I roasted a turkey and need some ideas as what others favor for leftover turkey. We are a family of two and our only dietary restriction in that we are calorie conscious.
Unfortunately turkey is the most boring member of the poultry family. An old school favorite is Turkey Tetrazzini which goes back to San Francisco and named in honor of a visiting opera singer. There are plenty of recipes. Look for one that matches your calorie threshold.
I disagree on turkey being most boring -- it is really a blank canvas SCREAMING for attention. So, go in some odd but delightful ways -- one of our family favorites is to shred the meat, reheat with spices (typically, a little sauteed onion, and taco type seasonings) and use in place of shredded meat in tacos, burritos, ... or, shred, reheat with your favorite BBQ sauce and make "pulled turkey" sandwiches. Of course, there's always turkey soup or turkey tetrazzini or turkey a la king but remembering that it is a pretty inoffensive flavor and can easily be enhanced with appropriate spices and you can go in whole new directions! :)
Turkey banh mi! A turkey sandwich on a baguette with a little mayo, shredded pickled carrot, cucumber, daikon radish, and cilantro.
Pierino never groans at ChefOno's comments because they are always informed and thoughtful. In fact pierino is really good at roasting the Thanksgiving bird but his favorite part of that bird is the skin and "the pope's nose."
As to traditional Mexican uses of turkey, it's not founded on your supermarket Butterball. Read the label and you will see that there is a really high water content which adds weight. Mexican turkey is scrawny and mean and not some big fat slob. And it's almost all dark meat.
Perhaps we are grouchier today because California's incredibly stupid ban on foie gras went into effect. Well intentioned but ridiculously stupid.
there was a contest on just this subject a couple of years ago: http://www.food52.com/contests...
I have made lastnightsdinner's pozole which is delicious and I have had winnieab's pho and aargersi's jambalaya on my list since then!
I had a great salad at Birdbath Bakery in NYC the other day -- it used chicken but turkey would be just as good if not better. It was a salad of what I rememeber to be radicchio and watercress (i think watercress, could be just about any green),and a just a few chickpeas, tossed in a lemon vinaigrette. Birdbath topped it with very very thin slices of chicken (turkey) that was sprinkled with balsamic and finished with shaved pieces of grana padano. SO good I can't stop thinking about it!
WinnieAB's pho is really good. My husband asks for it about once a week in the winter. http://www.food52.com/recipes...
google "carribbean turkey soup" for a recipe we like alot.