Friday, November 27, 2009

Thanksgiving Leftovers Makeover

[Edited: I am submitting the Turkey Mushroom Pea Pie recipe (below) to Natasha's 5 Star Makeover Challenge.]

I hope all of you who celebrated Thanksgiving had a nice day yesterday. We had a very nice day even though the toddler’s sleep schedule was completely “off.”

This morning, the teenager and I got up at 4:00 a.m. to hit some stores by 5:00 a.m. We got some good deals, and it was fun having some one-on-one time with him. I am realizing more and more that it’s only a few more months until he is off to college… I also realized this morning that teenagers can be extremely patient when it comes to waiting in a line if it’s for something they want. We ended up standing in line for over an hour to buy two video games ($5/each).

I mentioned before that I’m not the biggest turkey fan, but I do like the dishes I make with the leftover turkey. Last night I made some turkey soup after hubby carved all the meat off the turkey. He actually watched some videos online and did an awesome job carving the turkey this year!

I cooked the bones in about 10 cups of water for 2 1/2 hours with plenty of rosemary and thyme. Every once in a while I skimmed off the foam that built on the top. Then I took out the bones and strained the soup. I also skimmed off the fat after the liquid had cooled a bit. I sautéed some onions, garlic, celery, & carrots and added the soup back to the pot. Lastly, I added some cut up turkey meat. I really enjoy a cup of turkey soup in the morning the day after Thanksgiving!

I also made some Turkey Mushroom Pea Pies with a mashed potato topping.

I started by sautéing 8 ounces of mushrooms. Then I added some frozen peas and cut up turkey meat. I finished the sauce with a few tablespoons of half and half.

I filled my small ramekins with the mixture.

Then I topped the ramekins with leftover mashed potatoes.

I baked the pies in a 375 degree oven for about 20 minutes, until the potatoes got a bit of color.

Questions: Do you like to “make over” your leftovers? Did you hit the stores this morning? Did you get any great bargains? And, finally, you are still flossing, aren’t you?

Be well,