The "After-Turkey" Turkey

Home Stager with Transition Stage LLC

While we are lucky enough to spend Thanksgiving with family, there's been something missing... We didn't have any leftover turkey. For some, this might not be a hardship, as not everyone likes turkey enough to want to eat it for days afterward.

But Herb and I really enjoy turkey, so we've created a new tradition - the After-Turkey Turkey. Either before Thanksgiving or right after, we look for a good deal on a small turkey - not more than 12-13 pounds. And the weekend after Thanksgiving, we have a turkey dinner all over again.




So, last night, we had roast turkey with fingerling potatoes and a dish of roasted butternut squash and cauliflower, some simple bread and rice stuffing and gorgeous turkey gravy. We hardly made a dent in the white meat, so we'll have plenty for sandwiches in the coming week.

Today, I'll make turkey curry with the meat from the legs and wings, saving the bones, some of the meat on them, and some of the very tasty skin to make a big pot of soup at the end of the week.

The Turkey Curry is easy:

Cut dark meat into bite size pieces

Cut a medium onion into roughly one-inch square pieces

Slice several garlic cloves (to your taste - we love garlic, so there'll be about 5-6 cloves in ours)

Coarse chop two small tomatoes

Turkey or chicken broth (canned is fine)

2 teaspoons arrowroot or flour

Curry powder (sweet curry or hot curry, as you like - we mix the two)

Salt and pepper to taste

In a deep, large frying pan, pour some olive oil and saute the onion until translucent, then add the garlic and saute until softened but not browned. Add in the turkey meat, and stir until everything is thoroughly mixed together. Shake the curry powder over everything in the pan and stir until it coats the garlic, onions and meat.

Pour in half the broth, stirring to make sure nothing's sticking to the pan. In a container that has a lid, put the arrowroot or flour, and the remainder of the broth and shake until it's completely mixed. While stirring the contents of the pan, pour this mixture into the pan. Continue stirring until the sauce starts to thicken. Taste and adjust salt, pepper and curry powder to your taste. Add in the tomatoes and stir a bit more. It's best if they retain their shape, so don't cook too long at this point.

The curry can be served on its own, with a side dish of vegetables, or you can serve it over rice. We like it over noodles, such as broad egg noodles or linguini - anything that will absorb some of the fantastic curry flavor.

The flavor is very different than the regular Thanksgiving dinner, so it's a great way to use some of the leftover meat without feeling like you're "turkeyed out" after several days.

Enjoy - let me know if you try it and how it turns out.


Turkey Photo Credit

Comments (19)

Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.

Judy - I made turkey vegetable soup yesterday and the house smelled delicious all day.  I love Thanksgiving leftovers, and I think they're just as good the second time around.

Nov 27, 2011 02:52 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Hello Judy...I eat this tasty bird all year long and it is worthy to note that the leftover potential is always a pleasure. For the price and experience, you cannot go wrong here...thank you for sharingthis

Nov 27, 2011 02:53 AM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

HI Norma - Isn't it wonderful that the scent of cooking is everywhere in the house? I especially love making soup on a cold winter day. It warms up the kitchen and we get the bonus of the that tantalizing scent wafting through...

Nov 27, 2011 02:57 AM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Richie - You are absolutely right - it's hard to go wrong with a turkey. I'm glad you enjoyed my post.

Nov 27, 2011 02:58 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

It wasn't the turkey I was missing after Thanksgiving, but all the sides.  In my cleaning up and doling out leftovers, I realized I hadn't saved us any stuffing, potatoes, carrot souffle or green bean casserole.  What a bummer.

Nov 27, 2011 04:18 AM
Liz Wallace
Century 21 Sherlock Homes - Rockville Centre, NY
Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N

This year was my kids year with the outlaws and so I made a turkey on friday with all the sides and had everyone over for what we call "heat ups" even though this year nothing needed to be heated, it was hot out of the oven.

Nov 27, 2011 04:52 AM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Chris Ann - Oh no! That IS a bummer. The sides certainly help to make the leftovers even better. Sorry to hear you gave them all away - but I bet there were a lot of happy people receiving them.

Nov 27, 2011 06:20 AM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Liz - I love that "outlaws" - very funny. And how fun is that that you have "heat-ups" - great name and nice concept. Way to go!

Nov 27, 2011 06:21 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I would really miss the leftovers if we didn't have Thanksgiving here.  It was just me and my husband this year and I got a 20 lb. bird.  We have done a pretty good job eating it up.  Tomorrow I'm making a turkey pot pie, and we are having turkey salad for lunch.  That should be the end of it.  Other than my daughter taking a small piece home, we consumed it all ourselves.

Nov 27, 2011 11:06 AM
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Judy, That Turkey Curry sounds really delicious!  I like the idea of the after Turkey Turkey.  Have a great week!

Nov 27, 2011 11:59 AM
Judi Boad

Hi Judy~ Had to stop by to let you know I thought of you when I put Kale in my Turkey Soup yesterday! Your Curry dish sounds yummy too!

Here's to a terrific holiday season ahead!

Best regards from Seattle,

Nov 28, 2011 08:40 AM
Karen Bernetti
Southington, CT

I just love left-over turkey too!  Most of the years that we're not home for the Thanksgiving holiday I will make a turkey too.  


PS You were mentioned in my blog tonight!  

Nov 30, 2011 03:52 PM
Marie Graham
Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY - White Plains, NY
Westchester County Interior Decorator, Home Stager


I am so with you on this...we had Thanksgiving at Doug's brothers' and let everyone else duke it out for the leftovers...we bought TWO turkeys! I cooked one, and my next door neighbor who is never home, never cooks kept the other in her freezer. Maybe closer to Christmas I will cook the 2nd one, and turkey curry will be on the list-great recipe, thansk!

Dec 09, 2011 07:12 PM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi All - I'm so sorry it's taken me forever to get back here and respond to all your lovely comments!  I'm glad so many of you can relate to the "after-turkey turkey" and have such great ideas about how to extend the enjoyment of Thanksgiving dinner.

I really appreciate your support and sharing.

                                                                  Cosmic Hugs all Around!


Dec 12, 2011 11:08 PM
Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986.
eXp Realty, Victoria BC - Victoria, BC
Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490

 Hi Judy,

Just Stopping By to Thank you for a Pfanntastic Year in the Rain and
To Wish You and your Loved Ones

Merry Christmas

Dec 25, 2011 04:06 AM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Peter & Linda - Just got back from a couple of days away. Thanks very much for your lovely message. I hope your Christmas was wonderful!

Dec 26, 2011 11:50 AM
Kwee Huset
Kwee Huset Realty - Venice, FL
Venice Florida Homes For Sale

Hi Judy, Happy birthday to you!  Congratulations you have been featured on member spotlight. I have to try your turkey curry recipe, it sounds delicious.

Mar 08, 2013 09:54 PM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Kwee, Thanks very much! I hope you enjoy the recipe.

Mar 09, 2013 08:56 PM

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