The stores are full of reduced, on sale turkeys for you to use to make all kinds of goodies. Here are some ideas for using all that meat.
First I bought two fresh turkeys from my local store, fresh so I didn’t have to defrost them. Using a sharp knife, I cut off all of the breast meat, wrapped each one in foil and froze in a Zip-lock. These will be awesome cooked in a crock pot like a roast, or with BBQ sauce. I may even try to put it in frozen with some of the leftover turkey stock.
Next, I cut the remaining turkey in half so they would fit into my two largest pots. I boiled/simmered these for around 2 hours. (I did one turkey per day because I only had two large pots) This left me with lots of tender turkey meat which I separated into 2 cup portions and froze. I also had tons of turkey stock. I plan to use the stock to make soup and gumbo. I froze this also.
Now for my favorite use of extra turkey…TURKEY TACOS. Each bite of these beauties take me back to my childhood, when my favorite neighbor would knock on the door after the holidays, and offer up these delectable morsels. Over the years the recipe was shared, and I started my own family tradition.
It’s really not much of a recipe. You basically throw it all in a big bowl and keep tasting until it is right. The ingredients are: 4 cups of chopped turkey, half can of re-fried beans, taco seasoning mix (no MSG please), small tomato sauce, and 2 cups of cheddar cheese. Mix it all up and then roll up in fajita size tortillas. Freeze.
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