Leftover Turkey Recipe: Creamed Turkey on Toast
Chop two bell peppers
My Husbands' Family Tradition
In my household, the most beloved Thanksgiving tradition happens after Thanksgiving - and it's got nothing to do with Black Friday. My husband and his brothers may like roast turkey, but they love their mother's recipe for creamed turkey on toast. This easy, hearty recipe will work for any kind of poultry, and for any part of the turkey. While you can chop up breast or drumsticks for this recipe, we actually made this particular batch of creamed turkey with remains from the carcass.
This is an easy, quick recipe that takes place entirely on the stovetop.
Add one pound of mushrooms
Four cups of chopped turkey
Add peppers and mushrooms to butter mixture
Ingredients for creamed turkey on toast
- 2 bell peppers
- 4 cups leftover turkey meat
- 1 pound mushrooms
- 2 sticks butter
- 8 Tablespoons flour, sifted
- 2 cups milk
- salt, to taste
- pepper, to taste
- Dice two bell peppers. For this batch, we chose a yellow pepper and a red pepper for color, but it does not matter. Some chefs may also want to dice up some onion for this step, but we did not use it.
- Add one stick of butter to the pan. Melt slowly on low heat.
- Saute' the bell peppers in the butter until soft.
- Add one pound of mushrooms to the peppers and the butter mixture. Saute' for about one minute or so. Remove the peppers and mushrooms from the butter mix and set aside.
- Sift 8 tablespoons of flour.
- On low heat, add a small amount of flour to the butter mixture and stir until smooth. Then add a small amount of milk to the butter mixture and once again, stir until smooth. Continue to alternate small amounts of milk and flour, stirring carefully to make sure the mixture does not get lumpy. This process may take some time and patience.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Fold peppers and mushrooms back into the butter sauce and stir thoroughly.
- Fold turkey back into the butter sauce and stir thoroughly until all parts of the sauce are completely filled with turkey.
- Toast one piece of bread for each person you intend to serve.
- Add the creamed turkey to the toast.
If you want to add a little more variety to this recipe, or if you are like me and you can't fathom a meal without a green vegetable in it, try chopping up a winter squash and sauteing it with the peppers. You might also try tossing in some green peas. Experiment and see what suits your fancy.
Creamed Turkey on Toast
While you are enjoying your creamed turkey on toast, and dreaming up other ways to consume all the turkey you've still got in your refrigerator, brush up on your turkey knowledge with a little turkey trivia.
- Benjamin Franklin wanted the National Bird to be the turkey, and was very disappointed when they chose the bald eagle instead.
- Although Harry S. Truman is often given credit for being the first president to pardon a turkey, there is no official evidence to back that belief. Jack Kennedy, when presented with a turkey by the National Turkey Federation, is said to have joked, "Oh, let's just keep it." However, the first President to officially pardon a turkey was George H.W. Bush.
- A male turkey is called a Tom. The female is called a hen. Only the male turkeys gobble.
- The turkey is the only game bird native to the Western Hemisphere.
- Although a lot of folks think that the tryptophan in turkey makes you sleepy, the truth is that most meat has tryptophan in it. Folks who are sleepy after eating Thanksgiving dinner may be sleepy because they overate - or because of the wine they drank with the meal.
- Wild turkeys can fly, but domesticated turkeys cannot.
- Wild turkeys sleep in trees.