Post #437 One Great Leftover Idea

December 1, 2015 at 2:46 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

The holiday is over, the weekend is past, and we’re left with pounds of cooked turkey at a time when everyone is sick to death of turkey and there’s no end in sight of turkey leftovers.  We can freeze the leftovers, but they sit there looking at us from the freezer and we know there’s turkey in the freezer that must be used.

So, do you make turkey pot pies?  What about turkey a la king?  Turkey soup?  Turkey sandwiches?  Club sandwiches with a big layer of turkey?  Turkey and rice?  Give it to the dogs?

The trouble is they all taste like turkey and the idea is to get away from that.

So!  Here’s an idea that sits well for the time of year and helps get rid of turkey leftover, particularly those small slivers and crumbs left at the bottom of the zip lock bag after all the choice pieces have been eaten.

Hope you like cabbage.

My mother in law first showed me this recipe and I’ve played with it and tweaked it for years.  It’s good stuff and very versatile.

Take one whole head of cabbage and core it.  Try to get rid of every bit of the core because there’s just no eating it.  Then chop the cabbage into bite sized pieces.  You can either do a rough chop in bits, or slice it and cut across the slices to make strips.  Either way will work.  Put all the cabbage into a large pot with a lid, but leave the lid off for the moment.

Next, slice one medium onion into thin slices and place them into the cabbage.

Add one can of chopped tomatoes, one tablespoon of vinegar (any kind will do, but rice wine vinegar or a flavored vinegar will add depth to the dish), and one tablespoon of sugar.  Stir together and cook covered over low heat until the cabbage is cooked completely, about an hour to an hour and a half.  Stir ever ten minutes or so to keep from burning.  Add water if needed but try not to make it too soupy.

When the cabbage is cooked to your liking, add one cup of cooked rice and one to two cups of any cooked meat (leftover turkey?) cut into small pieces.  Stir to combine and heat uncovered for fifteen to twenty minutes until the whole thing is heated throughout.

Serve hot with a crusty bread.

It’s very tasty and very filling.  I’ve also added a can of white beans at the end.  Just make sure to drain the beans.

As I was writing this, I thought of another leftover turkey dish that doesn’t need any instruction on this blog.  Turkey Chili!


BTW – I’ll be back to regular blogging soon.


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