Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey and Dressing Ideas

Part of the greatness of a homemade Thanksgiving dinner is the leftovers if you ask me!  I love turkey sandwiches the next day and I could eat dressing all of the time.  Here are a couple of different things I did with our leftover turkey and sides last week.

Turkey with mushrooms and greens

  • 8 o.z. fresh mushrooms
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 cup leftover collard greens
  • 1 cup left over turkey gravy – more or less to your liking
  • 1 -1/2 cups left over turkey
  • salt and pepper if desired

Sauté mushrooms in olive oil until desired tenderness.  Stir in remaining ingredients and heat through.  Check for flavor; season as needed ~ assuming your gravy and such was flavored well to begin with you likely won’t need anything else at all! This would be great over rice but I decided to fry up some dressing patties to go along with instead.

I simply took some of the left over dressing and pressed it into patties; this probably wouldn’t work with a dry stuffing but a sticky moist dressing is perfect.  Fry for 3 – 4 minutes each side in some olive oil until browned and heated through.

My other favorite of the week was of course a turkey sandwich.  This year I added some cranberry sauce and a little dressing to the usual bread, mayo, and turkey…. yummy!

Enjoy ~ Kimberly

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

I always thought cranberries must be terrible …. that was until I had something other that the gelatinous stuff that comes in a can.  You know, the stuff that gets sliced on the lines left by the can indentations and served with a fork.   Now I love cranberries. Homemade cranberries are so easy to do.  It takes about 10 minutes of cooking time and can be made with any of your favorite fruits to compliment its flavor.

  • 1 bag fresh cranberries
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 – 2 Tbs fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • zest of one lemon and one orange
  • 1/2 cup diced apple
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate

Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes. Cranberries will pop and everything will begin to meld together.  Chill until ready to serve.

Enjoy ~ Kimberly

Chocolate Cranberry Chunky Bar Cookies

Not your typical bar cookie. I took a twist on a chocolate cookie recipe and created this tasty bar cookie.  As I’ve mentioned in the past I try to scale down my desserts to make smaller batches so I used a pie pan for my recipe today.  Cranberries, macadamia nuts and white chips really complimented the chocolate nicely.

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 Tbs cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup macadamia nuts
  • 2 Tbs dried cranberries (I used craisins)
  • 1/4 cup white chips

Cream together sugars and butter; mix in egg and vanilla.  In separate bowl mix flour, cocoa, and baking soda.  Slowly add to creamed mixture.  Stir in nuts, cranberries, and chips.  Press into greased pie pan or baking dish.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15 – 18 minutes or until chips have started to brown and edges start to crack slightly (like a cookie!)

Enjoy ~ Kimberly