Delicious ways to use leftover turkey

November 24, 2004|DONNA CLORE

If you are looking for good recipes to make use of leftover turkey from the holidays, then try two delicious ones from Jennifer Little of Wellington Cove in Danville.

The original recipe for Hot Turkey Salad actually used chicken.

"But turkey can be used instead of the chicken," Little says. "I got the recipe from Patty Martin in Paintsville, Ky., when Jerry and I used to live there. Patty always brought it to church dinners."

Although called a "salad," it actually looks and tastes more like a casserole and makes for a great entre.

The cold turkey salad is so versatile that you can adjust it to suit your own personal tastes with regard to the amounts of turkey, onion, celery and Miracle Whip. If you don't have a food processor, "you can chop up all the ingredients real fine."

Everyone in the Little household enjoys cooking. Turkey salad is just one of many foods the girls, Julia and Jaclyn, prepare. Julia reinforces this when she says, "We like to cook a lot."


She wants to be "a chef, an artist, and the president."

Jaclyn also "wants to be a chef."

Family is important, as is the time spent together at the dinner table.

Little says, "Our meals are our special family time together. It's a time for us to share, talk, and discuss the day. We make a special effort to eat evening meals each week together."

It's apparent that the girls are exposed to many vegetables and fruits when they excitedly talk about their favorites.

"They like a variety of foods and I don't have to fix any separate foods just for them."

Cooking teaches a lot

Cooking with the girls in the kitchen is "a great time to teach them about measuring, cleanliness, safety, and how to cook in general. It's good to let them have hands-on experience, even though it may seem easier at first to cook it yourself."

During the holiday season, the Little family likes to provide food for other families, particularly those in need, and the girls help cook and prepare it.

"It's a good way to teach them about giving and helping others, and an appreciation for what they have."

A Christmas Eve tradition that started when Jerry and Jennifer Little first married continues every year with making pizzas. They are all in the kitchen cooking together.

"We've got pictures each year of the girls making pizzas with flour all over them."

Julia and Jaclyn also make sure they "make cookies for Santa, and have milk."

The family will be at their house this Thanksgiving, but usually travel to visit parents in Campton and Marion.

Good cooks and cooking must run in the families. Julia says, "My grandma Rose makes the best chicken and dressing and Mamaw Phyllis makes the best macaroni and cheese. It's creamy and she puts extra cheese in it."

Hot Turkey Salad

2-3 cups diced cooked turkey

1 cup finely chopped celery

1/2 cups sliced almonds

1/2 cup Ritz cracker crumbs

2 tablespoons chopped onion

10 3/4-ounce can cream of chicken soup

2-ounce can mushroom pieces, drained

1/2 cup Miracle Whip

1/2 cup crushed potato chips

Combine all the ingredients, expect the potato chips, and place in greased 1 quart casserole dish. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. Then sprinkle chips on top and bake an additional 15 minutes. This recipe is also great with chicken.

Cold Turkey Salad

Any amount of turkey

Celery to taste

Onion to taste

Oregano to taste

Miracle Whip to taste

Use food processor to finely chop turkey, celery and onion. Then add oregano and miracle whip. It's great on crackers, bread or rolls.

Donna Clore is Boyle County extension agent for family and consumer sciences.

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