the fridge for a week or can be frozen for 3 months