This is where turkey leftovers and a plan come in handy. You can only left overs so many times before you start contemplating throwing it out. Instead prep a few great meals while packing up your Thanksgiving leftovers.
Grab 4 slices of rye bread and speed them with Dijon mustard. Spread an additional four pieces with russian dressing. Add eight slices turkey to the bread with russian dressing. On the remaining bread add swiss and sauerkraut. Bake in 350° oven for 5 minutes flipping halfway through. Then pan fry in butter to give the bread a golden crisp.
Cut refrigerated pie crust sheets into 8 large triangles. Mix 1 cup of shredded roasted turkey with a ¼ cup of cranberry sauce. To the mixture with stuffing and/or mashed potatoes. Brush the edges with a water and pinch together. Brush the top with an egg wash and bake for 25 to 25 minutes at 375°. Serve with a side of gravy for dipping.
Turkey Quesadilla Pie
Butter the edges of a 10” pie dish. Place one tortilla in pie dish. Sprinkle shredded cheese over the tortilla. Now for the fun part grab filling ingredients of your choice (cilantro, salsa, green onions, corn, red pepper. black beans, turkey, tomatoes, jalapeños), and layering the tortillas. Just make sure each layer has a generous sprinkling of cheese, the cheese acts a the glue. Top off your layers with one last flour tortilla. Spread a little butter over the surface of this tortilla. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes in a 350°. Increase the temp to 400°, top the pie with cheese and cook for an additional 15 minutes or until cheese is bubbly. Let your pie stand for about 10 minutes and then serve with a side of guacamole and sour cream.
Thanksgiving is only 10 days away. Let me say that again Thanksgiving is only 10 days away. If you are hosting Thanksgiving you have a lot of work ahead of you. Below is a breakdown of what you need to do, for Thanksgiving Day survival.
Recipe Box Figure out which recipes you want to make. Look for recipes with similar cook temperatures and times. It will make the oven shuffle that much easier.
Test Bake If it’s something you’ve never tried before and you are worried about how it will turn out, do a test bake. If you don’t have the time to do a test bake, make sure you have a backup plan ready. Example: If you are trying to make rolls for the first time, have a store bought option in the freezer just in case things don’t go as planned.
Read Over: Even if it something you’ve made a thousand times before, stop and read the recipe again. See if there is anything you can do in advance and add all items needed to the grocery list.
Talk Turkey If you are hosting Thanksgiving Dinner it’s time to talk turkey. Spend the next few days getting your head count for dinner locked down. Once you have a good idea of who is coming do a little Turkey Math and place your order. Hint: 1.5 pounds of uncooked turkey for each person coming to dinner. Don’t worry you will have plenty of leftovers.
Order Your Turkey Ordering a turkey from the grocery store is great, because those are often not frozen. It will save you space since you won’t be slowly defrosting a turkey for days on end in your refrigerator. Hint: If you are buying a large bird, make sure it fits in your stove and fridge. If not opt for two smaller birds.
Take an inventory Make sure you have enough dishes, silverware, bake ware, and serving items for the big day. If you don’t see if you can borrow from guests that are eating at your place. If you don’t have enough check out stores like Ikea. They often let you buy individual items instead of having to get a large set.
Make Multiple Shopping Lists Certain stores have certain things, which means you might need to hit up a few places to get everything you need for Thanksgiving. So, start with one long list, and break it into sections based on store. This way you don’t have to spend one day running around the city, you can do the shopping in stages.
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Now that you have your to do list print a out copy of the Thanksgiving Survival Cheat Sheet get to work. If you’re looking for our original Holiday Prep Worksheet print out your copy here. For those of you who want to add a little fun to Thanksgiving Dinner check out Home For The Holiday Days Thanksgiving Edition of Survivor.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Havertys. The opinions and text are all mine.