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Surviving the Season-- Turkey Leftovers

Surviving the Season-- Turkey Leftovers



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Coco Warner reportingYesterday we talked about how to prepare the perfect turkey. But after you've done that, the question becomes what to do with all of those leftovers.

The classic turkey sandwich is always a good call, but we have a few other ideas.

By tonight, you will have enjoyed your Thanksgiving meal, maybe watched a lot of football, and as you're cleaning up and staring at a half eaten turkey, you think, now what? Marguerite Henderson tells us what to do next.

Marguerite Henderson/"Savor the Memories": "Take all the meat off the bone and separate the white meat from the dark meat if you want to, and then cut it into small pieces."

More work is probably the last thing you want to do after preparing a big meal, but Marguerite says you should take the meat off of the bone before you go to bed tonight and store it in your refrigerator. This makes leftover recipes all the more convenient.

And one of her favorite ways to use up leftover turkey-- tostados.

Marguerite Henderson/"Savor the Memories": "So turkey tostados. You take some corn tortillas. You want to heat them up or you can deep fry them. Then just put the turkey right on top of that. We're using some roasted red peppers, so you can be as creative as you want. You don't have to stick to my recipe."

Marguerite says that any recipe that calls for cold chicken, you can use your leftover turkey instead.

Marguerite Henderson/"Savor the Memories": "One of my favorite things to do with it is make a turkey cranberry walnut salad."

Marguerite says you mix your cubed turkey with some mayonnaise or sour cream, onion, celery, apples, walnuts-- and even a little leftover cranberry sauce. It's supposed to mirror the chicken waldorf salad.

Marguerite Henderson/"Savor the Seasons": "It's always nice to have a salad the next day because there's really not a lot of cooking you have to do, because you cooked for three days before turkey day."

Marguerite also likes using the turkey bone to make turkey soup!

So here are some other tips for turkey leftovers:

Make sure you cut the turkey off the bone before you store it
Cube your turkey for convenience
Turkey tostados, tacos or burritos are easy and fast
A turkey waldorf salad is also an option

And, using leftovers for a turkey sandwich and soup is classic for a reason.

Coming up tomorrow-- if you decide to brave the crowds, we'll have some shopping tips.

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