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Turkey Hash is pretty good, and so is turkey soup (for which I am boiling a stock from one of the carcasses right now with water, onions, garlic, celery, parsley, herbs, etc - we fight over the carcasses and bones like jackals), but the main reason people in my family cook so many turkeys at Thanksgivings is for the sandwiches for a few days after.
Here's how I make them:
White bread Smear of mayo on one slice of bread Smear of cold congealed turkey gravy on the other slice Slice or two of left-over turkey, white or dark meat (I like the dark) Generous spoonful of my cranberry sauce Generous spoonful of turkey stuffing Salt and pepper
Squoosh the sides of bread together, and cut in half with a sharp knife. Then eat with a glass of beer. Delicious.
Then take a little nap.
How I make turkey stock:
Throw into a large stock pot a whole or chopped turkey carcass, leg bones, wings, etc. Not a bad idea to break the bones with a cleaver and/or to roast the carcass first so some of the bones brown. Cover with water. Take a bunch of celery, carrots, onions and garlic. Chop very roughly with skins on - do not peel - and sautee in butter or cooking oil until browned. (The skins add color and flavor) Then toss them into the pot. Add some cut-up raw potatoes, skins on. Throw in some salt, whole peppercorns. Then parsley, thyme, a little sage and marjoram. A little sugar. A bottle of white wine in there is optional. Simmer for 5-8 hours, adding water as needed. Then strain. That's a tasty turkey stock. It's man-cooking.
Almost like my lunch yesterday. I used a roll and omitted the stuffing, I'm cutting down on wheat. Sometimes I'll also add pickles or cheese. The congealed gravy as a condiment adds the flavor. My sister insists on heating the gravy before putting it on the sandwich, I don't get that at all. I don't want a warm layer on a cold sandwich. If I'm going to heat the gravy, I'll make a hot turkey sandwich.
As for Turkey stock. My method is similar but whenever I have unused portions of vegatables, like the celery leaves, onion skins, broccoli stems, carrot peelings, etc. I freeze them in a gallon zip lock bag.
When I go to make stock, I usually have a ton of this stuff and don't have to waste good veggies on stock. As I only make stock 3-5 times a year and have two chest freezers and the refer freezer, I have the room as I process lots of produce from the garden.
Yes, I'm a cheap bastid but doing this for years no doubt paid for one of the freezers.
BTW, have you seen what a decent chest freezer costs new? Craigslist baby, Craigslist.
Well now, Tonight's dinner was Turkey Noodle Veggie Soup made with the stock you suggested. I gotta tell you that is some fantastic soup! The bottle of sauvignon blanc was a great addition. My wife, who almost never gets seconds, beat a path back to the stove for her second helping. Thank you. I printed your instructions and its going into the recipe "keeper" folder.