Turkey Leftovers

Christmas is right around the corner and the thoughts of turkey dinners is dancing around in everyone’s mind! But what do with all the turkey leftovers?

As I researched some ideas for this post I realized my family is fairly boring when it comes to eating up the leftovers. We enjoy plates of turkey dinner or a good old fashion turkey sandwich. If we have a lot of turkey left over I might make a pot pie (posted from December 20, 2012).

Below is a recipe from our beloved (now retired) manager, Denise Beatty.

Corn and Vegetable Chowder with Turkey

  • 4 slices bacon chopped (optional- instead use 1 -2 Tbsp oil or butter )
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • ½ cup chopped fresh pepper (red, green or orange )
  • 1 minced garlic ( or ½-1 tsp garlic powder )
  • 1 carton (900 mL) chicken stock
  • 2-3 carrots –diced
  • 2-3 small potatoes diced
  • 1 medium zucchini diced
  • 3 ears fresh corn (at least 2 cups frozen or canned, 1 can creamed corn is nice)
  • Black pepper to taste (no salt unless you use homemade stock made without salt)
  • Thyme to taste (1-2 tsp at least) (could also use dill instead of thyme)
  • 1 can skim or 2% evaporated milk (you can use regular milk instead but you may want to add 1-2 Tbsp of flour for thickening to the sauteing vegetables BEFORE you add the stock; if you do it this way it mixes in and doesn't form lumps)
  • ½ cup fresh, chopped parsley
  • 2 cups of diced cooked turkey
  1. Fry bacon well
  2. Add onion, garlic, celery, pepper and sauté until softened
  3. Add chicken stock
  4. Add diced carrots, potatoes, zucchini and corn and simmer until vegetables are cooked
  5. As vegetables are cooking, add black pepper, thyme, parsley
  6. Add in diced turkey
  7. Before serving add 1 can evaporated milk 

Shannon RD