Thanksgiving is all about the comfort foods! But what about the leftovers? Don’t fret because this Thanksgiving turkey risotto is the perfect dish to use up all those goodies!
I cannot believe I have failed to mention how I am done 95% of my Christmas shopping!! Not only that, but all the gifts that have arrived have been wrapped! Muahaha. Yeah, I am one of those weirdos who prefers to finish things early. It is almost as bad as my phobia of being late for anything. This is definitely my earliest completeness of Christmas shopping, but I have my reasons. It seems like every weekend there is something planned. And if it is not a weekend, there is something midweek. If I didn’t have to do all my dad’s shopping I am pretty sure I would have been done Christmas shopping the first week of November!
Pushing those bragging rights aside, I am happy to say this allows me more time to focus on cooking and baking. And with the holiday season upon us, I definitely need all the time I can get! Today’s recipe actually comes from last month when we had our Thanksgiving and I wanted to use up all the leftovers. In my homemade turkey soup post I spoke about how I made a TON of homemade broth and needed a way to use up the rest. Well, I thought I was pretty creative and came up with leftover Thanksgiving turkey risotto!
A blend of homemade turkey broth, turkey meat, and any other leftover mix-ins you like (I am talking about corn, carrots, and peas!), this recipe is bound to use up quite a bit of your meals! Plus, I thought it was kind of creative 🙂 Last year we did a leftover Thanksgiving pizza and while I wanted to revisit that recipe, I had too much broth on hand to think about it. Once again, any stock will do, as I know many do not have time for homemade turkey broth (seriously though, it takes little effort on your part and just simmers for hours on the stove.) And you can customize the broth (and turkey risotto) anyway you like!
- 3½ cups homemade turkey stock (or your favourite stock!). simmering on stove top.
- 3 tbsp. butter
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 small carrot, chopped small
- Leftover turkey meat, roughly chopped
- ¼ - ½ cup diced leeks
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp. freshly chopped sage
- 1 cup arborio rice
- ¼ cup red wine
- ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
- Salt and pepper
- Add the butter to a saute pan, melting over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent and tender.
- Pour in the carrot and leeks. Cook until they begin to soften, about 8-10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
- Add the garlic andsage, and cook for 1 minute.
- Pour in the rice and cook for a good couple of minutes. Carefully pour in the red wine. Lots of steam will appear as the liquid touches the pan. Quickly stir the bottom of the pan with a spatula so you can get all the nice brown bits up.
- Pour in ½ cup of broth at a time, stirring until almost of the liquid is gone before you add the next amount. After about 1½ cups of broth has been added, add desired amount of leftover chopped turkey. Continue stirring in broth. When you add your last half cup of broth, try to leave a bit of extra liquid so it has a creamy look when we add the cheese.
- Stir in the cheese and mix until it is melted.
- Serve immediately with additional fresh sage if desired!