After preparing and enjoying a full Thanksgiving feast, don’t let your leftovers go to waste. Your slow cooker can be your best friend during the colder seasons, helping you create a variety of delicious, easy meals.
To help you prepare for the holiday, we’ve put together some of our favourite Thanksgiving leftover recipes to prepare in your slow cooker.
Leftover Turkey Soup
This simple recipe is a classic. Make use of your leftover turkey, and vegetables by preparing a simple soup.
Start by bringing your vegetables together as the base, this should include any leftover, and fresh vegetables as well as adding sweet or regular potatoes. Season these with thyme, garlic, and sliced onions and place them in your slow cooker.
Stir together your leftover broth and turkey and tip into your pot. Cook on a low heat for 3 to 4 hours, and you’ll be left with a delicious serving of Thanksgiving turkey soup.
Tip: For extra texture, you can add pasta, noodles or cous cous to your soup in the last hour.
Another leftover turkey staple is the turkey curry. Moving away from the meat and gravy flavours, this is bound to pack a punch.
For your curry sauce, you will need: onion, garlic, ginger puree, chopped tomatoes, tomato puree as well as garam masala, turmeric, cumin seeds, ground coriander, paprika, chili powder and salt to season.
Add 1 teaspoon of each of the spices and two tablespoons of the purees into the slow cooker pot. You can now add your leftover turkey and stir thoroughly to ensure everything is coated in the flavours and spices. Cook on high for 3-4 hours.
Once cooked, you’ll be left with a fragrant and flavoursome turkey curry.
Tip: stir in some single cream for a creamier and lighter curry sauce.
Leftover Turkey Pie
Chop your leftover turkey into bite-size chunks. Then add your fresh, unused vegetables, such as carrots, leeks, onions, and parsnips. These will help create a good filler.
Add your leftover turkey broth from the day before. (Add additional turkey or chicken stock if needed.)
Leave your pie filling to cook on high for 2-3 hours. While waiting, prepare your pie crust, this can be made from scratch, or, for convenience during the busy season, you can use shop-bought, ready-to-use pastry.
Once your filling is cooked, line your pie dish with your pastry, and fill with your leftover turkey stew. Cook in the oven for a further 20 minutes until the crust is golden brown and enjoy.
Tip: If possible, use leftover vegetables that haven’t already been cooked, this will help them cook better in your crockpot.
Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole
Preparation time is as little as 5 minutes and allow 40 minutes to 3 hours to cook. This Thanksgiving casserole is one of the great Thanksgiving leftover recipes, helping you use up all your delicious home-cooked food.
Begin by cutting up your leftover turkey and vegetables into bitesize chunks. This includes your potatoes and stuffing.
After you’ve done this, add to your slow cooker and pour in your leftover turkey broth and any other additional stock and gravy. (Just ensure you have at least 236 ml of liquid.)
Leave to cook on high for 40 minutes – 3 hours (the longer you leave it the softer the meat).
Tip: Add some suet dumplings into your crockpot 20 minutes before serving. This will help pack out your casserole as a winter warming dinner.
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