Sometimes one gets lucky and can get a “free ticket for turkey” from your employer. Gratefully, you pick up the turkey at your grocers, this being Champagne’s Market on Heymann. Champagne’s was kind enough to give me my turkey, 12 hours after my ticket expired. Just one more thing to be grateful for on Thanksgiving. Now you’ve got your frozen turkey but realize you have no room for turkey in your freezer. What to do? You have several options as to what to do with the turkey:
- If it’s cold enough you can leave it outside for a while (away from small animals).
- You can always give the turkey away.
- You can bake the turkey.
- What if you already have a turkey? How about cutting up the turkey and saving it for 7 additional meals for later on?
Yes, you heard that right, 7 additional meals; talk about a frugal find.
- 2 legs packed in a quart sized bag equals 1st meal.
- 2 wings packed in a quart sized bag equals 2nd meal.
- 2 thighs packed in a quart sized bag equals 3rd meal.
- 1 breast packed in a quart sized bag equals 4th
- and 5th meal (there are 2 large breasts).
- and each back is its own turkey soup meal, thus 6th
- and 7th meal.
There you have it. All you have to do is sharpen your knife and cut up your turkey just like you would a chicken. While you are cutting up your turkey, cook the turkey breast and make Turkey Stew and serve with rice and gravy. Broil the giblets on the side to add the broth to your gravy or save the giblets for a gumbo.
- 1 turkey breast
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 onion
- 1 green pepper
- 1 jalepena pepper
- 3 garlic cloves
- 6 cups of water
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tablespoon of salt
- Cayenne pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- Fry turkey in two tablespoons of olive oil till browned on all sides.
- Add onions, green pepper, jalepena pepper and wilt.
- Add garlic cloves and cook till wilted.
- Add 5 cups of water.
- Add an additional 1 cup of water mixed with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch, add to pot and stir.
- Add 2 bay leaves.
- Add Salt and Cayenne pepper.
- Cook for one hour on medium heat, turn to low heat when boiling.
- Begin cooking your rice now.
- Add more water if too thick or if too thin add more cornstarch. Don’t forget to mix. cornstarch in cold water to prevent lumps in gravy.
Serve with leftovers from Thanksgiving, Grandma’s candied yams with oranges, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce and salad.
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