Friday, November 8, 2013

What to Do With All of That Turkey

In a few weeks and change you're most likely going to be faced with a wall of Thanksgiving leftover-filled tupperware containers when you open your fridge.  A blessing and a curse, right?  I mean...how much turkey and stuffing can one person really eat?  We've already addressed one delicious means of getting rid of some of it with Kraft's Thanksgiving Leftovers Casserole that I wrote about.

But what else?  What can we do with the rest of it?

I'm here to save the day with a couple more recipes.  lol if three recipes isn't enough to dispose of your leftovers, you're on your own.

That, and you cooked way too much.

Click on the picture to find the recipe on Allrecipes.com
The first recipe I came up with was a savory monkey bread.  Or bubble loaf.  Or whatever you want to call it.  I'll go with monkey bread because it sounds more fun :-)

I got lazy.  I never thought I'd see the day when I bought pre-made bread dough, but that day came.
My son was fighting a nap, I was sleepy, and I had no desire to do much actual cooking.
I went up and down the freezer aisles, knowing that frozen bread dough exists, but not having the slightest clue where it might be located!

I finally found it, sandwiched between the pre-made breakfast items and the frozen pies.
Personally, I would have displayed it next to the puff pastry and pie crusts, but hey, I don't work at the grocery store :-)

I digress...

Anyway, after allowing the dough to defrost I broke off balls of dough and flattened them until they were as thin as they could get without breaking.

Then I stuffed them full of goodness.  Stuffing, mashed potatoes, veggies, chicken (lets pretend it was turkey for the sake of this recipe!).

I used a spring form pan, but you could just as easily use a bundt.  I prepped it by spraying with cooking spray and then I just placed the stuffed dough balls in the pan with a sprinkling of cheddar cheese.  I baked at 350 for half an hour or so until the dough was cooked through.

I'm all for fun food, and I liked that they were fun to pull apart.

I served them with homemade cranberry sauce (half a bag of fresh cranberries, 1/4 C OJ, 1/4 C water, 3 Tbsp brown sugar, 3 Tbsp white sugar, 1/2 tsp cinnamon in a saucepan...cook, mash up the cranberries a little, simmer till it starts to thicken.  Let it sit in the fridge for a few hours and voila!  Amazing cranberry sauce.  I should really write that up as a recipe!) and they were a big hit, especially with my husband!
I have to thank him, too- I made a stupid mistake and injured my hand and my husband had to finish assembling these...my hand totally gave out on me :-(

Alls well that ends well, though, because these turned out fantastic and I got a little extra time with my husband in the kitchen :-)

Stay tuned for my third (and final!) recipe for Thanksgiving leftovers, coming soon!  :-) One can only handle so much turkey at a time...

Thanksgiving Leftovers Monkey Bread

2 lb package frozen bread dough, defrosted
1 C cooked, chopped turkey
1 C prepared stuffing
1 C prepared mashed potatoes
1/2 C mixed vegetables
1/2 C cheddar cheese shredded

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Break off 2" pieces of dough.  Flatten each piece of dough as thin as possible without breaking.  Place approximately 1 tsp each of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and vegetables on dough.  Close dough around filling, sealing to form a ball.  Repeat with remainder of ingredients, placing each dough ball in baking dish.

3.  Sprinkle dough with cheddar cheese.  Bake for 30-40 minutes or until dough is cooked through.  Invert onto serving dish.

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