While it’s almost cliché to say, my favorite part of Thanksgiving is certainly the leftovers. It’s all the fun of Thanksgiving Day without the drunken, dramatic family members.
But here in Aspen, Thanksgiving is often an orphan affair, where people that are too dedicated to mediocre skiing, or alternately too broke, to go home gather in droves to celebrate the quintessentially American holiday.
(Side note: You have to love a holiday where people come together to express their thankfulness for all they have in their lives before heading out on Black Friday to buy a bunch of new crap they don’t need. But I digress.)
But in Aspen, when your favorite part of Thanksgiving is the leftovers, it’s a delicate task to actually acquire the goods to plan for a week of good eats. Fortunately, I’m not shy about bringing empty Tupperware to the gatherings I’m invited to, all under the guise of not letting good food go to waste.
So this week, instead of offering up a recipe, I’ve decided to provide a few post-Thanksgiving ideas that go beyond the basic turkey sandwich, to get the culinary wheels churning.
So enjoy this week where the microwave reigns supreme. Happy Thanksgiving!
— Turkey, Brie, Cheddar or Blue Cheese and Cranberry Quesadillas
— Pan-fried Stuffing with Poached Eggs and Bacon
— Turkey, Sweet Potato and Green Bean Curry
— Potato Cakes with Smoked Salmon and Chevre
— Cranberry, Turkey, Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich
— Pasta with Turkey, Gravy, Braised Greens, Sun-dried Tomatoes, Parmesan and Garlic
— Turkey Chili and Cornbread
— Cobb Salad with Turkey, Bacon, Hard Boiled Egg and Avocado
— Turkey Bone Broth with Pumpkin, Wild Rice and Kale
— Deep-fried green beans
— Cream of Mashed Potato and Leek Soup
— Grilled Turkey, Brie and Apple Butter Sandwich with Arugula
— Turkey Milanese
Alright, do you get the idea? Bon appetit!