Leftovers are the land of countless consuming prospects
This story was initially revealed in November 2020.
There are leftovers, after which there are leftovers. For me, leftovers are like cash within the financial institution. They’re a break day from cooking — a mine of latest combos and selfmade quick meals.
Thanksgiving unleashes a welcome flood of leftovers, although I’ve buddies who moan about vacation leftovers as I’d, too, if it meant coping with leftover inexperienced bean casserole, which is tough to do something with. Different buddies moan when the turkey carcass results in another person’s soup pot. I am keen on Thanksgiving leftovers and have plans for what to do with all of them, even the relish tray.
Turkey, stuffing, gravy: Eat at 1:00 p.m. or so, and also you’ll be hungry sufficient at 8:00 for a turkey sandwich. Some folks put stuffing and even leftover cranberry sauce in a sandwich. I like mine plain with mayo and a leaf or two of lettuce. Alternatively, a scorching turkey sandwich on toast with gravy poured over makes a great scorching lunch.
Attempt taking turkey meat off the chicken, combine it with gravy, and put leftover stuffing on high in a casserole dish, and warmth it within the oven at 350 levels Fahrenheit till it bubbles and the stuffing crisps up. Yum.
Alternatively, use mashed potatoes for a form of turkey-herders pot pie. And even use pastry. Freeze sufficient turkey for considered one of these dishes and also you’ll have a fast supper to eat in December if you end up too busy with vacation preparations to prepare dinner from scratch.
Extra turkey meat makes a welcome turkey salad. Chop up leftover celery from the relish tray so as to add with the dressing, or perhaps a little pickled onion. Add curry to the dressing, and stir in a bit cranberry chutney.
Pretty turkey broth from slowly simmered bones; you may even add leftover gravy in the event you nonetheless have some. Use recent celery and carrots or the remainder of them from the relish tray, plus onion, rice or orzo, and bits of turkey lurking on the bones, plucked off and added. Eat some, freeze some. Mmmm.
Patties of mashed potatoes, enhanced with garlic or horseradish, are a beautiful aspect for any meal. Prepare dinner some fish and mash into the potatoes to make fish truffles. Chop a bit kale, chard or cabbage and soften them by steaming or sautéing, or use your leftover Brussels sprouts, then mash them into leftover potatoes for a aspect dish. Plus, mashed potatoes lend themselves to numerous creamy soups made with corn, leeks or fish.
Cooked squash has its prospects, too. Saute chopped peppers and onion, stir them with canned or frozen corn, season with chili or cumin, add an egg or two, high with cheese and bake for an awesome all-vegetable casserole. Attempt enchiladas with cooked squash plus canned black beans.
Then there are many soup prospects. It’s not a foul concept to prepare dinner extra squash than you propose to eat on Thanksgiving so you will have sufficient for soup later. Freeze some.
How a few easy bisque-like soup with cream, salt and pepper, with or with out curry. Skinny squash out with hen or vegetable broth, add kidney or cannellini or black beans, and corn, maybe some chili powder or, in the event you like a little bit of burn, scorching sauce, purple pepper flakes, or powdered chipotle pepper.
For one thing a bit completely different, a Thai-style squash soup may give you the results you want. Coconut milk will give it the fitting taste. Use one can of coconut milk for each 4 cups of cooked squash, or add a half a can, style it, then add extra in the event you suppose you’ll get pleasure from it. You possibly can purchase Thai seasoning on the grocery retailer in packets or in jars of paste, each purple and inexperienced. The soup could be aromatic with spice or fierier with purple pepper or cayenne.
Likelihood is superb that you’ve got readily available in your spice cupboard all of the components for selfmade Thai-spice combine. Black pepper, turmeric, coriander, cumin, ginger, mustard powder and garlic powder appear to be the essential mixture, with some variations calling for cloves and paprika, and for the warmer variations cayenne. You possibly can most likely pass over considered one of them and no hurt performed, besides perhaps to authenticity.
I put collectively a mix and was delighted with the flavors. I’d moderately concoct a combination like that as wanted than have a jar of seldom used blends sitting round in between makes an attempt at Thai cooking. A recipe follows for a selfmade Thai seasoning.
Apple pie and/or pumpkin pie: As leftovers? There’s no such factor as a leftover pie drawback! Pie for dessert on the primary meal and pie after your turkey sandwich. Then in case you are fortunate, pie for breakfast subsequent morning.
Greatest Thanksgiving needs to you all! Might you be blessed with leftovers.
Thai Spice Seasoning
Yields a scant quarter cup
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon coriander
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon mustard powder
1/8 to ½ teaspoon cayenne powder, or to style
1 teaspoon paprika, optionally available
1 teaspoon cloves optionally available
Add components collectively in a small bowl and whisk or stir till blended. Retailer in an hermetic container.