Thanksgiving leftovers reinvented, is a way to use up all those wonderful bits and pieces of the feast, and releasing your creative spirit to put together this lovely dish!
Song of the day: “Thank you” by Alanis Morissette.
Thanksgiving Leftovers Reinvented, is a compilation of the turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, and to spark some color, a cranberry chutney. This is harvest comfort food with a touch of elegance and a whole lot of delicious flavors!
Thanksgiving is always a time of reflection and summary for me. I look at the year and ask myself, have I been gracious enough? Do I show my gratitude? And also, am I grateful to myself for things that I have done or chose not to do? These are all important questions to me. I remember in my early thirties allowing myself time to find who Loreto is. It was a time of discovery, mourning, a time where I met some very influential people that shaped me into the man I am today and taught me to be grateful every day not only in the festive moments but in every moment. That is why when you read my responses to comments I always say thank you because I am so appreciative that someone took the time to experience our creativity and thoughts. For me, Thanksgiving is not only about the dinner, the food. It is about people getting together and share in the experience of gratitude, remind ourselves what is important, and let go of grievances so that our passion to give comes to the forefront, and for a brief moment the world can experience the butterfly effect of that love, even though it was only Thanksgiving in Canada. Okay, enough sentimentalism, let’s get to this lovely Thanksgiving Leftovers Reinvented!
One thing we know for sure or maybe 99.9 percent sure is there are always leftovers after the festive Thanksgiving meal. For a week after we are given beautiful creative ways to enjoy the different dishes in new delicious ways. This year I wanted to share a vision I had days before we even had the meal. I kept seeing this elegant plate presented in such a wonderful manner utilizing what was left over after the feast, and I don’t know about you but in our family it is truly a feast with 10 or so dishes. I imagine it is the same everywhere as people are so giving to want everyone to enjoy so many things in so many ways. A true experience of abundance. So with that being said, I created the vision that came to me and here it is Thanksgiving Leftovers Reinvented.
Go get all those wonderful feast items and create Thanksgiving Leftovers Reinvented with me!
This dish is really easy, get some of the leftover potatoes, stuffing, turkey, gravy, and for color the cranberry sauce or as I have done a cranberry chutney, oh and don’t forget the fresh sage leaves and parsley for garnishing. We want those Fall colors to shine through in this creation. I kept seeing the mashed potatoes in a nice patty form. To do that I used a cookie cutter about 2 1/2 inches in diameter. I stuffed the mashed potatoes in there then place it in a saute pan. Just when I saw the bottom start to crisp up, I released it from the cutter. Then flipped it over. It looked so beautiful all crisp and golden. A perfect foundation for the elevation of the ingredients to come. The stuffing I warmed up in a saute pan also to get it nice and warm and with the pan still hot tossed in some turkey that I diced. I used both white and dark meat as I love both. You can use whatever one you want. As you can see, I wanted to build a somewhat tower of flavor and not cover up any ingredient. To the top a nice spoonful of rich gravy watching it as it cascades to wherever it finds a path. The finishing touch, some fresh chopped parsley. I wanted to have just a pop of color so I made up a cranberry chutney. Simple, just saute some cipolline, throw in golden raisins, and nice vibrant cranberries and cook it down. I didn’t cook it down too much as I wanted to have a textural element leaving some cranberries and raisins whole! What is Thanksgiving without a bit of sage so off to the herb garden to pick some fresh leaves and place it on the dish. It finishes this recipe with an elegance that truly makes me feel happy.
I think this looks beautiful, but I may be biased. They say beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. That vibrant crimson color of the cranberry chutney. It adds just that pop of color needed to enhance the dish. That potato patty and its crispy bits is so enticing and that rich gravy caressing the turkey and stuffing has my fork in motion and the first bite begins.
The dichotomy of texture is wonderful. Both the stuffing and potatoes have that wonderful crispy edge that gives us beautiful caramelized flavors and the subtleness of the spices of sage, rosemary, and thyme. The turkey bathed in that rich gravy and a touch of the cranberry chutney has my taste buds dancing in delight. All round delicious flavors and surprising texture leave you feeling comforted and spoiled, which is not a bad thing sometimes.
If you are feeling creative and adventurous, get that turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, and cranberries and create Thanksgiving Leftovers Reinvented! The great thing is that everyone’s dish will have a personalized flavor representing their special recipes for this festive time.
Song of the day: “Thank you” Alanis Morissette.
- 1 cup mashed potatoes
- 1 cup stuffing
- 1 cup diced turkey (white and dark meat)
- 1/2 cup turkey gravy
- 2 Tbsp evo oil
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 1 small cipolline (onion) chopped fine
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1 Tbsp grapeseed oil
- 1 Tsp sesame oil
- Salt and pepper
- dash of cinamon
- 1 Tbsp brown sugar
- 1/8 cup maple syrup
- splash of white wine
- In a small sauce pan drizzle in grapeseed oil and sesame oil.
- Toss in cipolline and saute on medium heat till softened, about 2 minutes.
- Season with a bit of salt and pepper and a sprinkling of sugar.
- Pour in a splash of white wine.
- Add in cranberries, lemon juice, and raisins.
- Turn heat to low and let mixture simmer for about 15 minutes or untill it begins to break apart, but leaving some of the cranberries still intact.
- Add in a few more raisins.
- Stir and take off heat, set aside.
- Take a 2 1/2 inch by 1 inch in depth cookie cutter.
- Fill with mashed potatoes.
- Press firmly.
- In a saute pan on medium to high heat drizzle olive oil.
- Slide a spatula under cookie cutter with mashed potatoes and place cutter and potato into hot pan.
- Saute for about 2 minutes or until you see bottom edge start to crisp.
- Release potato patty from cutter and then with a spatula flip patty over.
- Cook for another 2 minutes or untill golden brown then with a spatula again take patty out of pan and place on serving dish.
- In another saute pan warm up turkey and stuffing while potato patty is cooking.
- Also in a small sauce pan warm up gravy.
- Place stuffing partially around potato patty forming a border.
- Take some of the diced turkey and place on top of potato patty.
- Top with a spoonful of the gravy.
- Take some of the cranberry chutney and place next to the potato patty and around a portion of the plate as seen in the picture.
- Repeat for the follwing dishes.
- Sprinkle some fresh chopped parsley on top.
- Place a couple of sage leaves off to the sside.
- Ready to serve.
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