October 12, 2017
There tends to be a lot of leftovers in the house post-Thanksgiving, and not just turkey - with everything in season, I tend to overstock on produce, too. Fortunately, it all helps when it’s time to upcycle any remnants from the big bird. I’m a (big) fan of the turkey sandwich, on homemade buttered bread with cranberry sauce, or in a panini with melty cheese, but after multiple turkey dinners, any turkey I have lingering in my fridge or freezer I’d rather not resemble the original meal. Also, I’m about ready for a break from bread and cheese, and crave a big, crunchy salad – so long as it’s one with personality, and dousing it in peanut sauce with a bit of a chili kick instead of the usual dressing can’t hurt. Crunchy iceberg lettuce + shredded leftover turkey + spicy peanut sauce is always a hit.
I also love making turkey dinner poutine, using any leftover meat and gravy, and there are usually plenty of potatoes in the house. Make fries in the oven or stovetop, and top with warmed leftover gravy and cheese curds—and even some crumbled stuffing, if there is any. It makes a fun dinner the week after, with minimal prep.
And if we don’t want to eat dinner for a few days—or a few months—I love making turkey chili with butternut squash and apples. You can do it with ground turkey or chopped leftover roasted turkey, and the addition of black beans and butternut squash (we often have leftover squash after Thanksgiving dinner too) adds a nutrient boost, the apples providing some sweetness. As with all chilis, it tastes even better the day after you make it, so gives a bit of a break from turkey in between. It also freezes well, so is a great way to take care of leftovers and tuck them away for another day. And if you want to make it more soupy, it will use up that turkey stock you made (right?) as well.
And because our best four legged friend, Lou, also likes leftovers, a batch of turkey dinner dog treats, made with anything and everything we have left over from the big feast, will make him happy too.
Have a great week, all!
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