Today is National Sink Day! What the heck is that? Well, it is the day you celebrate by eating leftovers over the sink! Ha! I know a bunch of you just might have some turkey leftovers hanging out in your refrigerator. So I’m here to help you out with that! I found 11 awesome leftover turkey recipes!
Did you know that more than 90% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving Day? That’s a heck of a lot of leftover turkey! Other popular dishes include bread or cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, corn and green bean casserole. In fact, it is estimated that more than 40 million green bean casseroles are served on Thanksgiving.
What to do with the leftovers? Here are some great recipes to help you out!
Turkey Alphabet Soup by Noble Pig
Apparently TV dinners originated from Thanksgiving leftovers. In 1953, someone at Swanson misjudged the number frozen turkeys they would sell. They came up with the plan of slicing them up, and repackaging them with side dishes in a little metal divided tray. The first TV dinner was born!
Leftover Turkey and Sweet Potato Hash by The Weather in Cascadia
If it had been up to Ben Franklin, the turkey would be our national bird. An eagle, he wrote in a letter to his daughter, had “bad moral character.” A turkey, on the other hand, was a “much more respectable bird.”
Leftover Turkey Frittata Recipe by Domestic Fits
Feeling sleepy after your Thanksgiving meal? That is because turkey meat contains tryptophan, an amino acid that can make you sleepy. But, believe it or not, all meat contains some amounts of tryptophan. Even foods such as cheese, nuts and shellfish have it! So why are you so tired after Thanksgiving dinner?
The mix of all the carbs such as stuffing, sweet potatoes, bread, pie and sugary sweets combined with the tryptophan make a body want to go take a long winter nap!
Cajun 15-Bean Soup with Smoked Turkey by Hurst Bean Blog
The cranberry is actually one of only three fruits that are native to North America and it is served at 94% of Thanksgiving dinners.
Our farmers also grow 2.6 billion pounds of sweet potatoes annually. Some cooks prefer candied sweets, a dish first found in print in 1896, which adds brown sugar to the mix. Some folks cover them in marshmallows, a recipe invented in 1917 by a company eager to introduce its mass-produced marshmallows to home cooks.
Homemade Turkey Pot Pie by One Hundred Dollars a Month
Did you know? Wild turkeys can fly for short bursts at speeds of up to 55 miles per hour. The myth of turkeys’ inability to fly stems from the fact that many domestic turkeys cannot fly. They are too weighed down by their own meat. These birds have been selectively bred to be much heavier and possess a larger, broader breast, essentially making them unable to fly.
Leftover Turkey with Rigatoni by Goodalls of Ireland
A woman named Dorcas Reilly of the Campbell Soup Company’s home-economics department came up the the Green Bean Casserole recipe in 1955. It was based on two ingredients many Americans tended to have on hand: canned green beans and canned cream of mushroom soup.
Leftover Turkey Nachos by Corcoran Street Kitchen
Ultimate Leftover Turkey Sandwich by McCormick
Turkey Cannelloni from Ontario Turkey
Here in the south, the stuffing is traditionally made from cornbread. In other parts of the country, it is made from white bread. Folks may not agree on the bread type, but all seem to feel it is a necessary side dish for turkey. Ingredients often added to the stuffing include: oysters, apples, chestnuts, raisins, celery and/or other vegetables, sausage or the turkey’s giblets.
Rosemary Turkey Squares by Taste and Tell Blog
Ever heard of the Turducken? A turducken is a de-boned turkey stuffed with a de-boned duck, which itself is stuffed with a small de-boned chicken. The cavity of the chicken and the rest of the gaps are filled with a highly seasoned breadcrumb mixture and sometimes even sausage! This “frankenbird” originated out of Louisiana and has become increasingly popular.
Homestyle Harvest Turkey Salad by Kraft
So go grab that leftover turkey and make something fabulous! Enjoy you holiday weekend! And between you and me…you don’t have to eat over the sink if you don’t want to! Ha!
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