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    Thanksgiving leftovers

    I imagine most folks have finished off the majority of side dishes, the stuffing, mashed potatoes, jello, cranberry, rolls, bean cassarole, etc. but I bet everyone is not done with turkey yet. How do you stand on leftovers? Anyone planning turkey soup, turkey stew, or turkey pasties for dinner yet? Does anyone freeze/vacuum seal their leftover turkey?

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    We didn't have turkey, but we came home with leftover mac-n-cheese, baked squash, my MIL's amazing cabbage salad, and a delish chocolate pudding pie. Surprise - the pie is already gone.

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    I always freeze my extra kielbasa. Turkey on the other hand we just use with gravy for the next couple days.
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    Since Thanksgiving was at my brother's, we made our turkey yesterday. The fridge is filled with leftovers. We will fix a few plates to freeze. The turkey will be repurposed into soups, pot pies, quiches, or other meals. A certain quantity will also be consumed by the dogs, who do not object to being fed turkey several days in a row.
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    Quote Originally posted by Mud Princess View post
    a delish chocolate pudding pie. Surprise - the pie is already gone.
    We had an apple and a pumpkin pie. It disappeared by Saturday (well, maybe disppeared isn't quite the right word, perhaps relocated and and converted into adipose tissue would be more accurate)

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    Since I cooked the turkey dinner for the shelter residents I gave them the leftovers. I just took enough home for another plate the next day and the turkey carcass to make turkey noodle soup with which we ate on Friday afternoon. Other than that I am leftover free
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    We brought home a little bit of leftover turkey, which will be made into Hot Brown Sandwiches.

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    Didn't cook thanksgiving dinner so no leftovers.
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    Turkey sandwiches on Saturday afternoon and Ham sandwiches on Sunday evening (including sides of corn, peas and pound cake at each).
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    Thanksgiving food is sort of like pizza. You purposely cook/order more, simply so you can have leftovers.
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    No leftovers for me! We visited Nashville and I had myself a full slab of ribs with a couple Amber Bocks. Best Thanksgiving EVAR!
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    I'll tell you what, Thanksgiving is a festival I can firmly get behind. Such an obscene amount of food. Beautiful.

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    I think there is a little bit left but I am not eating any more.
    I finished the ham and I ate WAY to much pumpkin pie....
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    My parents, as usual, cooked Chinese food to go along with the turkey. (They buy the turkey, simply because it's on sale.) Needless to say, leftover turkey holds up better than leftover Chinese. We brought pies, and there are plenty of leftover pies.

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    We made our very first turkey this year and it turned out perfect! We also made sweet potatoes (Molokai variety, so they are purple instead of orange - very yummy) and braised greens (kale, chard, mustard, beet, endive) with roasted mixed nuts. The braised greens and sweet potatoes were gobbled up on Thanksgiving.

    For the turkey leftovers we tried a bunch of experimental foods, all delicious
    - Turkey Puffs (turkey and cream cheese wrapped and baked in puff pastry)
    - turkey stuffed grape leaves
    - turkey and rice quesadillas
    - turkey tetrazzini

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    How do you stand on leftovers?
    Put leftovers on floor. Place one foot upon the leftovers. Follow with the other.
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    Six days post-Turkey Day and I just finished off the last piece of pumpkin pie for lunch. Like last year, the only evidence of leftovers is my spare tire. We gave away more food this year to departing guests than in years past and still managed to get 6 days worth of leftovers.

    Anyone else got leftovers remaining, or have you frozen or thrown them out by now?

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    At lunch today I finished off the last turkey, the last mashed potatoes, the last mashed sweet potatoes, and the last cranberry sauce. It was still yummy! I made the sweet potatoes (my mom made everything else) and it was really easy. Makes me think I should make them more often.

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    Still have turkey and stuffing, so turkey sammies and stuffing for a few more days.

    My son unfroze the dirty rice I made already (I made six QUARTS of the stuff). I know the family loves it, so I made a lot. Pies, almost gone... apple, sugar, and real pumpkin. We have apple trees now, yay!
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    There were leftovers consumed on Monday. There is a little bit of turkey left, but I think I'm just giving it to the dog tonight.
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    We put half of the turkey breast in the freezer for later. Still have some turkey that I am making turkey sandwiches out of. We already used the turkey carcass for soup. Still a few pieces of shoo fly pie and some cornbread dressing left.
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    The kid and I had turkey sandwiches and ate up a good chunk of the stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce last weekend. RJ had made stock from the turkey breast carcass and used some of that and some of the meat for a yummy gumbo on Sunday.

    I made another breast on Monday so I would have enough meat to make a turkey/wild rice soup tonight, also using RJ's homemade stock. Then I'll freeze any leftover stock and turkey meat.

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    Despite the amazing volume of leftover food, everything we brought home from Thanksgiving 2011 is long gone.

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    Well, we're now down to one half of one enormous, almost cartoonish, turkey leg and a small slice of sweet potato pie. And we didn't even have Thanksgiving at our house - this is just what the hosts foisted on us. I shudder to think what their fridge looks like.
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    I love using the leftover turkey in burritos with some avocado. Yum

    This year we cooked the leftover turkey carcass in a crockpot to make a broth and froze the broth. I also vacuum sealed and froze some turkey meat. I'm thinking about making some sort of a turkey pho soup.

    One year I took all the leftover turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and vegetables and threw it alll into a caserole dish added one egg and made a giant thanksgiving casserole that was surprisingly not terrible.
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