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Oct 29, 2009 11:06 AM

Do you give everyone Thanksgiving leftovers to take home?

Just wondering if you do this for all or any of your guests.

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  1. We always do and thank heavens other family members do also. This is especially true of leftover turkey. Certain relatives Must have their Day-After-Thanksgiving turkey sandwiches. But if it's my carcass I get to keep it... I usually like to give the pies, or pieces, away too. I'm not much of sweets lover. The relatives can take away anything they want - just leave the bones to me.

    1. Yes, but I don't share everything. I'll gladly share the white turkey meat, ham, sweet potatoes, au gratin potatoes and veggies, rolls and sweets. There are things I won't give as leftovers - the dark turkey meat (I also keep the turkey carcass and ham bone for stock), gravy, stuffing, pearl onions au gratin, cranberry chutney and red velvet cake. Those are MINE!

      1. Great question, I've wondered the same thing. Last year, I made a triple batch of cornbread and sent my guests home with a nice serving along with a special batch of dark chocolate & raspberry bark. But the dinner fixins, leftovers are for me and mine :)
        We enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner sandwiches thru the know the ones with turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, gravy and sweet potatoes piled high between freshly baked bread! Gotta have those!

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        1. re: HillJ

          Dark chocolate and raspberry bark? That sounds amazing! Please tell us how you make it.

          1. re: DaisyM

            DaisyM, here you go!

            White or Dark Chocolate Raspberry Bark
            (this basic recipe makes a small batch which can be doubled or tripled)

            8 ounces white or dark chocolate, coarsely chopped

            2 tablespoons Raspberry Purée, at room temperature
            (here's the recipe for a batch of puree:

            Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

            Melt the chocolate in a stainless steel bowl over a saucepan of hot water, making sure that the water does not touch the bottom of the pan. Stir until smooth. Watch carefully as chocolate burns easily. Remove from heat, and using an offset spatula, spread the chocolate into a 10 inch square on the prepared baking sheet. With a spoon evenly drizzle the raspberry purée over the surface of the chocolate. Using toothpick or bamboo skewer swirl the raspberry purée through the chocolate to create a swirl design.

            Let the chocolate bark set at room temperature for 2 to 3 hours or until firm. Cut the bark into the desired shape and size pieces and then peel the parchment paper off . The raspberry puree is slightly sticky, so handle carefully. Then store in the refrigerator until you are ready to individually bag the bark.

            You can add chopped pistacho nuts or coconut shreds for crunch and color. Enjoy!

            1. re: HillJ

              I made peppermint bark last Christmas in much the same way: I used melted almond bark then I marbled it with melted chocolate bark. I sprinkled it with crushed (red & white) peppermint candies and let it harden. I broke it into pieces & served it with the other candies on on my candy tray. Everyone enjoyed it...

                1. re: HillJ

                  Thanks; I only make candy at Christmas and it was super easy!

              1. re: HillJ

                This sounds so super good! Thank you. Your guests must just love you.

                1. re: DaisyM

                  We take good care of each other! If you give the bark or bread recipe a try, let me know how they worked out for you. The bark is super easy and very adaptable. I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving!

              2. re: DaisyM


                Now, pie pops are a new twist for me. Very interesting. I might consider these for Christmas. Sure are cute.

              3. re: HillJ

                I'm going to try this cornbread this year as take home treats.

                The combo really appeals to me.

              4. Yes. Always. In fact, my sister always brings a hostess gift and empty tupperware. Everybody needs those day after sandwiches!

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                1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

                  My bachelor brother in law always brings his Tupperware too, it's so cute. But I've already been saving up sturdy leftover takeout containers for everyone anyway. I just ask what do you want and make up a to-go platter for each person, one meals worth. This is the one holiday that they ALWAYS say they want leftovers.

                2. We cook two turkeys one in a turkey roaster and I smoke one. DW doesn't like smoked turkey and most of the other folks do. So we have lots of leftover turkey (more of hers is leftover though :)).

                  We have lots of to go containers ready for the after dinner leftover sharing. I even have a few containers that I can put ice in for those that travel a bit.