Saturday, November 29, 2014

Three Must-Have's

We cooked about 30 pounds of turkey this year ~ but I'm not sure if I have enough left over.......

We had a pretty big crowd for dinner; so even though I cooked about 30 pounds of turkey, (Mr. C stuffed and wrestled a 22 pound bird on the big day, and I cooked an additional turkey breast (for our gluten-free gal) and 8 extra turkey thighs the day before) ~~  I'm still not sure I have enough leftovers to make it to recipe #3.  I have been known to cook another turkey breast just to have enough "left-overs" to make the full rotation of my favorite left-over recipes.......I'm sharing my top three with you today ~

Post-Thanksgiving Must Have #1 

Black Friday Turkey Salad (Serves 8)

1/2 C (or more) mayonnaise
3 T prepared yellow mustard
2 T crumbled cooked bacon (I use Costco's!)
3/4 C shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 C finely chopped pepperoncini
1/8 t crushed red pepper flakes
Salt to taste

Stir together, then add

2 C coarsely chopped leftover turkey

This is good enough you will want to double the recipe!  I like to use Costco's pretzel rolls for little "mini" sandwiches.

Post Thanksgiving Must-Have #2

Southwestern Turkey Soup

Prep Time:  15 minutes
Cook Time:  30 minutes
Servings:  8 servings

1 1/2 C shredded cooked turkey
4 C vegetable or chicken broth
1 (28 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes
1 (4 ounce) can chopped green Chile peppers
2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 T lime juice
1/2 t cayenne pepper
1/2 t ground cumin
Salt and pepper to taste

1 avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
Fresh cilantro, chopped
1 C shredded Monterey Jack cheese
Tortilla chips

In a large pot over medium heat, combine all ingredients (except for the toppings!), bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 15-20 minutes.

Spoon into serving bowls and top with shredded cheese, avocado, fresh cilantro, and crushed tortilla chips.   

MY NOTE:   I always make my own broth from my turkey carcass for this, but you can buy vegetable or chicken stock.  

Also, you can add whatever else you have on hand.  I usually add a can of black beans and a can of corn, feels a little more Southwest-y to me.   If you have left-over celery and other veggies, toss those in, too.  You can also slice up those left-over olives and use as garnish. 

You might find you want a little more spice; we are pretty fond of "Slap Ya Mama", a mild Cajun seasoning,  at our house. 

We had a really nice crowd for Thanksgiving dinner ~ hopefully I have enough leftover turkey to make it to 

Post Thanksgiving Must-Have #3

 Turkey Tetrazzini

Prep Time:  30 minutes
Cook Time:  25 mintues
Servings:  4 servings

For the sauce, in a 3 quart saucepan, combine:
1 1/4 C milk or half & half
3/4 C chicken broth
2 T cornstarch
1/2 t salt
1/2 t garlic powder
1/8 t pepper

Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and add:
1/4 C grated Parmesean cheese
2 T dry white wine
1 4 oz can mushrooms
2 oz chopped pimento
2 C chopped cooked turkey
8 oz cooked spaghetti (I like whole grain spaghetti for this)

Pour it all into a greased casserole dish
Top with Parmesean cheese and 2 T sliced almonds
Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes, or until brown & bubbly.

So there you go, hope you try and enjoy at least one of these!   

And, by the way ~ the cute little pumpkin place-card holders?  Those will make a re-appearance as my "Roasted Pumpkin Soup" this weekend.  (See "Pumpkin Soup in the Pumpkin" for the recipe).  The grandbabies are coming over to decorate our Christmas tree while Great-Grandma is here, this will be dinner that night.  They are so excited to get to "eat" their pumpkin!


  1. As a fortunate guest I can attest, this dinner was amazing...It was so nice to try new recipes and see first hand how others traditions from our own..
    I loved everything I tried.But there was so much I got full before I was able to try it all...Highlights for me were...Turkey was great, glazed carrots, stuffed mushrooms, sage dressing, yams!!! All looked so delicious!!!

    1. We always welcome appreciative eaters at our table, JR! Your favorites are all pretty much standard fare at our Thanksgiving feast. I use the sweet potato casserole in the recipe book you gave me; and Beata gets credit for the stuffed mushrooms, which I thought were spectacular. Of course Mr. C is the guy who turns out a perfect bird every time, even when it's 22 pounds! And the sage dressing is his signature dish ~ It was special to have your homemade dinner rolls, and your family is right ~ your mashed potatoes are perfection! Thanks for sharing the day with us ~


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