Three days ago, the Thanksgiving turkey was the star of the table!
But now, everybody’s avoiding it. It’s the big white elephant in the fridge. And unless you’re willing to just toss it all out, it’s time to up the leftover turkey ante a little bit. I want to hear LOTS of ideas from you readers – because I know you are all very clever and frugal and can find creative ways to hide leftovers from your family!
I’ll start us out with a little something my husband invented. And while it’s a far cry from its predecessor, the original Louisville, Ky “Hot Brown”, we lovingly refer to it as:
~~ “Thanksgiving on Toast” ~~
Here’s what you need:
- Leftover Turkey
- Leftover Stuffing/Dressing
- Leftover Mashed Potatoes
- Leftover Gravy
Get out all your leftovers and a big skillet (one that can fit them all comfortably). Turn it to medium heat. Chop up enough turkey to cover a piece of toast and put it in the skillet. Cover it with a goodly helping of cold, congealed gravy. (Don’t worry, it will get all loose and bubbly soon)
Scoop out a dollop of dressing/stuffing and a dollop of potatoes and drop them in their own little corner of the skillet. You’ll need to add a bit of milk or water to help them heat up more easily. It takes about 10 minutes to get it all heated up, which is plenty of time to make your toast and have a little pep talk with yourself. (You can do it! You can do it!)
Once everything is heated through (I stick my finger in it to test, and I’d just like to see someone complain about it – put your toast on your plate and begin layering.
- First you’ll need a good foundation of mashed potatoes to ensure the stability of the whole structure.
- Next, pat down a layer of dressing/stuffing (Can we just call it Druffing from here on out and have done with it?)
- Lastly – pour your turkey/gravy slop over the top – feel free to make a decorative moat with any extra.
Now spill the beans – what is YOUR favorite way to use up leftover turkey – and/or all the trimmings? Share them in the comments!! Also – do you freeze any of the leftover turkey? If so, what’s the best way to do so?