Friday, November 25, 2016

3 Ways to Use Your Leftover Turkey

Let's face it, how many of us actually eat all of that giant turkey we cook for Thanksgiving dinner? Most of us eat leftover turkey for days! In today's blog, your favorite Lake of the Ozarks resort offers a couple recipes to make with your leftover turkey. Enjoy!

Turkey Casserole 

If you have lots of leftovers, more than just turkey, try this turkey casserole. Tired of eating turkey already? This recipe can be frozen and eaten at a later date!

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Source: Recipe Adapted from

  • 3 Cups Leftover Stuffing 
  • 4 Cups Leftover Turkey 
  • 2 Cups Leftover Corn (and/or other veggies) 
  • 3 Cups Leftover Mashed Potatoes 
  • 1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese 
  • 3/4 Cup Mayo (or Miracle Whip) 
 *Measurements are approximate; you can use whatever you have left. 

  1. Mix the turkey, corn and mayo together in a bowl. 
  2. Mix the potatoes and the cheese together. 
  3. In a large foil pan, layer the ingredients starting with the stuffing in the bottom. 
  4. Then add the layer of your turkey mixture. 
  5. Top that with the layer of mashed potatoes and cheese. 
  6.  Either cover with foil and freeze OR place it in the oven at 375° for 30 to 40 minutes or until heated.

Slow Cooker Turkey Noodle Soup

A great way to get the most out of your Thanksgiving turkey is to use the leftover carcass to create a delicious turkey noodle soup! 

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Ingredients for Stock: 
  • 1 Turkey Carcass 
  • 1 Onion 
  • 1 Celery Stalk 
  • 1 Carrot 
  • 1/2 tsp Salt 
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper 
  • 1 Bay Leaf 
  • 1/2 tsp Poultry Seasoning 
  • 2 tsp Instant Chicken Bouillon Granules
  • 12 Cups Water 

Ingredients for Soup: 
  • 2 Onions
  • 1 Garlic Clove 
  • 2 Carrots, peeled and chopped 
  • 2 Stalks Celery, chopped 
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Thyme 
  • 1/2 tsp Salt 
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper 
  • 2 Cups Turkey, shredded
  • Noodles, uncooked 
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Parsley Leaves, chopped 

  1. To make the stock, place the turkey carcass is your slow cooker. Add all ingredients listed above for the stock. Cook on low overnight. 
  2. The next morning, strain the broth and pour it back in the slow cooker. 
  3. Remove turkey meat from the bones and set aside. 
  4. For the soup, combine onions, garlic, carrots, celery, thyme, salt and pepper with the broth in the slow cooker.
  5. Cook on high for 4 hours. 
  6. Add turkey, noodles and parsley. 
  7. Cook another 1/2 hour. 
  8. Enjoy your turkey soup! 

Turkey Salad 

For a quick lunch option, consider using leftover turkey to create a turkey salad sandwich!


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  • 1 1/2 Cups Cooked Turkey, diced
  • 1/2 Cup Apple, unpeeled and diced 
  • 1/2 Cup Mayo (or Miracle Whip) 
  • 1 1/2 tsp Curry Powder 
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Ginger 
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper 
  • 1 Stalk Celery, chopped 
  • 2 Green Onions, chopped 

  1. In a bowl, mix all ingredients together. Refrigerate.
  2. Spread the mixture between 2 slices of your favorite bread, and voila, you have a delicious turkey salad sandwich! 

Summerset Inn Resort hopes you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you enjoy your turkey leftovers! As we come to the end of the year, its time to start thinking about your 2017 vacation plans. Our waterfront resort at the Lake of the Ozarks is the place to stay, no matter the size of your group. We have one bedrooms units up to 5 bedroom condo-like units. Book your summer 2017 dates by giving us a call at 573-348-5073!

Summerset Inn Resort & Villas
1165 Jeffries Road Osage Beach, MO  65065

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