What Do You Do With All That Leftover Turkey?

By: Jessica Zartler Email
By: Jessica Zartler Email

If you're like us here at 11 News, then you probably have loads of leftover turkey in your fridge--and are probably not looking forward to yet another cold sandwich. We went to the experts to find out just what can you do with all that turkey?

Chefs say--a lot. From turkey casserole to turkey strudel to turkey lasagna, they say it just takes a little spice and some different ingredients to make it feel like a brand new meat.

"It can be really untraditionally Thanksgiving-ish so it's not like, oh, turkey again? It can turn out really great," Kathleen Krause of Kosher Catering and Personal Chef Services told 11 News on Sunday.

If you really are completely sick of turkey, Krause says it holds up well in the freezer.

But if you want to try something new, here are a few of Kathleen's recipes:

Thanksgiving Casserole

2 cups of stuffing
1 cups of turkey
1 cup of gravy
1 cups of cranberries
1 1/2 cup of mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes

In a 1 or 2 quart casserole dish, spray with cooking spray and line the dish with the stuffing. Padding the dressing down to form a base.
Spread the cranberries over the stuffing base.
Add the turkey over the stuffing, then poor the gravy over the stuffing.
Top off with the mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes.
Bake for 30 mins. in a 350 oven.

Turkey Noodle Soup

2 cups of bite size turkey
2 large celery stalks chopped
2 carrots sliced
1 onion chopped
Wide egg noddle pasta (16 oz)
2 cans (16 oz) soup broth - chicken or vegetable

saute the carrots, celery, onion and turkey in 2 TBSP of olive oil. When onions are tender add broth and let it come to a boil. Add pasta and let cook until done. Add more water or both to pot if needed. season with parsley and pepper.

Curry Turkey Strudel

1 Onion Chopped
2 Carrots chopped
1 Zucchini chopped
12 oz potatoes peeled and chopped
1 cup bite size turkey
2 tbsp butter or margarine
2 tsp curry
1/2 tsp thyme
2/3 cup water
salt & pepper to taste
1 egg beaten
1 tbsp cream
1/2 cup cheese, grated - swiss
filo pastry

Fry onions, carrots, zucchini and potatoes in butter or margarine for 5 minutes. Add curry and cook for one more minute. Add thyme, water, turkey and seasoning for 10 minutes.
Allow mixture to cool. Mix in the egg, cream and cheese. cool until ready to fill and roll.
melt 2 Tbsp of margarine or butter. Use four sheets of filo, over lapping them every four sections.
Brush with the butter or margarine and spoon the filling along one long edge, then roll up the pastry.
One can form a circle or leave it straight. Brush the top of the pastry and bake on a greased cookie sheet for 25 minutes at 375.

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