Thanksgiving Leftovers

Now that Thanksgiving is over, what do we do with all the leftovers?  Food network offers quite a few good ideas at the food network website.  I think I am going to make turkey and dumplings in the crockpot.  I am not going to follow any recipe but just throw in what I have.  I did save the broth at the bottom of the pan and that will add lots of flavor to the soup.

I am going to briefly write down what I have thrown in the soup pot, so far.  Of course I put all the turkey broth in the crockpot.  I skimmed the fat off the top.  After leaving it in the refrigerator all night, this made it really easy to do.  Then I added 6 cups of water.  I found some carrots, fresh thyme and fresh rosemary from the braised short ribs from last week so I put that in the pot.  I also found a bag of fresh green beans leftover from a dish hubby made for their Thanksgiving feast at his work.  I put that in the pot too.  As I was slicing up the carrots I spied a package of turkey gravy sitting on the counter and decided to add that to the pot.  Cut up one potato and added that too.  Since I have a lot of dressing leftover I think I will make  stuffing dumpling out of it by adding a couple of eggs, a few tablespoons of flour, and some salt and pepper to it.  Then I will shape them into little balls and drop them into the soup the last 20 minutes of cooking.  I almost forgot to add the turkey!  Oh my, that wouldn’t be good.  I put about 2 cups of cut up turkey in the soup too.   I set the crockpot on low for 8 hours.

I am also going to make a turkey pot pie this year.  This is the first time I have done this.  We will see how it turns out.

I can’t leave out all those wonderful turkey sandwiches either.  Thanksgiving isn’t Thanksgiving without the sandwiches.  Sometimes I will add some dressing and cranberry sauce in the sandwich too.  It’s like Thanksgiving in a sandwich.

What are your favorite leftovers?

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