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Turkey + 3 Ingredients =
Luscious Leftovers

by Kate Heyhoe


(Don't miss our special Thanksgiving Headquarters: A to Z)

You slaved in the kitchen for hours or even days preparing the perfect Thanksgiving meal. Let's face it: you're pooped!

Leftover turkey is great for just hacking off, sprinkling with salt and munching on, standing around the kitchen with family and friends. But sometimes you want a more substantial meal using the leftover bird, such as Rick Rodgers' Turkey Tetrazzini Gratin or a Mongolian Turkey and Broccoli Stir-Fry. Problem is, these recipes require getting back into the kitchen in a serious way, cutting and chopping and cooking again.

Luscious Leftovers

How about a simpler meal, one that comes together quickly and painlessly, but tastes like a world-class specialty? If this idea sounds appealing to you, consider what three ingredients you might pair with turkey to come up with a complete meal.


The "Turkey Plus Three-Ingredient" List

I've created two turkey-combo's to try: Mooshu Turkey and Turkey in Saffron Cream Sauce. But the possibilities are endless. Whether you pick stir-fry, sauté, hot casseroles, or cold salads, consider combining these ingredients with diced, cooked turkey:

Turkey plus...

  • Red enchilada sauce, grated cheese, corn tortillas = Turkey Enchiladas
  • Chicken broth, frozen wontons, bok choy or spinach = Turkey Wonton Soup
  • Ziti pasta, spaghetti sauce, grated mozzarella = Baked Ziti Casserole
  • Penne pasta, pesto sauce, grated Romano cheese = Turkey Pesto Toss
  • Potato, onion and bell pepper = Turkey Hash
  • Celery, sour cream, curry powder = Curried Turkey Salad
  • Crusty bread, cheddar cheese, sliced tomatoes = Turkey-Chedder Melt
  • Pears, gorgonzola cheese, Italian salad dressing = Turkey Pear Salad
  • Apples, pecans, blue cheese dressing = Turkey Pecan Salad
  • Barbecue sauce, toasted onion rolls, onion = BBQ Turkey Joes
  • Canned hominy, canned diced green chiles, chicken broth = New Mexican Turkey Posole
  • Grilled eggplant slices, spaghetti sauce, mozzarella = Turkey-eggplant Pizzettes
  • Creamed corn, kielbasa sausage, chicken broth = Turkey-Corn Chowder
  • Mustard, Cream, Pasta—Turkey and Pasta Dijon
  • Chinese 5-Spice, napa cabbage, green onion = 5-Spice Stir Fry
  • Teriyaki sauce, steamed white rice, shredded napa cabbage = Turkey-Teriyaki Rice Bowls

These are the basics, and a simple touch of a flavored pasta, sesame oil, garlic or spices can further heighten the flavors without a lot of effort.


Kate Heyhoe


Kate's Global Kitchen for November, 2000:

11/04/00     My, My American Pie: Pie-Making Pointers
11/11/00     Stuffing Tips and Free-Form Techniques
11/18/00     Better Tasting Turkeys: Drowning and Browning the Bird
11/25/00     Turkey + 3 Ingredients = Luscious Leftovers

Holiday Special: Thanksgiving Headquarters: A to Z


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