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Four recipes put those Thanksgiving leftovers to good use

  • Turkey soup with stuffing dumplings Jessica J. Trevino

  • Turkey soup with stuffing dumplings Jessica J. Trevino



Detroit Free Press
Monday, November 27, 2017

Still puzzling over what to do with your holiday leftovers? Here are some ideas.

TURKEY POT PIE WITH PUFF PASTRY CRUST

Serves 8

This recipe is not only tasty but impressive with its puff pastry lattice crust.

Thanksgiving leftovers recipes:

1 package (17.3 ounces) frozen puff pastry, thawed

2½ to 3 cups leftover cooked turkey, cubed or shredded

1 teaspoon salt, divided

1 teaspoon pepper, divided

4 tablespoons butter, divided

1 large onion, peeled, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon dried thyme or 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, minced

1 teaspoon fresh sage or 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage

½ cup all-purpose flour

2 cups turkey broth or reduced-sodium chicken broth

1 cup plus 1 tablespoon half-and-half cream, divided

1 tablespoon Dijon

2 cups frozen mixed vegetables (about 10 to 12 ounces)

1 large egg yolk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, roll each pastry sheet into a 12-by-10-inch rectangle. Cut one sheet crosswise into six 2-inch strips; cut remaining sheet lengthwise into five 2-inch strips. On a baking sheet, closely weave strips to make a 12-by-10-inch lattice. Freeze while making filling.

In a large bowl, toss the cooked turkey with 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper.

In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon butter over medium-high heat; saute turkey until browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from pan.

In same skillet, heat remaining butter over medium-high heat; saute onion until tender, 5-7 minutes. Stir in garlic and herbs; cook 1 minute. Stir in flour until blended; cook and stir 1 minute. Gradually stir in broth, 1 cup cream and Dijon. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly until thickened, about 2 minutes.

Stir in vegetables, turkey and the remaining salt and pepper; return to a boil. Transfer to a greased 2-quart oblong baking dish. Top with lattice, trimming to fit.

Whisk together egg yolk and remaining cream; brush over pastry. Bake, uncovered, until bubbly and golden brown, 45-55 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.

Adapted from Tasteofhome.com.

PUMPKIN CURRY SOUP

Serves 6

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

2 teaspoons fresh garlic, minced

1 cup chopped onion

1½ teaspoons curry powder

¼ teaspoon black pepper

4 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth

1 can (15 ounces) pure pumpkin puree

1 can (15 ounces) no salt added white kidney beans, drained

1 can (12 ounces) evaporated skim milk

Small sage leaves, for garnish

In a large pot, heat the oil. Add the garlic and saute 1 minute or until fragrant. Add the onion and saute until it is soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in the curry powder and black pepper; cook for 1 minute. Add the broth, pumpkin puree and kidney beans, bring to a simmer and cook uncovered for 20 to 30 minutes. Stir in the evaporated milk and heat until warmed through.

Using a hand emulsion blender, blend soup until you reach the desired consistency. Or transfer to a blender, working in batches if necessary, and blend until smooth. If desired, fry the sage leaves in a small amount of oil for a few seconds. Garnish with sage leaves.

From Larissa Shain, RD for Henry Ford Health System, Metabolic Health and Weight Management.

TURKEY SOUP WITH STUFFING DUMPLINGS

Serves 8

This soup makes good use of many Thanksgiving dinner leftover ingredients: turkey carcass, turkey meat, stuffing and vegetables. The amount of vegetables can be adjusted to what you have on hand.

Carcass from one 12-14 pound roasted turkey, picked clean

2 large onions, 1 quartered and 1 chopped

4 peeled carrots, 2 coarsely chopped and 2 sliced

4 stalks celery, 2 coarsely chopped and 2 sliced

6 garlic cloves, 4 smashed and 2 chopped

1 bay leaf

10 whole peppercorns

2 large eggs

6 tablespoons all-purpose flour, plus more as needed

1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more as needed

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

2 cups leftover stuffing

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 sprigs fresh thyme

2 cups shredded leftover turkey meat

1 cup leftover mixed vegetables

Put the turkey carcass, quartered onion, coarsely chopped carrots and coarsely chopped celery, smashed garlic, bay leaf, and peppercorns in a large stockpot and add enough cold water to just cover, about 2 quarts. Bring the water to a boil, and then reduce the heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook for 1 hour. Remove from the heat and strain the solids from the broth. Pour the liquid through a fine mesh strainer and reserve; you should have about 10-12 cups broth.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk the eggs, flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt and some black pepper together until smooth. Add the stuffing and mix until well combined; cover and reserve.

Wipe the stockpot clean with a paper towel. Heat the oil in the pot over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and garlic and cook until both are soft and translucent, about 6 minutes. Add the sliced carrots and sliced celery, thyme sprigs and reserved broth and bring to a simmer; cook vegetables are just soft, about 10 minutes.

Roll level tablespoons of the dumpling mixture into balls with wet hands and drop into the simmering soup; cook until dumplings float, about 3 to 4 minutes. Gently stir in the turkey meat, mixed vegetables, and season with salt and pepper, and simmer until heated through. Serve immediately.

Cook’s note: Moistness of stuffing can vary; if the dumpling dough is too soft to roll, add flour a teaspoon at a time until it is firm enough to hold its shape while rolling.

Adapted from www.foodnetwork.com. Tested by Susan Selasky for the Free Press Test Kitchen. Nutrition information not available.

BAKED TURKEY SANDWICHES

Makes 12

Here’s a way to make turkey sandwiches for a crowd. These also make great use of leftover rolls and cranberry sauce.

12 soft white dinner rolls or slider buns

6 tablespoons Dijon mustard, divided

¾ cup cranberry sauce

12 slices (about 1/4-inch-thick) leftover turkey

12 thin slices provolone

Pepper to taste

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 tablespoons finely chopped onion

1 tablespoon poppy seeds

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon garlic powder

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Slice rolls in half horizontally. Spread 4 tablespoons Dijon on cut sides of roll tops and bottoms. Place a dollop of cranberry sauce on the top inside roll. Arrange roll bottoms, cut side up and side by side, in 13-by-9-inch baking dish. Place turkey slices on the roll bottom. Fold the cheese slice in thirds and place over turkey. Season with pepper and cap with roll tops.

Combine butter, onion and poppy seeds in bowl. Microwave until butter is melted and onion is softened, about 1 minute. Whisk Worcestershire, garlic powder and remaining 2 tablespoons mustard into butter mixture until combined. Generously brush tops and edges of sandwiches with all of butter mixture. Spoon any remaining solids over sandwiches.

Cover dish with aluminum foil and let sit for 10 minutes to allow sandwiches to absorb sauce. Bake for 20 minutes. Uncover and continue to bake until cheese is melted around edges and tops are slightly firm, 7 to 9 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes. Serve.

Cook’s note: Sandwiches can be brushed with sauce, covered and refrigerated up to 1 day in advance. Bring to room temperature before cooking.

Adapted from Cook’s Country magazine.