Menu Plan Monday: What to do With Turkey!
Monday, December 29, 2008
Menu Plan Monday is hosted by Org Junkie.
As I have posted before, this Christmas I cooked Birdzilla. Birdzilla was a 30 lb. turkey. She took 9 hours. She was good.
And she is still here. I have many Tupperware containers in my freezer full of Birdzilla. So let's talk turkey this morning! Leftovers, that is.
First of all, never ever throw out a turkey carcass. That's prize stuff, right there! Turkey stock is very easy to make and very tasty, and extremely healthy!
I simply put all the bones in a stock pot and cover with water. Throw in about 3 carrots, an onion, a bunch of peppercorns, 5 garlic cloves, and 3 pieces of celery (I use the leaves and the tops and all those pieces I don't eat). You can also throw in the turkey neck and other parts you didn't cook.
Now just simmer it for a few hours. It'll taste wonderful, and smell wonderful, and then you can freeze it in Tupperware containers in manageable doses so that you can use it whenever you need chicken stock for soups or casseroles or whatever.
Let's move on to other things with Turkey:
4 cups turkey stock
3/4 cup diced chopped turkey
1 cup peas
1 cup diced carrots and celery
1/2 cup macaroni, or egg noodles
Simmer for about 20 minutes, and then add salt and pepper or garlic or whatever spices you want. It's really yummy. I usually at least double this, but you get the picture.
6 cups cooked rice
1 tin cream of mushroom/broccoli/celery soup
1 tin gravy (or leftover gravy!)
2 cups vegetables
2 cups cooked turkey
1/2 cup soup cream
Season with salt & pepper, garlic, and whatever spice mixes you like.
Mix everything together and put in a 9x14 pan. Add 1 cup shredded cheese and 1/2 cup breadcrumbs to the top. Cook at 400 for 25 minutes. Enjoy!
I use the recipe here. It's great! And it uses up leftover gravy, too!
(Which is a fancy way of saying turkey in a cream sauce with egg noodles and mushrooms. Very, very good.) Again, I use the recipe here.
I'm not making all of these turkey dishes this week, but maybe you can make use of some of these recipes!
Monday: Turkey Tettrazzini
It's just so good I've got to!
Tuesday: Beef Roast
The kids are getting a little sick of Birdzilla. It's time to make Bessie the cow again. We bought half a cow earlier this year, and I just love having beef to make when I need to!
Wednesday: Beef Soup & Buns
I like an easy meal on New Year's Eve! We're going to be snacking all night with friends, anyway! For the beef soup, I use the leftovers from the roast, add it to beef stock, and add barley and vegetables. Very good. We're big on soups here, and they're so affordable!
Thursday: Homemade Pizza
I have a ton of youth coming over the afternoon of New Year's Day, and we're going to do homemade pizzas, where they can put on their own toppings. Otherwise everybody always complains!
Friday: Salmon & Rice
This is Mommy's favourite. The kids and the hubby are slowly getting more used to fish, but I do try to cook it once a week.
Saturday: Turkey Casserole
It's time for Birdzilla again!
What are you eating this week?
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posted @ 8:44 AM