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Nov 12, 2008 03:42 PM

Thanksgiving leftovers? What's your fave?

I have a whole file of turkey and other recipes for using up the meal....sometimes I wait all year for these. They involve turkey chili, fancy turkey sandwiches, enchiladas and my own self-invented
version of the Hot Brown sandwich from Kentucky which is really good. (Apologies to everyone in Kentucky because this isn't authentic AT ALL.)

My favorite by far, and the one I wait for every year is:

2/3 c. mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 c. diced cooked turkey or chicken
2 red apples, cored and diced
2/3 c. sliced celery
1/2 c. chopped walnuts (make sure they’re fresh)
pinch of cinnamon
small handful of dried cranberries (Craisins)

In large bowl combine mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Add turkey, apples, cinnamon and craisins and celery. Toss to coat well. Cover and chill.

Serve on a beautiful lettuce leaf. Just before serving sprinkle with walnuts.


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  1. That sounds wonderful. I live all year for the day after Thanksgiving Sandwich. Wheat bread toasted; best foods mayonnaise; crisp lettuce leaf; slice of jellied cranberry sauce; scoop of stuffing; and sliced turkey.

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    1. re: laliz

      At about nine o'clock that night ... you wander into the kitchen and slice some turkey reallyreally thin, and make a sandwich with good mayo and the leftover dinner rolls, and salt and freshly ground black pepper. And life is good.

    2. and yes, you can add cream cheese, bacon, and avocado and put it on a tortilla and call it a wrap.

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      1. re: laliz

        I am so with you on the sandwich. I think I look forward to this more than the Thanksgiving meal. I like your idea of a wrap. Sounds interesting. Will have to try it this year.

      2. A turkey sandwich the day after is our look-forward-to lunch as well. So simple, Such a throw back to younger days. Then, if you're lucky and have the carcass, the expectation of the turkey soup to come.

        1. Turkey chower with wild rice.crimini and pancetta very easy very elegant.


          1. Tetrazzini! It's what Thanksgiving's all about. And the sandwiches of course!