Sunday, November 29, 2009

Stretching Your Thanksgiving Leftovers



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Don't Waste Those Sweet Potatoes!

There are most certainly dozens of ways to enjoy your Thanksgiving leftovers. I'm no expert in the kitchen, but I can take it a bit further than turkey sandwiches and reheated Thanksgiving dishes. One of my favorites from my childhood was a layered casserole; we'll call it the No Name Thanksgiving Casserole! Here's how I would do it:

  1. Get out all your leftovers and a 13 X 9 dish to create your casserole in. Each will be different, so enjoy your creative control.
  2. My favorite is to place sweet potato casserole on the bottom, layering turkey slices over it.
  3. Then I slice chilled stuffing like meatloaf and layer this on top of the turkey.
  4. Mashed potatoes go on the next layer with gravy garnishing the top.
  5. If you're missing any of these traditional ingredients, no problem. Just skip them and include anything that sounds good to you.
  6. Bake in a preheated oven for about 30-40 minutes at 350 degrees. Test before serving.
Serve your leftover salad and cranberry sauce to round out your menu and you're in business.

Are you a soup lover? Me too! Here's my favorite turkey soup recipe at last year's post: Organic Turkey and Rice Soup. I'm making this right now. Mmmmm! It smells so good!

Don't forget to pair it with some homemade organic bread. With winter looming, I am sooo glad to have my breadmaker around. Soup needs warm bread to be complete--good comfort food. Enjoy!


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