COLUMN: Show your leftovers who’s boss

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By Shannon Brock

This Thanksgiving, after the bellies are full and the relatives are headed back home after a day of fellowship, minds will undoubtedly turn to two things: shopping and leftovers.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday should cure the shopping ailments, but what to do with all that turkey?
Many insist that the sandwiches made from leftover turkey are better than the original meal itself. Whether you prefer something simple or a sandwich with a little more oomph, here are a couple of options to try:
My husband’s favorite is simply a slice of bread, turkey and a little mayonnaise topped with another slice of bread.
Anderson Countian Janet Robinson suggests snazzing it up a little by exchanging the mayo for cranberry sauce, which is spread on the sandwich like jam.
And of course, you can always rely on television for a good idea. Ross Gellar, from the TV show “Friends,” is particularly fond of the “moist maker.” This requires three pieces of bread and leftover turkey and gravy. Soak one piece of bread in the gravy, then layer as follows: dry bread, turkey, gravy-soaked bread, turkey and the other slice of dry bread.
However, sometimes turkey isn’t the problem.
While Shirley Moffett, of the Fox Creek Homemakers, says she isn’t fond of very many leftovers, she has found a use for leftover mashed potatoes — potato cakes.
Moffett says to put a little oil in a skillet, shape the potatoes into cakes with your hands and put a little flour on each side, then fry in the skillet until the cake is brown on both sides.
Perhaps you’re looking for something a little heartier.
The Anderson News’ own Janie Bowen suggests trying your hand at turkey hash.
Ingredients are:

Turkey — 2 cups (cut up in chunks)
Onion — 1 medium to large (diced)
Potatoes — 3 or 4 medium sized (diced)

Bowen says, “Sautee onion in about a tablespoon of oil in a saucepan for two or three minutes or so. Add turkey and potatoes with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil and cook potatoes until tender. Add salt and pepper to taste.
“Make a thickening agent of about 1/4 cup of flour and warm water (not hot) thin enough to pour a little at a time while stirring hash mixture to keep from lumping.
“Thicken to desired thickness. Add a little Kitchen Bouquet if you like it to be a darker color. Then, pour over biscuits and enjoy.”
Robinson, who is Bowen’s cousin by marriage, says she adds about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of a frozen pea and carrot mixture to make it more like a pot pie.
However, if you’d rather have a tried and true turkey pot pie, Robinson offers the following recipe.
Preheat oven to 425 F.
To make a large 11x13 dish of pot pie, take two large cans of cream of chicken soup and mix with turkey cut up into chunks and a medium to large onion, diced. Add frozen peas and carrots, (however many you like) and mix all of this together.
Spray your baking dish with non-stick spray and pour the mixture into a dish. Take two Pillsbury pie crusts and put on top. Bake 45 to 50 minutes. If the crust gets too brown, turn down to 400 F.
You can also make a smaller version of this pie using one pie crust and cutting the cream of chicken soup either into one large can or even a smaller with a small can of soup, Robinson said.
While you’re waiting on the pot pie to come out of the oven, enjoy these interesting Thanksgiving facts from History.com:
- AAA estimates that 38.4 million Americans traveled 50 miles or more from home over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend last year.
- The National Turkey Federation estimates one-fifth of the yearly total of turkeys consumed are eaten on Thanksgiving.
- Snoopy has appeared as a balloon in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade more times than any other character in history. His sixth and most recent appearance was in 2006.
- The first time the Detroit Lions played football on Thanksgiving Day was in 1934, when they hosted the Chicago Bears at the University of Detroit stadium. The NBC radio network broadcast the game on 94 stations across the country. This was the first national Thanksgiving football broadcast. Since that time, the Lions have played a game every Thanksgiving (except between 1939 and 1944). In 1956, fans watched the game on television for the first time.

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