So, today we are focusing on a few Thanksgiving leftover recipes! This is what I've got for you:
BBQ pulled turkey sandwiches
turkey and stuffing hash
cranberry banana nut tea cake
I also made a mashed potato-dumpling soup but it was pretty late at night and I didn't have any lovely natural light with which to take pictures. So I'll give you the recipe but alas, no pictures. It was excellent though.
For the BBQ pulled turkey sandwiches:
Shred some leftover turkey into a large bowl.
Add some store-bought BBQ sauce, ketchup, Dijon mustard, yellow mustard, and a little hot sauce, all to taste.
Mix, mix, mix!
Taste for seasoning and then build your sandwiches.
Take a toasty bun, pile on the BBQ, pickles and mustard and enjoy!
For the turkey and stuffing hash:
Dice up a few red potatoes and some leftover turkey and throw it in a large skillet with leftover stuffing.
Saute till nice and crispy on the edges - about 10 minutes over medium heat. Fry up an egg and serve on top!
How easy is that??
For sopa seca:
First of all, sopa seca is a Mexican-style noodle casserole. It has smoked turkey and fideos in it but I thought we'd go way easy here and use leftover turkey and...wait for it, Ramen noodles. How easy!
Preheat your oven to 375*.
Pour about 1/4 cup of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Take four packets of Ramen noodles (any flavor) and toast them in the skillet until golden brown. (save one of those flavor packets) Remove and set aside.
Saute one diced onion in the remaining olive oil, until tender. Add 3 cloves of minced garlic, about a teaspoon each of oregano, chili powder, and cumin and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Add one 32 ounce can of diced tomatoes and 2 minced chipotles en adobo and stir until thickened about 2 minutes. Stir in 1 1/2 cups of water along with the reserved flavor packet and the toasted noodles. Add some salt and pepper, to taste, and 2 cups of diced turkey.
Simmer, breaking up the noodles, for about 5 minutes, cover with cheese and bake for about 20 minutes until heated through. Serve with sour cream!
For the cranberry banana nut tea cake:
4 very ripe bananas
1/4 cup sour cream
2 cups flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 stick butter, at room temperature
2 tablespoons Crisco
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup fresh cranberries (or 3/4 cup dried)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Mash the bananas with the sour cream. Set aside.
Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, table salt, teaspoon nutmeg and cinnamon. Set aside.
Cream butter and Crisco together in a large mixing bowl. Add sugar and cream again for about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each egg. Blend in vanilla.
Beat in 1/3 of the flour mixture, then 1/2 of the banana mixture, 1/3 of the flour mixture and so on until using all the flour and banana mixtures.
Stir in cranberries and chopped walnuts.
Pour into a buttered and floured loaf pan and bake for one hour at 375*.
Mashed Potato-Dumpling Soup
About 2 cups leftover mashed potatoes
Turkey carcass (I hate that word.)
Any leftover herbs you might have (thyme, rosemary, sage, parsley)
1 cup leftover turkey gravy
1 onion, quartered
1 carrot, roughly chopped
A couple garlic cloves, smashed
2 tablespoons black peppercorns
1 bay leaf
Take the mashed potatoes out of the fridge and let sit until room temperature. Set aside.
Put the carcass, herbs, gravy, onion, carrot, garlic, peppercorns and bay leaf in a large stockpot. Cover with water and simmer until broth is rich and fragrant, about 1 hour. Strain through a fine mesh sieve and return to cleaned stockpot. Keep at a low simmer until the dumplings are made.
Mix the egg in with the mashed potatoes and turn onto floured surface. Knead until smooth and dough-like, adding flour all the while. (Maybe a 1/2 cup total)
Divide dough in half and roll into long ropes. Cut into 1 inch segments.
Bring turkey broth to a roiling boil and drop dumplings in carefully. Boil for about 2 minutes, until dumplings float, and serve!