Leftover turkey is the best part of the Thanksgiving meal. One of my favorite leftover treats is a turkey sandwich with lettuce, tomato, a smear of miracle whip and a couple slices of bacon.
My dad used to make creamed turkey over toast for us. This dish would show up several weeks after Thanksgiving was over. He was famous for freezing leftovers in the second refrigerator in the basement.
That was the old school fast food, go down to the freezer and see what we could thaw out for dinner. He would amaze us with his tasty concoctions.
If you’re looking for new ways to use your leftovers the Internet is the place I found recipes for Turkey supreme, turkey pot pie, turkey chili, turkey hash, turkey ala king, curry turkey, turkey supreme, turkey tetrazzini and turkey broccoli casserole.
There is even a website for a diabetic Thanksgiving (www.dlife.com) it has more than 8,000 recipes for the diabetic.
I bought a roaster a couple of years ago and plan to use it for my turkey this year to free up my oven for other things like macaroni and cheese, sweet potato casserole, rolls and cornbread stuffing.
One of my other favorites for leftover turkey is turkey salad. Chop up the turkey and a couple of boiled eggs in a bowl add some sweet relish and miracle whip and serve over sliced tomatoes or make a sandwich with the salad. Now that’s good eating!
If your family is small like mine a whole turkey might be too much for you. Try a turkey breast if you like having turkey around the holidays. This is also a favorite of the white meat lovers. One of my favorite holiday recipes is right on the fried onion can, the famous green been casserole. I remember the first time I had that dish that has become a staple of the holiday. I t was about 25 years ago when the first lady of our church brought the dish to a pot luck dinner.
I was so impressed with it I ran out and bought the ingredients and made the dish that weekend. It’s funny how some dishes become so popular and become a holiday favorite. We all love tradition but try something new or put a new twist on an old dish. Instead of using canned cranberry sauce, make it from scratch, add oranges or pineapple. It is so easy.
If you’re the chef this year, it’s best to prepare your bird un-stuffed at a temperature no lower than 325. Be sure the turkey is completely thawed and don’t forget to remove the giblet bag inside the turkey. I did that once, it’s not pretty. Here is another tip for the novice, you can’t thaw a 20-lb. turkey in one hour. Read the label.
When you sit down for your meal remember to give thanks for all that you have and all that you don’t have.
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