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thanksgiving leftovers!

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whats everyones favorite leftover recipes? i dont just want to reheat - i want to make something completely new. ideas?

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  1. well, the pinnacle of leftovers is a turkey sandwich made on lightly toasted country bread, the day after: mostly white meat, plenty of mayonnaise, and salt and pepper. Turkey sandwiches come but once a year, like this.

    Next best thing is Turkey pot pie. we made this last night (we cooked our turkey on Sunday so I am all off schedule). First, make a stock from the carcass and any leftover veggies/pan juices. Then take about 1 qt stock, 1 chopped up carrot, 1 chopped up celery rib, 1 chopped up onion, and 1 chopped up potato and simmer it all together for about 20 mins or til the potato is cooked. Then make a roux (using fat from the turkey pan juices, of course) and use the strained stock to make your gravy. Sorry, you gotta know how to do this, I don't actually make the roux in my family, sorry, i'm sorry. Anyway, now you have veggies and gravy, then take (enough of) yer leftover turkey and mix them all together. Put them in a good casserole dish, and last night we also added sauteed mushrooms and some un-frozen green peas, and some salt and pepper. Then make your favorite biscuit recipe, and distribute the biscuit dough over the top of the dish, and bake at 350F until the liquid is bubbling and the biscuits are done.

    What with the stock and all, this seems like a Saturday or Sunday recipe, enit?

    I think it is my favorite. We do it with leftover chicken too.

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    1. re: patrick

      We make our sandwiches just a wee bit differently. We do a triple decker essentially. Spread bottom piece with a light layer of butter, add a thin layer of turkey, then a gravy soaked piece of bread, then another thin layer of turkey, then a little cranberry sauce, and a top butter spread bread. If we're really feeling it, we might add a thin layer of potatoes on top of the bottom piece of bread, or even a thin layer of stuffing. T-Day plate on a sandwich.

      1. re: Emme

        wow! I like the gravy-soaked piece of bread...a nice touch.

    2. Our favorite is turkey enchiladas....very very very good IF you make your own enchilada sauce which is so easy!

      1. Make a curried turkey and fruit (apple, mango, pomergranate) salad, with walnuts, raisins, onions, celery, a pinch of curry powder and Helmans; serve on fresh rolls with a soup.

        -T

        1. For a small breakfast, I had hard boiled eggs, halved on the length, remove yolk, fill with dressing, cover with gravy.

          S/I/L's dressing has greens (kale, spinach, herbs) and pancetta in it, so this breakfast had much flavor.

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          1. re: kc girl

            any chance you could post that dressing recipe? sounds intriguing...and yummy

          2. The rest of my turkey is going into a King Ranch Casserole. My recipe includes a homemade sauce, not cans of cream of anything soups. Cheese, green chilis, olives, green onions, tortillas, can't wait. Will post recipe if you are interested.

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            1. re: Coyote

              Am interested, please!

              1. re: Val

                Coyote's King Ranch Casserole

                Sauce

                2 tablespoons unsalted butter
                2 garlic cloves, minced
                1/2 teaspoon chili powder
                1/2 teaspoon cumin
                1 tablespoons flour
                1 cup chicken stock
                1/2 cup half and half (or milk)
                1/4 cup sour cream
                salt and pepper

                Filling

                1 tablespoon unsalted butter
                1 onion, diced
                small can green chilis, 4.5 ounces
                8 ounces sliced mushrooms
                3/4 cup canned, diced tomatoes

                Have ready:
                corn tortillas
                2 cups shredded cooked turkey (or chicken)
                1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
                1/4 cup sliced green olives with pimento
                1/4 cup sliced green onions

                Preheat oven to 350. Grease a large baking dish.

                Saute garlic, and spices for sauce in butter in a saucepan. Whisk in flour, then stock and half and half. Simmer until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in sour cream. Salt and pepper to taste.

                Saute onion and mushrooms in butter. Add chilis and tomatoes and heat through.

                You can fry corn tortillas in oil if you wish to soften them but I don't.

                Layer tortillas in baking dish, add half the turkey, a third of the sauce, half the cheese, half the olives and half the green onion. Repeat layering, ending with sauce.

                Bake at 350 for thirty to forty minutes, until bubbly.