Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Using Leftovers Creatively


Tonight we used some left over turkey for two types of meals (for the differing tastes in our family).

A week ago, I put two halves of a turkey carcass into each of two crockpots with an onion each and let them cook on low overnight (about 12 hours). The stock was rich and flavorful. I used that and made some dumplings (recipe to follow) which I simmered in the stock until done, then added some of the turkey.

King B had the idea of a "turkey taco salad" and chopped an onion, sauteed it in oil, added turkey and some fajita seasoning and cayenne pepper to taste - tossed it with a bag of salad we needed to use up and each person eating it dressed it with their own preference - he used taco sauce and sour cream. As I'm not a fan of spicy (hot peppery type spicy), I stuck with the turkey soup with dumplings.

Both went over well, and were a wonderful way of using up food that might have otherwise languished in the recesses of the fridge! Martha would have been proud of me!

Quick and Easy Rolled Dumplings

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt, mixed through the flour
ice water - enough to make a very stiff dough

roll out to about 1/8 inch thickness, cut into squares (I use a pizza cutter - very quick and easy)
drop into *very gently simmering broth, cook until dumpling squares turn translucent and then thicken up
add chopped turkey (or chicken - but we had turkey)


Blessings to you,

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