Two turkeys at Thanksgiving means tons of leftovers. Tons. And with me not really loving the taste of turkey, I had to find ways to disguise it a bit. On Thanksgiving Friday, I made kung pao turkey (recipe here). Sunday we had turkey nachos (I mixed chopped turkey with Mexican chorizo and onions, which I then dolloped on tortilla chips). Tuesday we ate turkey in a more traditional manner with the leftover Thanksgiving sides - Mr Minx had his plain, but I ate mine on a sandwich with Kewpie mayo and cranberry sauce on marble rye. By Wednesday there were still several pounds of the beast left, so I suggested to Mr Minx that he make Turkey Tetrazzini, a casserole of pasta, mushrooms, and Swiss cheese.
It was the perfect comfort food meal for a rainy evening. Nice and creamy, with crispy bread crumbs and chunks of turkey and mushroom. Look at those browned and crispy edges!
Well, damn. I just made a ho-hum turkey noodle casserole with the last of my leftovers, this looks SO much better. Oh well.
By the way, since I know you're sort of local, last year and this year my family ordered smoked turkeys from http://www.maplelawn.com/ in Fulton, off 216. I think the chances are slim we'll ever do a roast bird again.
I did turkey pot pie last year but discovered that I really, really, really don't like the taste of leftover turkey. This year we did a smaller bird so there were fewer leftovers. And forced my family to eat it until it was gone, LOL.
And if I would not have bought a pre-sliced ham, we could have enjoyed cheesy ham and potato casserole - yum!
Next time, do turkey and sausage gumbo, with okra! Yum!!!!
Ginger - brilliant idea! I haven't made gumbo in years and have a recipe from my friend who worked for Emeril.
Kristin - not sure if the fam likes smoked turkey, but I'm willing to try it. I'm actually thinking of doing roast duck next year - fewer leftovers and I love duck.
No okra in gumbo - makes it slimy!
Gumbo without okra is is like beef stew without beef. "Gumbo" means "okra" in Bantu.
And okra is only slimy if undercooked. Pesonally, I love okra any way I can get it.
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