Sunday, November 29, 2009

Leftover Maven: Thanksgiving Leftover Makeovers

Post-thanksgiving is always fun for me. I always like to take leftovers and make them into something new.

Here are some of the things we made from the leftovers of our Thanksgiving menu, in case you're looking for ideas.

Sotanghon (Mung Bean Thread Noodles) with Turkey Gravy, Turkey and Haricots Verts (and, oh yes, Calamansi)

Mung bean thread noodles are a favorite of mine. With them, you can prepare some of the fastest meals ever. You can also buy them in individual bundles, so you can make a little or a lot.

I always soak the noodles in hot water until they're al dente.

With this dish, I took some turkey gravy and thinned it out with a little water (you can also use turkey broth), added the noodles, scallions, leftover haricots verts, and soy sauce. My uncle brought me calamansi, Philippine lemon, from his garden, and it was such a treat to have that instead of lemon to squeeze over the sotanghon! Calamansi tastes like a lemon-orange to me. So delicious.

Curried Turkey Salad with Apples, Raisins, Candied Walnuts on Top of Arugula

My friend Ehryu posted on Facebook the following status: "just made turkey curry salad with celery, apples & raisins. This leftover is goooooood."

When I told her I'd like to put this on the blog, she wrote, "Throw diced turkey, apples, celery, raisins and some chopped scallions in the bowl, mix with some curry powder and mayo and voila! There you have it! Throw some chopped walnuts if you like extra crunch." So that's what I did. I put the turkey salad over some leftover arugula and used leftover candied walnuts.

Craisins would be lovely in this salad as well.

Tukey, Brie, and Cranberry Empanadas

I had brie leftover from my cheese platter, so I added it to the turkey and cranberry sauce to make empanadas from the leftover dough from Sergio's empanadas. These were nice, but the brie almost completely melted away, as it was triple creme brie (the good stuff).

If I were to do this again, I would probably make quesadillas, because they cook faster and the brie won't melt too much.

Serve with extra cranberry sauce to dip.


La Table De Nana said...

I wish I had a turkey:) I would make some of your suggestions:) I am so tempted by empanadas:) In this busy time..thank you for sharing so much.

Ju (The Little Teochew) said...

I like the mung bean dish! So delish! And you know, the first time I heard of calamansi was when I visited The Philippines when I was 7 years old. My parents ordered calamansi juice and/or mango juice at almost every meal. :) I still have very fond memories of that trip.

Jackie at said...

Oh great minds think alike. I made Tukey, Brie, and Cranberry Quesadillas with my Thanksgiving leftovers :P Will do this version next version. Somehow, I love the taste of Brie and cranberry together!

zurin said...

Oh YUM....that is a complete feast all over again! yes the mung bean dish is making me want it very badly.

Sippity Sup said...

I love mung beans too> I do a salad with unsprouted mung beans and sesame oil. Now I have an alt version. Yum! GREG