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Pre-Game Meal: What To Do With All That Turkey Edition (A GameThread)


(Following this nut-shot, Toodles failed to get a pardon.)

OK, so you're tired of turkey but you still have a ton of it in the fridge. You're also kind of tired of being in the kitchen but you feel like kind of a pig just throwing all the leftovers into a single bowl and dumping a bit of gravy over the top. It's tempting, but not cool. Leave that sort of thing to KFC.

Here are two simple ways in which you can get rid of some of those turkey leftovers.

Half-Assed Turkey Tetrazzini

  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 diced onion
  • Leftover veggies (preferably mushrooms and peas)
  • Spaghetti noodles
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • Whatever wine you used on Thanksgiving
  • Thyme, 1-2 t, very finely chopped
  • Same amount lemon juice, not chopped
  • Leftover turkey
  • Whatever cheese you have in your fridge. Preferably a hard cheese like Parmesan, but any will do.

Preheat the oven to 450.

Cook all of the veggies until they are roughly the same consistency. If you are using leftover veggies, I'll leave this up to you, but if you are using fresh ones, saute the onion and shrooms for about 10 minutes in 1/2 of the stick of butter before seasoning with S&P.

While the veggies are getting prepped, boil some water for your pasta. Add the pasta and cook.

Once the veggies are finished, make a roux by placing the remaining butter in a pan over medium-high heat and stir for about 2 minutes before slowly adding the chicken stock. Reduce heat to medium and in a separate bowl combine the remaining ingredients along with your veggies and turkey. Drain the pasta and keep about 1/4-1/2 cup of the pasta water. Add the pasta to the bowl and mix in the chicken stock mixture. Add the pasta water if your mix is not moist enough.

Sprinkle with some bread crumbs or even some leftover stuffing/dressing and bake for 15 minutes.

BBQ Potatoes in a Bowl

  • Leftover turkey, preferably a nice mix of white and dark meat.
  • Mashed potatoes
  • 1/2 onion, finely diced
  • Your favorite BBQ sauce
Place the mashed potatoes in a bowl and nuke 'em for 1 minute. While the microwave is going, place your turkey on a cutting board and hack the hell out of it with a meat cleaver. When the potatoes are finished, sprinkle the turkey and diced onion over the top and then add BBQ sauce according to taste. Enjoy.

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