Turkey Cranberry Salad

Turkey is one of the few foods we tend to consume primarily as “leftover.” If you make a beef roast, you might at some point start cutting it into strips and putting it on salads, but it doesn’t instantly make the psychological jump to “leftover” the day after you put it in the fridge; it’s just a roast. You don’t expect to consume it entirely when you make it.

Chicken stock has to be in there a while to become leftover chicken stock. If you make a coffee cake and there’s some in the fridge the next day, it’s not leftover cake. But the second a turkey dinner ends, we start to orchestrate magnificent plans to repackage this dish in casseroles, sandwiches, salads and soups, because now it’s leftover turkey. Because that’s a thing.

ksu_folder A family recipe provided by Jennifer Kiel of Washington, DC, from her mother-in-law’s collection, started in Kent, Ohio.


Turkey Cranberry Salad

Turkey Layer:

  • 2 envelopes plain gelatin
  • 1/2 c. cold water
  • 1 1/2 c. turkey broth
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • salt, to taste
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 c. finely diced turkey
  • 1/2 c. finely diced celery

Cranberry Layer:

  • 1 (1 lb) can jellied cranberry sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • dash salt
  • 1 envelope plain gelatin
  • 1/4 c. cold water
  • 1/2 c. boiling water

Soften gelatin in cold water. Heat 1 c. broth or bouillon made from 2 cubes and 1 1/2 c. boiling water. Add gelatin, stir until dissolved. Add remaining broth, lemon juice and salt. Cool. Blend a little of the gelatin mixture into mayonnaise until smooth; add remaining gelatin. Chill until syrupy. Fold in turkey and celery. Fold into a one and one-half quart oblong dish. Chill.

Mash cranberry sauce with a fork. Add lemon juice and salt. Soften gelatin in cold water. Add to boiling water; stir until dissolved. Add cranberry sauce; blend well. When turkey layer is set, pour sieved cranberry mixture over it. Chill several hours until cranberry mixture is set. With tiny cookie cutter or knife, cut a design in the center of each square and fill with mayonnaise. Makes 6 three-inch squares.

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