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Recycling Your Christmas Turkey

This is the first guest post by my wife Becka. Enjoy!

I have always wanted to make bread bowls. I saw a recipe in a cookbook years ago, but just never quite got around to trying them – until this year. A few weeks ago I saw a recipe for Stuffing Bread Bowls on the King Arthur Baker's Banter Blog. This is a wonderful web-site with many great recipes for all of you who like to bake. I filled the bowls with Turkey à la King using up some of our leftover Thanksgiving turkey. Nora, Rob, and I all really liked them, so I am planning to have them again this weekend to help with the remnants of our Christmas turkey.

So, for all of you who need ideas for leftover turkey, here is one you might like to try. The bowls would also be delicious with just about any type of thick soup or stew.

Stuffing Bread Bowls
1 1/4 cups lukewarm water
1/4 cup oil
3 cups bread flour
1/2 cup semolina (you could substitute cornmeal)
2 tsps. poultry seasoning
1 1/4 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 cup dry potato flakes
2 Tbsps. powdered milk
2 1/2 tsps. yeast
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup sesame seeds

Combine all ingredients in bread machine in the order given. Run the machine on the dough cycle.

After the dough has completed the cycle divide into 6 pieces. Round into balls.

picture of the shaped dough

Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and let rise one hour. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 mins. Let cool completely.

picture of the baked balls

Slice off the tops of the bowls and then carefully pull out the insides to form a "bowl". The bread that is removed can be dried in the oven and then ground into herbed bread crumbs.

picture of the hollowed bowls

Chicken or Turkey à la King
1 can (6 oz.) sliced mushrooms, drained
1 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup flour
2 tsp. chicken bouillon
1/4 tsp. white pepper
2 cups light cream or evaporated skim milk
2 cups water
2 cups cubed cooked chicken or turkey
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper (or about 1/4 c.pimentos from a jar of olives)

In a large skillet cook and stir the mushrooms and red pepper in the melted margarine for about 5 mins. Blend in the flour and pepper. Cook over low heat until the mixture is bubbly. Stir in the water, the cream or evaporated skim milk, and the peas. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil and stir one minute. Stir in the chicken or turkey. Heat through and serve hot. This was wonderful in the bread bowls, but is also good on biscuits.

How about you — any new ideas for using up leftover ham or turkey?

Whatever you will be eating on Christmas day or the days thereafter I hope you will have a blessed Christmas as we contemplate our Lord's sacrifice in coming to earth.


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12 Comments on “Recycling Your Christmas Turkey”

  1. #1 Mrs. Troop
    on Dec 22nd, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    What a wonderful post! I hope we can have more “guest” posts from Mrs. IVman in the future.

    Can’t wait to try the breadbowls. My “Coach” and I love to go to Panera on date nights and the breadbowls are one of our favorite things!

    We don’t have too many leftovers around here (with 10 of us), but our all time favorite is turkey noodle soup with lots of veggies. I make blueberry muffins to go with it. I think the kids like that meal more than the “original” turkey!

    Merry Christmas to your family, from all of us here at the Troops~

  2. #2 Deb
    on Dec 22nd, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    Ohhhhh, Becka…what a wonderful 1st post…1st of many I’m hoping! 🙂 I have been to the King Arthur site and actually ordered some things from them, but I haven’t seen this recipe. I think it would be a hit around here. I love the picture of the finished product. Thank you for the recipe.

  3. #3 Kathy P
    on Dec 22nd, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    Great idea, Becka. I have no bread machine, but I bake all my own bread using my KitchenAid mixer. So I think I can make this work. Your bread bowls certainly turned out well!

    Please tell Rob you can be a guest on his blague any time.

    Merry Christmas,

  4. #4 Glenna
    on Dec 23rd, 2008 at 1:09 am

    Wow! Such perfect looking bowls!

  5. #5 Sandrew
    on Dec 23rd, 2008 at 2:49 am

    These sound – and look – marvelous. I strongly suspect that the demand for your guest blagues will be quite high. Thanks to both you and Rob.

  6. #6 Carrie
    on Dec 23rd, 2008 at 10:53 am

    Hi! Thanks for the recipe and the great pictures. It makes me want to dash over and see if you have leftovers from the leftovers! But of course I’m too far away now. . .

  7. #7 Marilyn Donnell
    on Dec 24th, 2008 at 4:56 am


    I am promising I am gonna make some bread bowls. I’ve never thought of doing so before – more of an “eating out” experience, but it sounds so good! I think I can smell fresh baked bread right now!

  8. #8 b.j.
    on Dec 24th, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    Leftover turkey/ham recipe for family of nine:

    Morning: get up, plan meal for later, allow leftovers for breakfast.
    Mid morning: Shoo brothers out of leftovers.
    Noon: Serve warm soup and grilled cheese for lunch, shoo brothers out of leftovers again!
    Afternoon: get stewed tomatoes, onions, peppers out for recipe,Shoo brothers out of leftovers, look for brown sugar, find out it was all used for the BIG meal. Run to store and battle Black Friday crowds to buy brown sugar.
    Later: Finally get home after all the traffic, look for leftovers.
    Evening: Order Pizza.

  9. #9 Michael
    on Dec 24th, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    Wow! What a departure from the typical IV Man posts. Unfortunately, this post doesn’t do me much good since I have the culinary ability of a paper weight. It does look very delicious I must say.

    One thought I just had was that if you don’t have the time or wherewithal to make the bread bowls yourself (e.g. my wife and I don’t have a bread machine) then you could go to a local bakery or deli or something like that and purchase some bread bowls already made. I know that locally in Greenville, SC you could probably get bread bowls from Panera Bread, Atlanta Bread Company, and even Perkins Family Restaurant.

    Congrats on the inaugural post to the First Lady of IV Man Nation!

  10. #10 Becka
    on Dec 24th, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    Thanks for all your kind remarks about my first blog post as guest author.
    I do hope you will try the bread bowls – they are easy and delicious.

    For those who don’t have a bread machine if you will follow the link to the King Arthur site their directions are for making the dough with a mixer.

    I’ll be back soon with another recipe for leftover turkey.

  11. #11 Dave
    on Dec 25th, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    Ooooooo, those look good. My leftover turkey meal isn’t creative, but it sure is good…You’ll need some of those tomato tortilla wraps. Cook some rice with tomatoes, banana peppers, onions, and bell peppers. Put the rice, vegetables, and turkey together in the wrap and you’ve got yourself a nice little meal to hold you over for a while.

  12. #12 Tim
    on Dec 27th, 2008 at 2:18 am

    Ah, Becka, your bloggy arrival is overdue.

    When I am in a restaurant or even a city where I suspect good bread is baked fresh, on-site (especially San Francisco, but even in many modest eateries here in Portland, Ore.), I always spring for the bread bowls. Yum. I have no bread machine, but am I naive to think that good ol’ hand kneading will do the trick as well?

    Allow me to reciprocate with a favorite, rather exquisite biscuit recipe I make frequently:


    (Tim’s buttermilk biscuits supreme)

    Miss you all…. –Tim