I love this time of year! There is nothing like having a houseful of kids, laughter and great food. My older two came home from college yesterday and I can not tell you how happy this mama became as everyone sat in the family room catching up, picking on each other and giggling. Old friends popped in and we relived memories from high school days. I loved watching my younger two as they chimed in and felt like they were fitting in with the “big guys.” It was one of those nights that make a mom so happy.
Thanksgiving is all about the memories, the conversations and of course the turkey. As much as I enjoy the traditional Thanksgiving meal, I love reinventing leftovers into something that is completely different than the original form. One of our family’s favorite dishes to make with the leftover Thanksgiving turkey is Creamy Turkey Orzo Risotto. It is one of the simplest dishes but somehow it seems like you are enjoying a delicate risotto that required painful stirring. The addition of eggs and fresh lemon takes this dish to a whole new level.
Thanksgiving leftovers don’t need to be boring — try this dish and let me know what you think. By the way, feel free to use chicken – my kids love this recipe so much that we quite often make this for a quick and easy Weekday Supper using a rotisserie chicken.
- 6 cups of chicken stock
- 1 pound box of orzo
- 2 cups cooked turkey or chicken, shredded
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 2 eggs
- 1 lemon
- sea salt and pepper to taste
- parsley, chopped for garnish
- shaved parmesan cheese
- Bring the chicken stock to a boil in a large saucepan.
- Lower heat to medium low and add the orzo pasta. Stir until the pasta is loose in the water.
- Simmer uncovered until orzo is tender, and al dente, stirring frequently for approximately 18 to 20 minutes. There will still be some liquid in the pan.
- Remove ½ cup of liquid from the pan and temper the eggs - add the eggs and stir them with the warm liquid.
- Add the shredded turkey or chicken and stir until well blended.
- Add butter and parmesan cheese to the orzo and stir quickly.
- Add the tempered eggs and continue to stir.
- Add juice from ½ lemon and continue to stir.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Slice remaining lemon into thin slices and use as garnish in individual bowls.
- Garnish with parsley and lemon slices and serve immediately.
- Sprinkle with shaved parmesan cheese if desired
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. May you create memories that will last a lifetime around your family table!
This week’s event is hosted by Jennie of The Messy Baker Blog and I couldn’t imagine a line-up of more creative and delicious reinvented recipes.
- Cranberry Sauce Muffins by The Foodie Army Wife
- Cranberry Sauce’d Cornbread Muffins by Rhubarb and Honey
- Leftover Stuffing Breakfast Strata by Ruffles & Truffles
- Sweet Potato Casserole Muffins by Magnolia Days
- Turkey & Chorizo Breakfast Hash by Brunch with Joy
- Creamy Gochujang Peanut Pasta Salad by Wallflour Girl
- Creamy Sweet Potato Soup by Take A Bite Out of Boca
- Creamy Turkey Orzo Risotto by Family Foodie
- Herbed Turkey over Cornbread Waffles with Cranberry Sauce by girlichef
- Leftover Pie by Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
- Leftover Thanksgiving Pizza by Meal Diva
- Moroccan Turkey Stew by What Smells So Good?
- Peruvian Cilantro and Turkey Soup by The Little Ferraro Kitchen
- Stuffing Hash by The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
- Thanksgiving Leftover Waffles by Foxes Love Lemons
- Turkey and Butternut Squash Stew by Cooking Chat
- Turkey & Caramelized Onion Risotto by kimchi MOM
- Turkey and Stuffing Crepes by Peaceful Cooking
- Turkey Croquettes by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Turkey Enchilada Pasta Bake by Curious Cuisiniere
- Turkey Kreplach Soup by Panning the Globe
- Turkey with Mustard Mascarpone Marsala Sauce by Casa de Crews
- Cheesy Jalapeño Potato Cakes by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Cheesy Mashed Potato Croquettes by Noshing with the Nolands
- Cranberry Balsamic Glazed Cauliflower Wings by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Italian Mashed Potato Pancakes by The Weekend Gourmet
- Parmesan Mashed Cauliflower & Potato by Momma’s Meals
- Whipped Carrots with Sriracha Butter by Healthy Delicious
- Apple Pecan Chicken (or Turkey!) Salad by NeighborFood
- Cranberry and Turkey Sandwiches by The Redhead Baker
- Monte Cristo Sandwich by Nik Snacks
- Sprouted Grain Turkey, Cranberry & Brie Panini by Amee’s Savory Dish
- Turkey Cranberry Flatbread by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Turkey Hot Brown by The Life and Loves of Grumpy’s Honeybunch
Condiments & Sauces:
- Cranberry Vinaigrette by Nosh My Way
- DIY Yellow Mustard by The Texan New Yorker
- Leftover White Wine Syrup by Food Lust People Love
- Banana Cheesecake with Pecan Graham Cracker Crust by Desserts Required
- Cranberry Cream Cheese Bars by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Gluten Free Lemon Drizzle Cake by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Spiced Cranberry Sauce Buckle by The Wimpy Vegetarian
Cocktails & Drinks:
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