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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

A Thanksgiving Leftover Experiment - Success!!!

This is the final post of 3 related to Thanksgiving. We had a feast on Sunday...which is why I didn't post then. I was not able to get off my couch to do something with the leftovers until yesterday afternoon.
This is seriously too much food for 8 people!!
My Thanksgiving Menu consisted of the following:

Brined Turkey Wrapped In Bacon - Recipes HERE and HERE

All Stuffed and slathered in butter and fresh herbs. Bacon came into the picture after 1.5 hours of roasting

Thanksgiving Stuffing - Used THIS recipe, except used Walnuts instead of Pecans and omitted the Mushrooms.
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potato's - Just 2 Heads Roasted Garlic added to Mashed Boiled potato's and Milk, Butter, Sour Cream and Cream cheese. Reheated in the oven with a generous dollop of Butter

These Cheesy Buns - I used THIS recipe and just omitted the Tomato and Basil to make them plain cheese buns.

Bacon & Shallot Green Beans - Seriously easy, just cook your bacon, set it aside and cook the shallots in the same pan in the bacon grease. Add your blanched green beans and bacon, toss and serve!

Of course I also made my own Cranberry sauce! - Cranberries, Brown Sugar and OJ!

My mother in law and my mother both made contributions as well. Mother in law brought a delicious Broccoli Casserole and my mother brought a different version of Stuffing (wet, cooked outside the bird..a family tradition!) My husband cooked a Maple and Mustard Glazed Ham on the BBQ as well.

So obviously..with all that food I am stuck with a massive amount of leftovers. And with those leftovers I made a sort of Thanksgiving Baked Ball and it was awesome! All the flavours of thanksgiving in 1 Bite! There was some experimenting involved where I tried deep frying them but they fell apart. Baking them make them crispy on the outside and probably a tad more healthy then using the fryer!!



Thanksgiving Leftovers: Turkey, Ham, Stuffing, Mashed Potato's, Gravy

Cranberry Sauce for Dipping
1 Cup Bread Crumbs

Chop your turkey and ham into small pieces and combine with the stuffing, mashed potato's and gravy (use your judgement and use amounts based on how dense you want the balls)

Use your mixer to combine all the ingredients. Add more gravy if mixture seems too dry and is not sticking well together.

The mixture should resemble the texture of meatballs and should form balls easily.

Form balls from the mixture

Roll the balls in seasoned bread crumbs.

Bake in a 350F oven for about 30 Minutes or until crispy on the outside and soft in the middle.

Serve with leftover cranberry sauce!


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