Holy macaroni, I am fatigué. Yesterday was full of cooking, cooking, cooking, and a fair amount of eating as well. There was a turkey, of course, rubbed in thyme and rosemary butter, and spiked with cider gravy. And potato puree, strained strenuously through a ricer and laced with cream and butter. I roasted carrots and radishes (with honey and apple cider vinegar) and broccoli florets (with roasty lemon juice and Parmesan).
I vow this year was the last I use bagged stuffing: I’ve done so before out of habit and tradition, but last night I finally had reason to check the salt content, and, well; I already doctor the dish with apples and onions and herbs, why not cut my own bread too? I don’t think the transition will be difficult, although I hope there won’t be backlash from the diners.
There was canned cranberry sauce on the table too, although I am not ready to give that up any time soon.
I will also mention (as much for my benifit, when I reference this post during next year’s Thanksgiving planning), that I stirred up homemade turkey stock three days ahead, and fashioned a sheet of key lime pie (we are in Florida, after all), a cranberry cake, and a tarte tatin a day ahead.
So now I am a touch kitchen-weary, as I am willing to bet you are too. As a result, today’s post will be more of a roundup of ideas than any concrete recipe. I hope these prompts spark delicious snacks and meals, to use up those stellar Thanksgiving leftovers.
The work is done; now it’s time to relax, and enjoy a weekend of scrumptious surplus. I know I will.
The Classic: turkey, cranberry sauce, a swipe of warm gravy, arugula, white bread
The Sweet and Savory: bleu cheese, sliced turkey, cranberry chutney, toasted walnut raisin bread
The Grilled Cheese: melty cheddar cheese, squash puree, shredded dark meat turkey, white bread
The Vegetarian: thyme-and-butter sautéed mushrooms, melty swiss cheese, wheat toast
The Comfort Sandwich: roasted, fork-mashed sweet potato, apple slices, warm stuffing, cranberry sauce, baguette
The BLT: bacon, lettuce, turkey, mayo
The Spanish: sweet potato puree, white meat turkey, goat cheese, Marcona almonds
Turkey Noodle Soup: turkey (or chicken) stock, carrots, celery, onion, shredded white meat turkey, noodles
Black Bean: black beans, red pepper, onion, garlic, dark meat turkey, paprika, avocado
Turkey Pho: I direct you here.
Winter’s Coming: winter greens of your choice, turkey (or chicken) stock, shredded turkey, sweet potato, parsnip
Aromatic: leeks, bok choy, ginger, cinnamon, shredded turkey, turkey (or chicken) stock
Turkey Hash: peppers, onion, fried egg, turkey, herbs, potato wedges
Turkey Crêpe: shredded turkey, sautéed mushrooms, emmental cheese
Turkey Quiche: turkey, cheese of your choice (perhaps one, hard one soft), winter greens
Turkey Salad: white meat turkey, leftover grains, leftover roasted vegetables, leftover nuts, a sprinkle of hard cheese, the dressing of your choice
Frittata: shredded turkey, cheese, vegetables, herbs: customize
Baked Eggs: stale bread, spinach, mushrooms, leeks, egg, parmesan.
Before our flight back to New York this evening, I pledge to enjoy soaking up the sun. No cooking today!