One of the greatest meals I recently cooked was a seven lb. turkey breast. The reason it was so great was because we ate from it on and off for the next five days! Every time I thought we’d finish it, there was more for the next meal. Enjoying leftovers makes a cook’s job worth it: it gives the opportunity to keep the kitchen a little cleaner, and get a break from dealing with ingredients, pots, and pans. Leftovers, however, are tricky. While some look forward to the marrying of the flavors that occurs overnight, others eye Tupperware with disdain. I have some friends whose husbands won’t touch leftovers, not even if they come from the finest restaurant. The key to not getting bored with leftovers is to do different things with them. If we’d eaten a plain plate of turkey day after day, we’d have gone crazy by day two. If you’re looking for something that will make your life easier for the next few days, get a turkey breast from your local grocer and give this list a try.
A crunchy turkey sandwich
The actual preparation of the turkey breast is quite easy. I’ve made it twice recently- once roasted in the oven, which is the traditional preparation, and once in the crock pot, loosely following the directions of Make it Fast, Cook it Slow. The author recommends a stick of butter and two cups of white wine, but to keep it a little healthier, we did half a stick of butter, one cup of broth, and one cup of wine. The first night we had it with vegetables, mashed potatoes, and fruit, and it felt like a mini-Thanksgiving. After that we got creative. At times it felt like the turkey would never go away, but when it did, I was sad to know the bounty had come to an end.
If you’re feeling stumped, here are the top 10 ways we use up extra turkey:
- Piled on a toasted crusty roll, with melted cheese (as above)
- Chunks of turkey in vegetable/rice soup
- Tetrazzini casserole
- Wrapped in a tortilla with your favorite fixin’s, rice, beans, salsa, and cheese are all good ones
- In between two pieces of bread (my husband’s first choice: All-American with mayo, lettuce, tomato, and bacon)
- Mixed with some ranch dressing and eaten with whole wheat crackers
- Atop a homemade pizza
- Stir-fried with some veggies in a terriyaki sauce
- Added to a bowl of pasta
- Under the crust of a bubbly pot-pie