Leftover Turkey Idea No. 2: Turkey Salad
Time: perfect for Black Friday Shopping breaks. Make it right after dinner when stripping the carcass.
After the Thanksgiving Feast, when you want to slip into a food coma and watch the Lions lose, you still have one task at hand: Put away the leftovers. Salmonella sucks, so you really just have 2 hours after dinner to put the food away, including stripping the carcass of all of the meat. While the breast and thighs were probably removed and sliced during dinner, you will have a large quantity of meat in nice large chunks. Pull those off, place in containers, then allocate to the fridge and the freezer as necessary.
Then, you have those little bits on the board from ripping and cutting, and those other microscopic pieces that remained stuck to the bones. What do you do with those? If you do not plan on making broth, here's my recipe for Turkey Salad... like chicken salad or tuna salad, but probably more fattening:
1) Figure out the amount of turkey bits that you have. Gather them into a pile. Meanwhile, find some leftover onions and celery, and mince them into tiny, tiny pieces. The inside stalks of celery are perfect for this. You want to keep everything in proportion... 2 parts turkey for every 1 part veggies. So, if you had 1 cup of turkey bits, you want 1/2 a cup combined of onions and celery... and probably heavier on the celery than the onions.
2) Combine. Mince. Mince again. Flatten this out on the cutting board into a single layer.
3) Dust the top of this concoction with curry powder. Adjust according to taste, keeping in mind that you want to err on the side of adding more curry.
4) On the side, combine equal parts of mayonnaise and leftover gravy. This should be the gravy made from the drippings using flour and butter. So, this is glob of eggs, turkey fat, and butter. If you are a heart patient, do not eat this. The rest of the public just shouldn't eat this.
5) The key... mix in JUST ENOUGH of your gravy-mayo so that everything sticks together, and not a drop more.
Yes, it sounds gross, but it is rather tasty. I have not done any tests on it, but a 1/4 cup serving probably has about 628% of your daily allowance of saturated fat. It's good if you want to heat this in the oven at 350 for 5 minutes. You could probably add a slice of Swiss cheese to this, but I'd check my health insurance coverage before attempting. If you added too much of the gravy-mayo, then the cheese is just not going to taste good, either.