Saturday, November 28, 2015

Leftover Round-up

Leftover time! For all the leftovers people might have sitting around, I've gathered together a few recipes: two that might use up two leftovers at once and one that's just.... odd.

Are you the type of person who makes oyster-filled stuffing? Buy more oysters than you needed? The New England Cookbook (Melanie de Proft, 1956) has this recommendation:

Mix those extra oysters with leftover turkey, combine with a white sauce, and bake it all up in an entirely beige-and-white pie! (Was there a veggie shortage? I thought pot pies usually had at least some token veggies, but maybe not in New England....)

If you do have leftover vegetables of the sweet potato variety, 250 Ways of Serving Potatoes (Ruth Berolzheimer, 1941) suggests this:

Mash those sweet potatoes up with egg, put them in cups, fill with turkey, onion, and gravy, and bake them into individual, bright-orange casseroles. Maybe a hit for the sweet-and-savory crowd?

These two sound reasonable enough, so I'll leave you with a weird little recipe for leftover turkey from 1974's Favorite American Recipes: A Collection of Classics from Around the Country (Department of Agriculture):

Plunk your leftover turkey in a quart of cream-of-wheat with a little bit of seasoning. Then chill, slice, and fry! I know, in principle it's not that different from fried mush (and it sounds better than traditional scrapple-- hog offal in cornmeal mush), but the thought of farina congealed with a mix of turkey, sage, and chili powder, then fried, makes me wonder if we should take grandma to the neurologist because she is getting some weird ideas....

But then again, I do like to mix leftover dressing into scrambled eggs if I get the chance, so maybe I don't have too much room to talk! Enjoy your weekend of leftovers.


  1. I think weird remixes of dinner components are a venerable post-Thanksgiving tradition, which is why I can confidently state that leftover baked tofu served on a bagel with Tofutti cream cheese makes a McDonald's-worthy breakfast sandwich. 😋