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26 April, 2012

Thanksgiving Day Leftovers

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Is there really anything better than Thanksgiving Day leftovers?  Whether it’s later that evening after the big meal has settled, lunch the next day or dinner a couple days later I don’t know anyone that doesn’t like these.  My husband isn’t a big fan of leftovers as a rule.  But turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls and pie are his exception.  I thought I would take this blog post and just share some of the tips I use to reheating that make this meal so good.   Many of you already know this but I bet there’s a few people out there that don’t.  Of course you can take a little of everything, put it on a plate and zap it in the microwave.  That’s a no-brainer and works pretty well.  But when you’re going to serve this meal again for several people here’s what I recommend.

For the turkey, I like to steam it.  I feel like it’s the best way to reheat it and keep it moist.  I set up a steamer basket with a couple inches of water (don’t let the water touch the basket) and bring it to a boil.  I add my slices of turkey to the basket and let it steam for 2-4 minutes. Just until it gets hot. Then serve it.  Since it’s so quick reheat everything else first and do the turkey last just before you’re ready to serve the meal.

For the stuffing I like to bake it again.  Since it can sometimes get dried out I pour 1-2 cups of chicken broth over the top of it and mix it in just to get it really moist.  I then cover it with foil (unless you want it to get a little darker) and bake it at 350 degrees for at least a half hour.  Check it to see if it’s up to 165 degrees and then serve.

Mashed potatoes and gravy.  I just reheat on the stove top adding a little more cream to the mashed potatoes and chicken broth to the gravy to thin them out a little and get them back to Thanksgiving Day perfect.

For the rolls I like to reheat them in the oven too.  You can just add them in with the stuffing for the last 10-15 minutes.  I put them in foil and then just sprinkle a little water over the top of them to keep them moist while they heat up.  I also flip them over half way through reheating.

Since the oven is now full I usually just reheat the sweet potatoes in the microwave and don’t do anything special to them.  Depending on the salad you made (mine had bananas in it)  it probably didn’t survive a couple days so I just make a new one to have with this meal while everything is heating up.  Usually a spinach or green salad since you have plenty of protein and carbs with this meal.  The pumpkin pie is easy (if there’s any leftover).  Maybe just whip up some fresh whipping cream to go on top.

There you have it.  My tips for the perfect Thanksgiving Day leftover meal.

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