After the gathering, most Thanksgiving hosts find they have an abundance of turkey leftovers. Lucky you! Even if your family quickly tires of re-heated turkey, these leftovers can be counted among your Thanksgiving blessings with just a little planning. Cooked turkey freezes beautifully and can then be used in many dishes for a quick, easy meal. This is especially nice with the busy holiday season upon us!
To prepare cooked turkey for freezing, simply de-bone and package measured amounts into freezer bags or freezer containers. Remove as much air as possible from the bag or container and freeze. Frozen, cooked turkey should be used within 4-6 months for best quality and can be used in any recipe that calls for cooked turkey or chicken. Some recipe ideas include soups, white chili, enchiladas, casseroles, turkey tetrazzini, and my favorite, turkey pot pie.
Growing up, and well into my adulthood, my moms turkey pot pie was as eagerly anticipated following a holiday meal as the original meal itself. Her flaky, made-from-scratch crust filled with a hearty mix of turkey and vegetables in thick gravy, baked to golden perfection was always a meal you didnt want to miss! Although mom never used a recipe for her savory creation, the one below is as close as I could find if you add some green beans and peas.