Parsing Thanksgiving Leftovers: What Are You Eating Today?

Categories: Whimsy

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Alice Laussade
The Cheap Bastard's Thanksgiving leftover sandwich
The big dance may be over, but Thanksgiving lives on inside our refrigerators. Leftover turkey and sides revisit us for days after the holiday -- lingering in Tupperware, covered in foil and wrapped in plastic, until that 5-day-old turkey funk reaches out from our fridge to punch us in the nose.

The best way to get rid of leftovers in a hurry is through creative attempts to reinvent old dishes anew. The leftover sandwich (sort of pictured above) is the most common post-Thanksgiving creation, but everyone has his or her own favorite strategy for cleaning out the icebox. Here are two more from City of Ate's most devoted (to getting fat) staff.

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Lauren Drewes Daniels
Daniels takes it easy in the morning with a nice light breakfast before tearing into cold turkey and gelatinous gravy in the late afternoon. Leftover cranberry sauce meets cream cheese on Empire Bakery's pecan cranberry bread. I'd eat this well into December.

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Whitney Filloon
Our new Drunkenness Correspondent can't be bothered with leftovers in their natural states. She picks them apart and turns them into new dishes. Her savory bread pudding used a stale sourdough boule, roasted butternut squash and bacon, with sauteed onions and garlic, herbs and cheddar cheese. To get rid of turkey she whips up a simple noodle soup.

On Twitter and Facebook we asked the same question of our followers and friends: What's are you doing with your leftovers? Here are a few of our favorite answers.

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That's two votes for a delicious turkey soup encased in flaky savory crust. I wish they'd made minis and brought me one I could eat whole.

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Sure it's just another form of the leftover sandwich, but calling it a slider makes it special, and heck, I could use a few more biscuits.
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Karma Kitchen, the latest food truck to be shunned by the city that doesn't love fun, takes the prize for absolutely freaking me out. I'm a sucker for hash, but theirs is one leftovers idea good enough to make me crave a second lunch.

We know you're not done yet. While we toil away at Dallas Observer Headquarters, you guys owe us a report from your couches. How are you eating your leftovers?



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Kergo 1 Spaceship

Today I'm doing stuffed shells:

-diced leftover turkey-fresh basil from the garden-leftover pepper gravy, magically transformed into white wine sauce-for the stuffed shells-and ricotta 

and I have to do another King Ranch Chicken, cause the kids ate it all........oh well, it's ALL leftovers!  Just gotta figure out what to do with the remaining ham.  Maybe stuffed chicken breasts w/ham, swiss-maybe some spinach?

mmarks
mmarks

We're having "Thanksgiving sandwiches" on homemade Italian country bread, which consist of sliced turkey, stuffing, mayo and cranberry sauce. Awesome.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

I just had a dinner roll with a layer of green bean casserole on the bottom a slice of ham folded in half topped with layer of dressing heated for 30 sec in the micrwave. .....mmmmm....delish... and followed it down with a nice cold Barq's rootbeer

Nic Rodriguez
Nic Rodriguez

 I found out, purely by accident, that tortillas make an awesome substitution for dinner rolls when it comes to leftovers.  We had turkey and dressing tacos, burritos and even some tortas when grandma whipped up some bolilos.

cp
cp

I think every leftover kitchen should strive to be more like "Chopped". Only use the leftovers in your fridge (and have use of the pantry too). If you have to leave the house to go to a grocery store the next day (or weekend, for that matter) to buy new foods to marry to your leftovers, then you've started a perpetual cycle of leftover madness. You'll end up in three years with a "starter" turkey gravy or some such. Therefor I reject all ideas that involve another trip to the store. 

Steve
Steve

Somebody get this jerkoff his participant ribbon, please.

Republic of Kergon
Republic of Kergon

Methinks if you Twitter-meh, ok.  Methinks if you are on Facebook, and yer a guy-get nuts sown on?

-Republic of Kergon

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

chicken parmesan king ranch chicken......and turkey soup with stuffing balls-and ham and swiss sammiches.

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Kergo 1 Spaceship

I ate my fingers because I haven't washed them in three days, and I was "houngry".  Just kiddin'.  Today I made lasagna, and stew with leftovers.  Also, I made a penne' bake with shredded chicken, and leftover veggies.  And for dinner:

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Dear Genius, Italians have been doing this for 3000 years-thank you?  It's called EVERY Sunday-thank you (Lasagna, Stuffed Shells, Soup, Antipasto).   We don't waste-THANK YOU!  And I summise " Chopped" is some freakin' cookin' show (with flashy lights and a bad tempered chef), and now yer a chef, blah, blah, blah de blah....blah....blah.  Any original thoughts not mined from tv bullsh%t?  

cp
cp

And props to Lauren and Whitney if they have these Food Network stocked fridges, but I don't think Alice and Scott do. Or most people, as they tend to lighten the load before Thanksgiving. 

Kergo OTOH most likely has ham and swiss and fritos and Bisquick and cream of mushroom soup and Tabasco. So I can believe that he can make a decent leftover something whilst gazing at the stars with his one-stove kerosene burner along the quiet and serene shores of Lake Texoma.  

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

I dislike your comment.  At least Kergs has something to say relating to the blog post.  You on the other hand...well nevermid...go jump off the lake lewisville bridge

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Kergo 1 Spaceship

You seem to be a f@cking expert on jerking off?  I, guess, ummm, that's good?  And I bet it's the cunning, one sentence answers that slays the ladies, or dudes....or World of Warcraft freaks.   POW!

Guest
Guest

Speaking of leftovers. If you haven't picked up the December Saveur you should.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Wow, sorry about the grizzle of the above post!  Maybe a bit harsh; I am really leery of folks, and cookin' shows  Hey, sometimes I get it wrong!   Pretty accurate desciption of the Kerg's leftovers-but:

-Kerosene SUCKS! Butane is a much better fire (more oxygen), and you can cook indoors!  I can't tell you HOW MANY fairly nice places I've stayed at where people knock at the door (I'm thinkin' it's the fuzz!), and ask simply ask what I'm cooking?

Top 5 Hotel Crank Fires:-Shrimp and Garlic-Mushrooms and Parmesan w/White Wine-Pasta w/Sauteed Onions and Red Wine-Making low level Chix Parm-King Ranch Chicken (dutch oven style)

-Frito's-nasty........I'm from the north, and I don't understand what ya'll do with Frito's, or the infatuation?

-I don't camp at Texoma anymore; I save the good trips for:-Arkansas-Colorado-New Hampshire-Texas is spring; probably North Padre, or the Hill Co.

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