What can I do with all these leftovers? All of that prep for celebrating Thanksgiving, and now……all these leftovers! So this is what I do, in between shopping, and working, and cleaning, and my direct sales businesses and …….
Oh! So you’re like me and made way more food than what you needed! The turkey was HUGE! And with everything that everyone brought along, there was way more than one household needed!
Yep, that would be me!
So now that the first holiday is over, and more on the way, I need to get stuff organized!
Let’s talk Turkey!
So you went in the store, bought the biggest turkey you could find (because it was on sale….so why not get more bang for your buck! #amiright!) While I love leftovers from Thanksgiving, sometimes there is just too much of a good thing!
Of course, after shopping all day Black Friday, even if it was online, who has time or energy to cook? Or who even feels like it!
For a night or two, I’m okay with reheating those leftovers, and having a completed meal, ready in minutes! But enough is enough already! Besides turkey sandwiches, which are a great lunch for work or just because, I even get tired of them, too! So I make turkey salad with some of it! Yep, still turkey, but with the consistency of the meat changed, it just doesn’t SEEM like just plain turkey anymore. It doesn’t even need to be ground up, but I prefer mine that way!
I also take some of the turkey, along with some gravy, add some vegetables and a pie shell, and make a Turkey Vegetable Pie! And depending on how much I make (and how much I feel like getting rid of some of that turkey), I will make 2 of these and freeze one for a “ready made” meal for another night!
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Mashed potatoes! Just how many is enough or too much!?!?!? Unless you had an experience like I did, this may not even be a problem for you!
Let me tell you what happened!
The very first time I made a turkey dinner for my husband’s family, I was all proud of myself! I had to do it all, of course! Mashed potatoes are too hard to transport and keep warm, too! This was before I ever would have thought of keeping them warm in a Crockpot….and then I could have just had someone else bring them! So I diligently peeled potatoes…..and peeled some more! Filled the pan to all but overflowing! “That should be plenty, shouldn’t it?”, I asked. Well, of course neither one of us had any idea how many mashed potatoes one needs for 25 to 30 people! Five pounds should be more than enough, right?
Because of making sure everything was ready at the same time, and to be sure that everyone is fed, we usually wait until everyone else is served before we fill our plates. With such a large family, we just do a “casual buffet style, fill your own plate and go find a seat” type of meal!
Well, you know how most families, after a meal like that, don’t have room in their bellies for dessert? That didn’t happen that day! Nope! I’ve never seen anyone eat desserts like they did that day! Seriously!
Some where in the line, I started seeing plates with only a small….and I do mean SMALL amount of potatoes on their plates! My first thought was that no one like my food! THEN I found out that everyone was taking such small amounts of everything, to try to stretch them for the rest of us! Needless to say, that bowl was scraped clean by the time we got our food!
Thankfully, no one said anything, but I was so embarrassed! Here I was, all proud and everything, and we didn’t even have enough food to feed ourselves! And I swore that day that it wouldn’t happen again! Although I still never hear the end of that ONE TIME everyone went for dessert!
Now, when I make too many!
Yep, it hasn’t happened since that dreadful day! Now, it’s the opposite! What can I do with all of these potatoes!
Heated up, they taste about the same as the first time around, but they get a bit boring! So I make potato cakes out of them! Simple enough to do, and easy and quick, too! Just mix with an egg and some flour, maybe a little bit of onion, make them in to a patty. Fry on one side until lightly browned, then flip it and do the other side! Simple and easy, but tasty, too! What more could I ask for!
My BEST laid plan!
My best and favorite thing to do…..is make potato candy out of it! And before you turn your nose up at that suggestion, hear me out!
Take one to two cups of potatoes, mix it with one pound of confectioners sugar. This may take some adjustment on the potato amount. It should be dry enough that it can be rolled out, like pie dough! So just keep adding enough potatoes to it until that consistency is there. Sprinkle a sheet of parchment paper with a small amount of Confectioners sugar, then roll out the potato mixture until smooth. Spread the entire area with your favorite peanut butter (any nut butter will work, but peanut butter is what is usually used). Crunchy peanut butter would probably work, too, but I’ve never tried that! And I’m thinking of trying it with Nutella, or something like that!
Roll this in to a log shape. Slice in to thin slices! And enjoy!
Yes, ENJOY! If you’ve never tried this, you really should. No one would ever even think that potatoes are the “glue” that holds this together!
And why I like to do this so much, besides loving the taste of it, I can freeze it and have another ready made treat for the next month of events and parties! They are a perfect take along for a cookie exchange, or to put on a cookie plate to share with your guest and/or coworkers! Really! And then there’s one more thing scratched off your to-do list!
This does NOT have to be done on parchment paper either. It just makes it easy to roll it up, and less clean up, too!
Hopefully you like some of these ideas! Being in direct sales like I am, plus working outside the home and doing normal every day chores, and shopping…… Well, you get my point…..!
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