What I love about Turkey, is that I can make the turkey on Monday, and try any one of these other recipes all week long and still keep the meals interesting! My favorite thing to do is to save the bones for that savory turkey soup stock. The Turkey Pho soup worked out real well for this family, and it taught me how to heat up the whole seeds in the frying pan for a more deliciously seasoned soup. If you are looking for new ways to add seasonings to your dishes, lead with the Turkey Pho Soup. But even before you make the turkey pho soup, make the turkey stock, and with one modification, add a garnet sweet potato to the stock for extra depth of flavor.
Basic Turkey Stock
No matter how much you eat at the Thanksgiving table, when all is said and done there’s a mangled carcass left behind. Instead of throwing it out, make turkey stock. It can be used anywhere chicken stock is, from soup to main courses.
Turkey Pho Soup
Author Notes: Pho (pronounced “fuh”) is a traditional Vietnamese noodle soup typically made with beef. It can also be made with chicken (which is known as pho ga), seafood, or in this case, turkey (definitely not traditional!). Apart from toasting the spices (very important…don’t skip this step), this is very simple to make, particularly if you use store-bought chicken stock. It’s a little austere with just the kale (perfect for the days after Thanksgiving as far as I’m concerned), and you are welcome to add additional vegetables. Traditional pho uses rice noodles but I prefer it with cellophane (bean thread) noodles. This recipe was inspired by Jaden Hair’s recipe for Chicken Pho. – WinnieAB
Turkey Lemon and Barley Soup
Like turkey soup but want to change things up a bit this year with your turkey leftovers? Now here’s a detour from tradition, a riff on a classic Middle Eastern lemon chicken soup. The strong flavor of turkey meat holds up beautifully to the acidic lemon and bright turmeric, cumin, and ginger spices. The addition of barley gives the soup body. We used turkey stock from the carcass of a roast turkey, but you could easily use chicken stock.
I know it’s a little early to think about Thanksgiving leftovers, but believe me, time goes by so crazy fast! Once the big meal is over, even after the late-night refrigerator raid (you sneak in and pick at the turkey in the refrigerator too, right?!), we’ll always have more than enough leftover turkey for Turkey Gumbo.
Turkey Stew with Root Vegetables
One of my father’s favorite dishes to make in the winter is a hearty turkey stew with lots of root vegetables like rutabagas, turnips, and carrots. It’s warming, filling, and a big batch will last all week for several meals of leftovers. It’s also very easy on the budget, which is probably why we had it so much growing up.
Turkey Meatballs with Giada de Laurentiis
Check out Giada De Laurentiis’s mini turkey meatball recipe.