Leftovers bring extra joy to holiday

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, November 25, 2017

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Now that the morning 5K, Thanksgiving feast, another Dallas Cowboys disappointment and an evening with the family is over, it’s time for my favorite part of the holiday – leftovers.

Yes, the main event is great with fresh dressing and the much victimized green bean casserole, but it’s the second- and third-day helpings that are best.

Richard Greene

Richard Greene

Perhaps it’s the nostalgia of being a kid and sneaking in a turkey sandwich during breaks from putting up Christmas lights to watch classic college football rivalries (remember when we actually had those on the Friday following Thanksgiving – Texas and Texas A&M, and Nebraska and Oklahoma).

But the holiday is not the same without leftovers. When we’ve hit the road for the holiday and I didn’t pack a bundle of goodies to take home, I’ve been guilty of preparing a smaller Thanksgiving meal just to make sure I had some.

This year I may have gone a little overboard. With a larger than normal gathering at our house, I wasn’t sure if one turkey would produce the adequate amount of leftovers. So, I ordered a second one. And of course at the end of the meal, there was enough left to feed a small army. My devious plan worked – more leftovers for me.

A benefit of turkey day leftovers is they can be consumed at any mealtime.

If you’re a journalist that must work on Black Friday, a slice of pecan pie makes a great, quick breakfast. But if you’re at home, the fantastic Denver omelet is even better. It can be made with the leftover ham – just add an onion, green pepper and cheese.

The star of the leftovers, which makes a great lunch and dinner, is the holiday turkey sandwich.

There’s a specific way to make this sandwich. It must be on toasted wheat bread with a thin layer of mayonnaise and two slices of pepper jack cheese. A good helping of turkey is piled on with some dressing stacked on top. To finish it off, add just a bit of cranberry sauce. There you have perfection between two slices of bread.

As a side, a helping of the great green bean casserole and sweet potatoes will finish off a meal that will have you ready for kickoff, to hit the stores or finish hanging Christmas lights.

And sooner or later, it’ll be time for more pie. Thanksgiving is the holiday that keeps giving, giving and giving – thankfully.

Richard Greene is the assistant editor of the Messenger and will be consuming a lot of turkey over the weekend.

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