After a huge family dinner, we’re always left with a ton of leftovers. We are guilty of preparing waaaaaaaaaay too much food. The next day, it’s always a question of what we should do with the remnants. No one likes to eat turkey sandwiches everyday for a week or two. It’s just plain boring.
Our family has come up with three solutions: turkey à la king, turkey congee, and turkey broth (to be used as a soup base for pickled lime soup). It’s ingenious. Lately, we’ve been favouring the turkey à la king because it uses up the leftover vegetables as well as the turkey.
Here’s a list of ingredients we used this time. No measurements, just use whatever you have leftover.
leftover turkey and ham, cubed
whole kernel corn (frozen or canned)
peas (frozen or canned)
cream of mushroom soup (lots and lots!)
I once wrote down the directions for my housemates, but I didn’t write it down for myself. I might come back and edit this post to include directions.
We first sautéed the vegetables (minus the potatoes) in some butter until soft.
Then we dumped in everything else and simmered it down for half an hour.
Here’s a shot of all the meat we had leftover from Thanksgiving. Yeah, that’s a lot of torn up muscle tissue in that pot.
Sometimes, we bake the turkey à la king with some pastry crust, thereby transforming it into a turkey pot pie, but this year, we just had it with fresh baguettes and leftover bread from last night’s festivities. The bread is semi-cooked and then packed frozen for our consumption. It can be found at Costco somewhere…. In any case, it’s absolutely genius. You can have fresh bread each morning for less than a dollar a loaf!
Annnnnnnnnnnnnd here’s me, serving my entire family. We had two large pots of turkey à la king, and managed to finish the first one in about 10 minutes. When I left after lunch, there was less than half a pot left of the second one. Crazy, eh? Our family is obsessed with food, tee hee.