What To Do With That Leftover Turkey?

Posted on November 27, 2008. Filed under: cooking, food, leftovers, thanksgiving, turkey | Tags: , , , , , |

It is time for the after party and the question remains…. What do you do with the turkey?  Most can think of how to use the meat but it seems a waste to throw away the carcass.  Yes I said carcass and waste….  You will be surprised how much meat and yummy goodness most throw away.  Well not me I put it all to good use.  Our family and many in the south make Turkey and Sausage Gumbo.  Not only is it delicious but it freezes beautifully.

Let’s say it all together now “Gumbo Party”!

Below is a good basic recipe I make a very similar gumbo but I omit the parsley.

I would love to hear from others and how they put their Turkey to good use.gumbo1

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Leftover Turkey and Sausage Gumbo

1 leftover turkey or other large bird (smoked is wonderful) 1 tablespoon salt
2-3 celery ribs, chopped 2 teaspoons ground red pepper
2 large yellow onions, chopped 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
2 medium bell peppers, chopped 1 tablespoon ground white pepper
2-3 cups medium roux click for instructions 2 cups chopped green onions
1 cup chopped parsley 2 pounds smoked pork sausage sliced ½ inch thick

Pull as much meat off the turkey as you can. Place the carcass in a large stockpot and add water to cover. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to medium, and let simmer 1-1½ hours. Remove the carcass and discard. Add the celery, onions, and bell peppers and gradually stir in enough roux to make a medium-heavy gumbo (it should drip from a spoon without clinging). Stir in the salt, peppers, and sausage and let simmer for another hour. Add the turkey meat and let cook 15-20 minutes more. Remove from the heat, stir in the green onions and parsley, and serve in large bowls over rice. How to make a roux

Serves 6-8.


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