Posts Tagged ‘Holiday Leftovers’

CrustlessTurkey Pot Pie

October 24, 2011

When I was growing up, my mother would make this dish from The Molly Goldberg Jewish Cookbook called Turkey Dish for Ladies’ Aid Society. The recipe was simple: saute vegetables (onions, green peppers, mushrooms, celery), add flour and broth to make a thickened sauce, and then mix in some cubed leftover turkey (or chicken) and peas. The original recipe called for serving the mixture over toast (kind of like pot pie, but with toast as a crust). My mother served it over rice like chop suey (which I remember my mom making basically the same way, but with the addition of soy sauce, bean sprouts, and water chestnuts.

In the cookbook, the recipe followed another for roast turkey, which offered the following observation: “I’m very lucky, because twice a year, if I need the excuse, I can have turkey for a regular Thanksgiving meal. Once for Sukkoth and once for Thanksgiving.”

If you have turkey leftover from Sukkot–maybe you threw it in the freezer–this is a perfect use for it (and it works with defrosted frozen turkey).

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Windows Catering Rum Balls

December 14, 2010

I made a chocolate cake that was delicious, but impossibly crumbly. I turned leftovers into rum balls, adapting a recipe from the NYT that the New York Times Dessert Cookbook (p. 504) stated originally came from the restaurant Windows on the World, but actually came from Henry Dinardo, chef/owner of Windows Catering.

This recipe is perfect for recycling those holiday cookies that come in big boxes. Take ho-hum cookies and cake and turn them into luscious rum raisin chocolate truffles.

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