Turkey Day Leftovers
Our day of feasting is over and there was plenty of food left over. Those leftovers are delicious and many people love them as much as they love Thanksgiving Day. By the end of the weekend some have changed their mind due to too many turkey sandwiches, turkey stew, turkey soup and all other things turkey. How can we avoid boredom before the leftovers are gone? A little creativity is in order.
Before we talk about how to use those good things, we need to discuss food safety. Read the About.com article, Storing Thanksgiving Leftovers Safely. The facts in the article are taken from the US Food and Safety Bureau. A few simple precautions will keep your food fresh and wholesome.
Cut turkey and stuffing into smaller pieces in shallow containers, within two hours of cooking. Use these within three to four days, and use gravy within 2 days, or freeze them. Reheat to 165 degrees Fahrenheit or 74 degrees Celsius.
Now we can begin preparing our leftovers for post-holiday meals. Of course turkey sandwiches, either hot or cold, are popular, but we can also incorporate the meat in casseroles and other one-dish meals. Chop it finely and put it into chili or soups.
Don't forget to use the carcass for soup. The best flavor is obtained when the bones are put into a 350 degree Fahrenheit or 177 degrees Celsius oven, until they are golden. Put the bones and any scraps of skin into a soup pot. Add a few stems of celery and a carrot or two, some onions and garlic, parsley and other herbs. Cover with cold water to about 2 inches over the top of the contents of the pot. Bring the pot to a boil, then turn down the heat and simmer for an hour or two. You may want to strain the broth and then put fresh vegetables in it along with some bite size turkey pieces for a tasty soup. Add noodles at the very end, or better yet, place the cooked noodles into each bowl and ladle the soup over. If you leave the noodles or rice in the broth, be prepared for them to soak up all the broth.
One of my own favorites is mashed candied sweet potatoes. I like to add an egg and pour it into a pie shell to bake. No other sweetening is needed.
Mashed white potatoes can be made into a number of good side dishes. If you've never had them mixed with an egg, dusted with flour, formed into patties and browned in a frying pan, then you are in for a treat.
We have some creative recipes for you today, all by Calorie Count members. Enjoy!