Friday, November 18, 2011

Thanksgiving Leftovers!

Missy, here. I wanted to tell you about a wonderful way to use up your Thanksgiving leftovers. I thought I'd share it today so you'd have time to add extra ingredients to your shopping list for next week. (Is it really approaching that quickly??!!)

Last year, I chaperoned a trip with my son's AP U.S. History class. We visited Boston and surrounding areas. At one stop in Concord, we let the kids go do lunch on their own. Several of the teachers and I hit a fantastic restaurant called Main Streets Market and Cafe. I had what I think may have been the best sandwich of my life. The Turkey Cranberry Wrap. I was in heaven. Recently, I decided to recreate this sandwich on my own. (I can't believe I didn't think to do it sooner.)

So, here we go! Pull out those leftovers and get to wrapping!

Get some of those low carb wraps I mentioned a few weeks ago. Spread on cranberry sauce. Your choice of type. My daughter chose jellied, "the kind that's shaped like a can."  :) Layer with baby spinach.

Add dressing. I heated mine.

Then layer on the turkey. Again, I heated mine.

Wrap up and serve with a side of sweet potato fries just for fun. :)

How easy is that?! And it's an amazing sandwich. I ate it leftover on three days last week! And didn't even get sick of it.

What's your favorite thing to make with Thanksgiving leftovers?


  1. That wrap sounds delicious - I'll have to try it if I can reserve some leftover turkey for myself.

    Because leftover turkey is a rare commodity around our house...I think we had some once about ten years ago...

    My problem is that my family LOVES turkey, so no matter how big the bird is, it's usually stripped clean within three days. Cold turkey, warmed up turkey, turkey sandwiches, midnight snacks...

    (my particular weakness is cold turkey with a bit of salt sprinkled on...I'd almost rather eat it that way than with a big turkey dinner!)

    But then I clean off the leftover bits to save for casseroles and make turkey stock with the carcass. I simmer that puppy (not a real puppy, Ruthy - it's just an expression!) in my big stock pot with onions, celery and thyme, and a bit of vinegar to help pull the calcium and minerals from the bones, and set it on the back of the stove for about 24 hours.

    Then I can the stock, and we have quarts of this delicious, rich, nutritious stock that I use in all sorts of recipes.

    So you know what I'm doing the week after Thanksgiving!

  2. Jan, that's a great idea about making stock! I've never thought to do that. We always have leftover turkey, so I'm usually so sick of it I can't wait to pitch it out! :)

    Will y'all think less of me if I admit I've never canned anything (I don't think I can count freezer jam!)??


  3. I could never think any less of you, Missy!

    oh...wait...that didn't come out right...

    (You know what I mean, don't you?)

    I just spent my writing time helping the freshman in college organize his classes for the spring. So, how much does an academic advisor get paid? I think I have a new career :)

  4. LOL, Jan!! I know what you mean. I guess.


    You'll be having a short-lived career as that counselor. I think I was allowed to help twice (both freshman year). Now I just wait for Facebook updates to see the schedule. Or else I log into his campus account to check! :)

  5. LOL Missy, you're right. I have to wait until my daughter starts complaining about her classes before I know what she's taking.

    But I always know orchestra and bass lessons are on the list :)

    My oldest son - not in school - only calls when he needs help with a recipe.

    Now my youngest son - the senior in high school - is the type who will never ask for my help with his college classes. He'll go straight to the head of his department and get the low-down...and the department head will connect him with all sorts of opportunities and connections. That boy will be working in an internship somewhere exotic by his sophomore year. That's just the kind of kid he is. Sheesh.

    But when he's off in his exotic locale, we might have some leftover turkey....

  6. work decided to save $ and close the Thanksgiving holiday so I'm going to go up to my dad's and we'll probably go to my aunt's - I've never been a fan of anything but the dessert table(and I need to stay away from that!).thought I was gonna luck out and get Whataburger again but if I have the chance to be with family I'll take it. My sister in law is working so they're staying at their place and eating late unless he takes it to her job to eat with her during lunch. I never fight for leftovers and Christmas and just about any other holiday meal they celebrate has the same lineup. so no wraps for me unless they have something other than turkey dressing cranberry stuff in them!

  7. Jan, you've gotta love those self-starters!

    Susanna, I always start craving McDonald's the day or so after Thanksgiving. I get so sick of turkey!

  8. Missy I think it's too bad the pilgrims didn't settle in Texas - we'd be having BEEF for Thanksgiving!


  9. LOL, Susanna!

    You know, my family was always so sick of turkey that we usually had a beef roast at Christmas. :) I continued the tradition with my own family after I married with a standing rib roast. Of course, beef got so expensive (that rib roast got up over $30!) that I now do a nice pot roast. :)

  10. I just made for supper "hot bbq turkey sandwiches on toasted bun with my left over dark turkey meat! It was as good or better as pork or beef!!!,
    Just chopped up in smaller pieces , dredged with "hot bbq sauce" and hit reheat button on microwave, toasted my hamburger buns and added warm turkey!

  11. That sounds great! I'll have to try that.