How to Turn Your Leftover Turkey Into a Gourmet Meal According to My Freakishly Type-A Cooking Genius Friend (Plus Killer Advice!)

I've decided I'm going to eat Thanksgiving-themed meals every day for the rest of my life. Here's how you can, too.
Publish date:
November 23, 2012
cooking, food, recipes, advice, Thanksgiving, Turkey

I spent Thanksgiving with my beautiful, sexy, brilliant friend who gave me tons of awesome advice and even more awesome recipes for turkey leftovers. Here's a taste of both.

My BSBF's Best Life Advice in 10 Easy Steps

1. If a guy is making you unhappy 51 percent of the time, it's time to dump him.

2. Make sure you have a BHAG in your life. That's business-school speak for "Big Hairy Audacious Goal."

3. When you're packing for a trip, never bring more than you can carry on the plane and always pack your Ferrari of hair dryers (she recommends the Barbar 3800 -- it is the gift of both time and good hair).

4. If you find yourself in a legal bind, don't take what people tell you initially to be the final answer. Keep asking the same questions to different people. (i.e., if you get a ticket don't think there's nothing you can do but pay for it -- or if you're having trouble with your lease, don't think there's no way out).

5. Nice guys are the best guys. Looks fade.

6. Buy yourself a present every year on your birthday because you're worth it.

7. Everybody has issues with their family so embrace yours or let it go. But know that you're not alone. (Or to put it more bluntly: You're not original.)

8. Be selfish in bed.

9. When your Brazilian bikini waxer starts talking about how she's into swinging, it's time to find a new Brazilian bikini waxer.

10. Always welcome into your home a friend to share the day with on big holidays (SHE'S TALKING ABOUT ME, YOU GUYS!!!) because nothing is better than having your friends around you.

And now for the most delicious leftover Thanksgiving recipes of all time.

Gobble-Gobble Leftover Turkey Soup

1. Take a large soup pot and put in the turkey carcass (bones and all), gravy, stuffing and probably throw in some carrots and celery for good measure.

2. Cover everything in water, about an inch above.

3. Bring it to a boil.

4. Cover it.

5. Let it simmer for an hour or two, depending on how fragrant you want your soup to be.

6. Remove all the bones.

7. If you want to make it extra yummy, add in shredded cheddar or three-cheese blend and top it with sour cream because sour cream makes everything better.


Black Friday Enchiladas

1. Take corn tortillas and fry them for 2 seconds on each side in Canola Oil.

2. Take a quarter of a cup of leftover turkey and diced onion and roll it up in the corn tortilla and place the rolled up tortillas side by side in a baking pan.

3. Fill it up until the baking dish is full.

4. Take a can of Wolf-brand chili (or whatever comparable brand you can find) with no beans and mix it with a cup of chicken broth. Again, no beans.

5. Pour it over the rolled-up tortillas.

6. Sprinkle shredded cheddar or three-blend cheese over the tortillas.

7. Bake it in the oven at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes until the cheese is melted.


OMG It's So Freaking Good Turkey Pot Pie

1. Buy a pie crust in a tin.

2. Melt some butter in a large skillet and add some onion, celery, carrots and other spices like salt and pepper. Cook until the vegetables are soft on a medium heat.

3. Add in two cups of chicken stock.

4. Bring to a boil.

5. Add two large diced potatoes.

6. Cook until the potatoes are cooked through.

7. In another pan, melt two tablespoons of butter and stir in three tablespoons of flour.

8. Add in about a cup and a half of leftover turkey and a half a cup of milk.

9. Stir it into the vegetables.

10. Cook until thickened.

11. Pour the mixture into your unbaked pie shell.

12. Add a pre-made crust on top.

13. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for approximately 40 minutes until the crust is golden-brown.

Dig in!

'Tis the Season Turkey Stroganoff

1. Put half of an onion, diced and one clove of garlic minced in olive oil in a sautee pan and cook until softened.

2. Add a pound of leftover turkey meat.

3. Stir in two tablespoons of flour, a quarter teaspoon of pepper and a quarter teaspoon of salt.

4. Add a can of cream of chicken soup. And add a can of mushrooms, drained, or a cup of fresh mushrooms.

5. Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.

6. Stir in one cup of sour cream.

7. Cook until evenly heated and then serve over rice or noodles.


What is your favorite after-Thanksgiving recipe? Do you think my friend's advice is good or totally wrong? How about her recipes? Did you have three servings of food like I did? Discuss.


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