Sunday, October 18, 2015


Thanksgiving is done, atleast in Canada.  We've consumed lot of stuffing, cranberries, yams, potatoes, carrots, and of course turkey!  So what do we do with all those left overs!?  Well, if you've kept your carcass you have soup; but that's not all!  Here is a list of dish combinations that you can make to keep everyone interested and you using up those leftovers!  

Turkey broth - place your turkey bones in the largest pot you have, fill up the pot until the water just covers the bones.  Add in 1 onion, 2 carrots broken up by hand, and 2-3 stocks of celery, a bayleaf, and some thyme.  Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to just above a simmer (maybe medium low).  Let still simmer about 4-6 hours and then strain it.  Let the mixture coolest in the fridge overnight, then the fat should have hardened and you can just pull it out.  To freeze you have 2 options.  Option a- use a cleaned out milk jug (4l size) and pour the broth in there, OR you could use ice cube trays and freeze the broth into ice cubes to be used later as needed.  

Turkey "shepherds" pie - uses carrots, peas, corn, onion, turkey.  You can use both your yams (or sweet potatoes) with your white potatoes for the top.  Plus, if you used your carcass for broth it works well for this dish.

1/2 cup each of carrots, peas, and corn
1 onion
2-3 cups of turkey meat roughly chopped into chucks (1.5-2" approx)
1/2 cup each of butter and all purpose flour 
3 cups of quality turkey or chicken stock (recipe above)
2 cups of mashed potatoes
1 cup of mashed yams
1 cup of cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Pre heat your oven to 375f.  Melt the butter in a skillet or frying pan, add in the veg and stir over. medium high heat for 4-5 minutes to warm up the veggies.  Add in the flour and stir to create a roux with the vegetables.
2. Once the flour looks like it is incorporated and it looks mushy add in 3 cups of turkey or chicken stock, and keep stirring until it starts to thicken.
3. Add in the turkey meat and warm it slightly. Add salt and pepper to taste.
4. Transfer to a baking dish large enough to hold it, either a 9x9 glassware oven proof pan or a round baking disk.
5. Combine the potatoes and yams and put on top of the turkey veg mixture.  Spread it out and add the cheese on top.
6. Bake covered at first for 20 minutes, then uncovered for 10 minutes to brown the cheese slightly.
7. Let cool for about 5 minutes then serve it up!  

Awesome Turkey Sandwich
You can really use your turkey here for a great sandwich!
1) grab your self some rectangular ciabatta buns
2) slather on mayo and butter
3) start turkey on the bottom, then add stuffing, lettuce, cranberries and top it off
4) eat!

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