No Turkey left behind

Romance on the menu spring 2015

Thanksgiving is now behind us with Christmas or whichever holiday in December you celebrate looming in front of us. If  like most of us you had a little too much food left over.  I had very little ham since the next day all the kids wanted ham sandwiches for lunch.  I use everything even the ham bone so I tossed that in a pot of beans. The ham salad i wanted did not come to pass…maybe after Christmas.

I did have a lot of turkey and stuffing left and some mashed potatoes.  Mom always made us croquettes with the leftovers and since i was doing traditional this year I thought  I would too. None of my grandkids had ever heard of it. I served that with my beans and leftover cranberry relish.

here is my recipe

2 cups dressing (or stuffing)

2 cups of mashed potatoes

3 cups of chopped leftover turkey(I used up my dark meat for this)

2 eggs

I cup of panko or regular bread crumbs( I like the panko for the extra crunch)

oil for frying ( I used my deep fryer)

Mix first 3 ingredients into a dough roll into 24 ( or more balls or oblongs)

roll in egg then breadcrumbs drop into fryer. do not overcrowd drain on paper towels.  I took my jellied cranberry sauce melted it in the microwave for a sauce you can serve with leftover gravy as well. The grandkids loved them and the few leftover( that was supposed to be my lunch the next day the oldest and her friends devoured for breakfast .

For the breast, I was planning a shepherd’s pie or  tetrazzini  but I didn’t have much left so I ground  it added  a boiled egg, some onion, celery and had a small bowl of turkey salad. Not as good as the  ham salad I wanted but  good none the less. I wiped my fridge in one day of the leftovers.

Did you have a lot of leftovers?  Do you have any recipes you make with them?

 

 

 

 

A drunk chicken and tired me

Earlier in the week dad was telling me about a dish he remembered growing up that his friends dad made a lot.

All he could remember was it was while and good.

We got a whe chicken the other day. I have around 5 dollars or so for it at Aldis. We got a bottle of white wine at County Market . I got Berringers  Chenin Blanc. I gave around 6dollars for that.

Here is how I made mine.

I preheated the oven to 400 degrees

wash your chicken and pull the skin back leaving it in tack rub meat liberally with your choice of seasonings I used a little salt an Italian blend, sage and garlic. Then pull skin back down and rub with same seasoning.  I then brushed with melted butter and roasted 1 hour breast side down.

meanwhile, peel and quarter 1 medium potatoe per person into a bowl. Cover with water and salt liberally. Get a crusty loaf of French or garlic bread ready to bake.

After Chicken has baked an hour , drain potatoes, push chicken to end of pan add potatoes cook about 30 minutes until potatoes are almost tender now turn chicken breast side up add wine and cook about 30 minutes more take out to set while bread cooks.

I served the au jus in a dish.

Dad was very pleased  at the outcome

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carve at table for dramatic effect or cut up in the kitchen whichever you prefer. Since it was just dad and I I cut us each a leg and thigh and wrapped the rest . I will either make chicken salad or chicken enchiladas

Be sure you have a cork screw! Dad didn’t and I had to walk downtown in search of one. Luckily the Mainstreet Marketplace had some gadgets and it was reasonably priced. It was a hot walk and by he time dinner was over and dishwasher loaded I was beat!😺

This is an easy meal for a Sunday dinner for 4 or a romantic dinner for two.

You could easily make this for date night straighten your house and get dressed after work while it cooks . Add candlelight and a rose to the table serve the rest of the wine to drink!💋

Do you have a dish that sounds fancy but practically cooks itself?

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