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Thansgiving Leftovers…Fun for a While

November 27, 2009

On Friday, the Thanksgiving leftovers look like a bounty of glorious riches, the fridge bursting with succulent slices of turkey, glistening cranberry sauce, sealed containers filled with roasted veggies, stuffing, gravy. We assemble sandwiches, we hack off slices of pie and eat them cold, standing in front of the fridge, admiring what we have wrought.

On Saturday the gravy has formed a skin, and the mashed potatoes could hold a croquet mallet aloft. And that turkey carcass, which has been so nice to pick at willy nilly, is kind of freaking you out.

Isn’t it funny that no other meal seems to produce more leftovers, and therefore more leftover stress, than Thanksgiving? And isn’t it funny that because, by and large, we are all making the same meal, we all have the same leftovers to work with? Kind of. Funny, that is.

Anyway, this reality has inspired us to create a brand new way to search for recipes on Cookstr. We have tagged a bunch of recipes “Thanksgiving Leftovers”, so that when you type those words into the search bar, you will find new ways to fall back in love with the contents of your refrigerator.  Turkey Congee, Turkey Potpie with a Biscuit Crust, Mashed Potato Cakes, Butternut Squash Soup with Gruyere Pesto.

Because there are only so many turkey sandwiches one can eat.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. wes permalink
    November 28, 2009 8:27 pm

    One of my husband’s favorite leftover turkey dishes is turkey chimichangas. Shred some of the leftover turkey and add to sauteed onions, garlic and roasted green chiles. Wrap in a flour tortilla and fry until golden. Serve with shredded lettuce, salsa, cheese and sour cream as desired.

  2. December 2, 2009 12:09 am

    We officially took a break from turkey leftovers last night. Tonight, we ate up the rest of the leftovers beside the turkey. We still have some turkey in the freezer which will make a turkey curry, turkey sofrito and such on busy nights in the coming weeks. I think my favorite turkey leftover so far has been turkey pesto pasta. Knowing something about sauces from different cultures makes turkey leftovers easier to deal with.

    John
    Chef Dad

  3. December 7, 2009 10:04 pm

    We made the turkey croquettes as found on cookstr. They were AMAZING.

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