5 ideas for Thanksgiving leftovers

This week Calgarians will have dinner taken care of — mostly in the form of leftover turkey resurrected in sandwiches, casseroles and soup. CBC food and nutrition columnist Julie Van Rosendaal has a few other delicious dishes you may want to try.

Going cold turkey? CBC Calgary food and nutrition columnist Julie Van Rosendaal has some suggestions

Here are a few delicious dishes you may not have thought of for that leftover turkey. (Courtesy Julie Van Rosendaal)

This week Calgarians will have dinner taken care of — mostly in the form of leftover turkey resurrected in sandwiches, casseroles and soup.

  • Hear all of Julie's leftover ideas by clicking on the "Listen" button to the left.

If you picked up a Big Bird and wound up with more than you have room for in the freezer, here are a few delicious dishes you may not have thought of that will make use of some of your other leftovers too.

Sweet & Sour Turkey

In a large skillet, saute some veggies: onion, peppers, broccoli and pea pods work well.

Add 1 Tbsp. cornstarch and stir to coat, then stir in a cup of turkey stock, ¼ cup ketchup, 2 Tbsp. brown sugar, 2 Tbsp. rice vinegar and 1 Tbsp. soy sauce.

Bring to a boil and cook until thickened, then stir in chopped leftover turkey and a can of drained pineapple chunks and heat through. Serve over rice.

(Courtesy Julie Van Rosendaal)

Turkey Noodle Salad

Crush a bag of Ichiban noodles, then open it up and shake the contents out onto a baking sheet and remove the flavour packet. Add a handful of sliced almonds and toast in the oven until everything smells nutty. Mound a generous amount of thinly-sliced cabbage or coleslaw mix in a shallow bowl.

Shake ¼ cup canola oil, 2-3 Tbsp. sugar, 3-4 Tbsp. rice vinegar and a sprinkle of the seasoning packet in a jar and shake it up. Add the toasted almonds and noodles to the slaw, add some chopped roasted turkey and some leftover peas, and drizzle with dressing. Serves as many as you want to.

(Courtesy Julie Van Rosendaal)

Turkey Fried Rice

Start with cold leftover rice — the grains are more separate and won’t clump together. Drizzle some canola or olive oil and a bit of sesame oil in a large, heavy skillet. Cook the rice until it starts to sizzle and turn golden. Push it aside and crack some eggs into one side, stir to cook and scramble them.

Add finely chopped carrots, Brussels sprouts, peas  whatever veggies you like  and chopped leftover turkey. Season with soy sauce and serve.

(Courtesy Julie Van Rosendaal)

Turkey Tacos

Shred leftover turkey and toss with chili powder and salsa — or heat a skillet and saute some onions, then add turkey, chili powder and canned tomatoes or salsa and cook until heated through and thickened. Serve in hard taco shells or soft tortillas with grated cheese, chopped tomatoes, lettuce, guacamole, or whatever you like on your taco.

(Courtesy Julie Van Rosendaal)

Butter Turkey

Any butter chicken recipe can be made with chopped leftover turkey in place of the chicken or pick up a jar of premade sauce.

  • Check out Julie's recipe on the Calgary Eyeopener website here.

Or saute some onions until soft, add chopped roasted turkey and some crushed ginger and garlic, then a spoonful of butter chicken curry paste and a big splash of cream (you have some left over, right?). Serve hot over rice or with naan.

(Courtesy Julie Van Rosendaal)


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