November 24, 2011

SWH4T$: Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

In celebration of American Thanksgiving, I thought I would feature a few ideas on how to stretch that Thanksgiving turkey a little further.

I remember when I was little I had a book about Thanksgiving and the little boy in the book used to always complain about how for the week after Thanksgiving they would have turkey every.single.night for dinner. I always wondered why that didn't happen in our house; either my family was a bunch of hungry pigs and ate it all that day, or we just had a really small turkey. Either way, I know in most households the turkey gets transformed into various & sundry leftover masterpieces :)

Everyone knows that leftovers are a great way to make your food dollar stretch. Moms know this, Chefs know this. It just works. Kitchens save money on feeding their staff by using leftover ingredients to make meals for the kitchen & waitstaff before service. Mizzle is always talking about the crazy things that they can do with pasta & chicken scraps.

My favorite thing to do with the leftover turkey is to make Thanksgiving Shepard's Pie. I have no idea where my mom got the recipe, but she's made it for the past few years and it is awesome. It's great because it also uses up your leftover mashed potatoes & stuffing.

Its really easy...even I can make it!

Layer as follows:
-stuffing (my dad makes sausage & sage stuffing)
-turkey with a bit of gravy
-veg of your choice (I like corn, Mizzle likes Green Bean Casserole)
-potatoes (my mom usually splits the pan in half with half regular mashed and half sweet potato)
-shredded cheese
Bake at 400* for about 30-40 minutes, or until warmed through and cheese on top has melted.

Other ways to stretch your bird:
-make stock with the carcass (speaking of which, carcass is such a weird word, isn't it?), freeze in ice cube trays and then transfer to a ziploc bag to store in the freezer to use in recipes throughout the year.
-make turkey soup or turkey gumbo
-Thanksgiving Sandwich (layer turkey, stuffing & cranberry sauce in between 2 hearty slices of bread with a thin shmear of mayo. Mmmmmm!)

And, as always, the best and cheapest way to enjoy your leftovers is to arrange them on a plate, pop them in the microwave or oven, and sit down at the table with your family and eat all together. Nothing is less expensive yet so incredibly rewarding all at the same time than spending time with family...

What do you do with your Thanksgiving leftovers? Have any creative ideas that you would like to share? Did anyone do any creative budgeting for their holiday meal? How did you organize your cooking time? Link up & share!

1 comment:

LC Hunt said...

Happy Thanksgiving & thanks for the tips :)

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