Sunday, November 27, 2011

Culinary IQ: Sunday, November 27, 2011

Still Eating Turkey?

While turkey is the traditional Thanksgiving centerpiece for the meal, our gathering has grown to include a ham and most recently a vegan main course. So when the dust cleared there was a lot of turkey left over. After all that hard work what do you do with the leftovers?

Here are a few suggestions:

First there is the sandwich, you could make a simple sandwich with some turkey, mayo, lettuce and tomato or you could get more adventurous and add some of the leftover cranberry sauce and stuffing. Take it a little further and make a puree out of the leftover sweet potatoes to add to the sandwich. A nice club sandwich could be made using the leftover ham and some bacon. What is your favorite sandwich?

How about a pot pie? With some frozen peas, carrots and green beans you can make a mean pot pie. All you need are a couple of pre-made pie crusts. Make a cream sauce and add the turkey vegetables and whatever seasonings you prefer then put a pie shell in the bottom of the pan pour in the filling and cover with the second pic crust. Pinch and roll the two crust together and cut a few slits in the top to let out the steam. The pot pie can be baked immediately or frozen for baking later.

Soup is always good this time of year. You could make a nice vegetable turkey soup or turkey noodle or rice. Serve with a nice loaf of crusty bread and you have a warm pleaser.

One of my favorites is an old diner special, the hot turkey sandwich. Start with two pieces of bread then add warm turkey, mashed potatoes and top with the left over turkey gravy. This takes me back to my childhood.

There are an endless number of things that you can do with leftover turkey. I would like to hear what you did with yours.

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