Thanksgiving Leftovers, Part 1

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by Matthew Novak
from Man Eats with Mustache

I’ve seen a lot of chatter on Twitter this week from people who don’t know what they’re going to do with their leftovers. There is one simple answer: EAT THEM.

I love Thanksgiving, but by plate 10 or 11 on day two, even I need some variety. Not surprisingly there’s a lot you can do with a cooked turkey, so the next few posts are dedicated to the most wonderful time of the year, leftover season.

Here’s my first recipe: Turkey-Cranberry Salad.

by Matthew Novak
from Man Eats with Mustache

 

 

I’ve seen a lot of chatter on Twitter this week from people who don’t know what they’re going to do with their leftovers. There is one simple answer: EAT THEM.

I love Thanksgiving, but by plate 10 or 11 on day two, even I need some variety. Not surprisingly there’s a lot you can do with a cooked turkey, so the next few posts are dedicated to the most wonderful time of the year, leftover season.  Here’s my first recipe: Turkey-Cranberry Salad.

Other than a shocking, early snowstorm, things have been relatively temperate in the Northeast, so there is still a lot of rosemary growing. I absolutely LOVE fresh rosemary. It’s powerful, bright, and it balances well with turkey, cuting through rich flavors without killing them. But turkey and rosemary does not make a turkey salad.

In keeping with Thanksgiving tradition, I added dried cranberries for a sweetness and held the salad together with mayonnaise & sour cream. You could skip the sour cream if you’d like, but it adds a creaminess you’re not going to get from mayo. And, to be honest, it makes it seem a little less gas-station-deli-chicken-salad-ish.

This is such a great salad base because you can do so much to it. Add chopped nuts for more texture, switch out the herbs for tarragon or lemon thyme. I’ve even had a version of this with grapes & apples instead of dried cranberries. It’s great on crackers or as a sandwich,and you can also make lettuce wraps for your carb/gluten conscious friends.

 

 

 

 

 

Man Eats with Mustache was created by Matthew Novak: a New Jersey  native, husband, father of 2, commercial artist & overall lover of food.

 


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