Don’t know what to do with your leftover turkey? Make Keshkeg!

It’s the day after Thanksgiving, and you’re probably wondering what to do with that mound of leftover turkey. Never fear, keshkeg is here!

Keshkeg (aka Herriseh)

I posted a Chicken Herriseh (Keshkeg) recipe a while ago, but leftover turkey can easily be substituted.

Turkey Herriseh (Keshkeg)

4 cups leftover cooked turkey,shredded

8 cups water (turkey or chicken broth can be substituted)
2 cups whole wheat kernels, rinsed in cold water and drained
2 tsp. salt, or to taste
paprika, optional
butter, optional

1. Place broth in large pot. Add wheat, shredded turkey, and salt if
necessary. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low. Remove any foam which
rises to the surface.
2. Simmer on a very low heat, covered, for about 4 hours — without stirring! — until almost all liquid is absorbed.
3. Beat vigorously with a sturdy, long-handled, wooden spoon, mashing
the wheat and turkey until they resemble thick oatmeal. Adjust salt, if
4. To serve: place in bowls. Add a pat of butter, if desired. Sprinkle with a dash of cumin or paprika.

Robyn’s Notes:
A.) Time-saving hints:
1. Commercially prepared chicken or turkey broth may be used.

2.  Using an immersion or stick blender, instead of beating with a wooden spoon  in step #3, will save you a lot of time and energy!
B.) Leftover Herriseh freezes well. Just defrost, and reheat with a little extra liquid.

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  1. Unknown December 6, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Thanks for posting this! I love reading your recipes and am excited to try some. My husband and I made Keshkeg this week as soup #49 of our 52 Soup Project. You can see the post here:

    It's always nice to have an Armenian soup to post since we only have a few (tahn-abour and djajukh, which is kind of a stretch for soup, but still!). Thanks for all the fun recipes – looking forward to reading more!

    1. Robyn Kalajian December 8, 2013 at 10:37 am

      Ani, Thanks for your comment. Your soup project is such a great idea – good job!

    2. Unknown December 9, 2013 at 7:28 am

      THANK YOU!! Manti is on my list to complete before the year's end!


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