The Leftover

The Turkey LeftoverThis post is long overdue, especially as it deals with the Thanksgiving leftover. My family loves Thanksgiving day. Everything about it. We also love the leftovers, however can only take so much of the leftovers. My wife and I are ridiculous as are morning breakfast, the day after Thanksgiving, is typically turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and whatever else we can do to get sleepy again. Before I had to throw away dishes from Thanksgiving, I did make my wife and I a ‘snack’ one evening as we were working hard around the house and needed some energy. I am going to call this one the Turkey leftover and will most likely recreate this one again and again.

Ingredients:

  • Bread (I used the Rosemary Bread I made)
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Smoked Gouda Cheese
  • Butter, oil
  • Turkey
  • Gravy
  • Whatever else you want to throw in to the mix

I stated by heating a couple of pans. One pan was set on low with a lightly buttered slice of rosemary bread, and a slice of smoked gouda cheese. I put a lid on this pan as I wanted the cheese to melt.

In the other pan, I used a small amount of olive oil and heated that through. During this time I made cakes, that were about the size of my slice of bread, out of the mashed potatoes. Shape these cakes when your potatoes are cold, otherwise they do not really work out. Cook these through and flip over during the cooking process. As these were cooking, I lined up the shredded turkey pieces along side to warm through. Once ready, top the potato cake onto of the smoked gouda slice, and top with the turkey and warm gravy.

Trust me, it was delicious.

Rosemary Bread

Rosemary Bread

During the Thanksgiving period, I was looking for some great bread to make a panini, or simply eat. This year instead of buying a nice rustic loaf from the breadsmith, I decided to make my own. Bring on the Rosemary bread. This took a few hours, and an overnight process but well worth it. To sum things up, my wife and I ate a loaf as soon as it came out of the oven, with the simplicity of butter. This was outrageous in flavor, however the panini was triple that, especially with Gouda cheese. Let’s get started.

Rosemary BreadThis is my first time making bread, however this is definitely not the first time I have used the same ingredients; flour, yeast, and oil. The cool thing here is to make an agent prior to making the dough and going through that process. The agent is funky. The breakdown:

Ingredients – The Starter (Start the day before)

  • 1 Cup Warm Water
  • 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 2 Cups all-purpose flour

To make the starter, combine all the ingredients in your electric mixer. Beat at a medium speed until the mixture pulls from the sides. Transfer to a plastic container, cover with a towel at room temperature, and leave out overnight.

Building the dough is next.

Ingredients – The Dough

  • 2 Tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup of the starter (above)
  • 2 cups of warm water
  • 3 Tablespoons of olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons of chopped, fresh rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 4 cups of all-purpose flour

Rosemary BreadTo make the dough, use the mixer and combine the yeast, starter, and warm water in a bowl. Beat this until it is milky white and begins to foam, roughly five minutes. Change over to a dough hook, then add the olive oil, rosemary, salt, and 3-4 cups of the flour. Continue to beat this until it pulls from the sides of the bowl. Add more flour if the dough gets too soft. Continue to use the dough hook for roughly 10 minutes or so.

Shape the dough into a ball, and place in a lighly oiled bowl, making sure to coat. Cover with a lighltly dampened warm towel, and let rise for a couple of hours.

Punch down the dough, divide into two pieces, and shape into loaves, placing on a baking pan. Cover again and let it rise until doubled for another hour.

Preheat the oven to 425, make a few slashes across the bread, and bake until it is golden brown, roughly 45 minutes. Take off and let cool on racks, if you have them.

Serve with pasta, salads, sandwiches, or even plain.

It’s Almost Here… Thanksgiving

After being stuck in a car much of this past week on our vacation to Toronto, Ontario, I cannot tell you how happy I am not only to be out of the car with our whining children, but also to be able to have a home cooked meal, and what a better time than Thanksgiving day. I cannot tell you how excited I am to not drive anywhere tomorrow, but also how excited I am to host for the fifth year straight. My menu differs each year, typically changing up the mashed potatoes, salads, appetizers, or soups. This year I have the menu planned out and I will be writing about them in the upcoming days and weeks. The menu tomorrow consists of the following:

Stay Tuned!