From leftover to a taste of bliss: transforming leftover turkey


Eating leftover turkey is not a simple task. It doesn’t matter how you cooked it or brined it. If it’s not Deli turkey (or something you bought from Honeybaked Ham), chances are when you take it out of the fridge, it will smell and taste gamey. The reason: it’s a lean meat, and just like chicken, the unsaturated fats are going to have a warmed-over taste once heated.

So why not heat it right? The easiest and fastest way is to throw it into the gravy and microwave it. But I find that you need a little more than that. Here’s what I did with my leftover turkey breast meat.

Melt a tablespoon of butter in a saucepan. When the foam starts to subside, throw in your turkey pieces. Add a bit of garlic or garlic powder. Stir to mix but remember, you are not cooking it, so 10 seconds is all you need. Then, a generous amount of that cold gel like gravy. Mix.

Then add some of that chicken stock that is sitting in your fridge from Turkey Day, enough to thin the gravy (don’t pour too much). Heat it until the turkey is heated through and the gravy is starting to bubble (keep it on medium heat so not to burn your creation).

That’s it.

Now, if you’re like me, you would want to get a piece of hearty white bread (or 2), put that on a plate along with your favorite sides (in my case, mashed potatoes and brussel sprouts), and pour the whole thing over it.

You end up with this:

Open faced turkey sandwich

An open faced turkey sandwich. This is easily one of the most delicious meals a man can  ever have.

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