Monday, December 1, 2008
This year marked the first time that Lawman and I hosted Thanksgiving. We had a small crowd of family and friends. Everything came off rather well. The bird was moist; the stuffing, delicious; the cranberry sauce, puckery good; and the pie...oh, the pie. Thanksgiving is probably one of my favorite meals of the year, not just for the meal itself, but also for the leftovers and the opportunity to get creative in the kitchen...
One of my favorite dishes this Thanksgiving was the stuffing. This year we opted to try something old, but new to us. Oyster Stuffing. Lawman followed this Gourmet Magazine recipe by way of Epicurious. How could bacon, garlic, oysters and cubed bread not be delicious?! Buying pre-shucked oysters made this recipe much less intimidating. Do we really have to wait until next Thanksgiving to make this again?
The stuffing was perhaps even more delicious the next day with fried eggs and gravy on top. Pair that with left over sweet potato biscuits topped with Cranberry Sauce and you have the perfect post-Thanksgiving brunch.
There have been plenty of turkey sandwiches throughout the weekend and Saturday night I decided to go another round with the leftovers. This time making a Turkey Leek Shepherd's Pie with a Gruyere Crust.
I rolled out the pie crust scraps leftover from my Pear Gruyère Pie for the bottom crust and made a simple roux with the leftover turkey stock. Then I chopped and sauteed one leek, one carrot and one stock of celery in some hard cider while I heated up about 1/3 cup of frozen peas and shredded 1 1/2 cups of left over dark meat. I mixed the filling together and added it to my pie plate topping it off with leftover mashed potatoes and baked it at 350 for about 30 minutes. Huge hit. There's wasn't so much as a sliver left. The Gruyère crust is really versatile. I can't wait to try it with other fillings. I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship...
Yesterday Lawman made a turkey noodle soup out of most of the rest of the bird. He did all of the prepping and chopping and de-boning. So romantic. And delicious. I had 2 1/2 bowls and I'm considering going back for my other 1/2 serving for breakfast.
After a weekend of turkey, I'm surprisingly not bored. I've actually contemplated buying and cooking another so I'll have leftovers during the busy workweek. Are you all turkeyed out? What did you do with your leftovers?