Reinventing Leftover Turkey

Following Thanksgiving, you may have lots of leftover turkey, and I have eight clever ways to share with you to reinvent those delicious leftovers. Let's play "hide the turkey!"

#1 Turkey Stock

If you have leftover veggies like carrot, celery, onion, and garlic, now is the time to make a big pot of stock with leftover turkey pieces. Homemade stock will give your recipes an unbeatable true turkey flavor.

Place the leftover turkey pieces and bones in a pressure cooker along with all the scraps and skins from the diced onion, carrot, celery, and garlic. Fill with water and season with a hefty pinch of salt, pepper and throw in extra herbs. Cook on high pressure for 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on how much time you have. Strain broth through fine-mesh strainer into a clean container, pressing on solids to extract as much liquid as possible; discard solids.

Using a large spoon, skim excess fat from surface of broth. (Broth can be refrigerated for up to 2 days, or frozen for several months.) The intense heat of the pressure cooker promotes the extraction of flavor compounds from bones, skin, and encourages the breakdown of proteins into peptides, which produces noticeably rich meatiness.