Cheesy Turkey and Rice Skillet

Today’s Thanksgiving leftovers recipe is one that I’ve made in my kitchen before. I made this one pot meal last month when my mother-in-law was visiting. We had just joined Sam’s Club and had a coupon for a free rotisserie chicken! This skillet meal was a perfect way to use some of that chicken. We all went back for seconds. So when I decided to Thanksgiving leftovers leading up to Turkey Day I knew this dish would be on the menu.

What makes this meal perfect for after Thanksgiving is that it only dirties one pot. Okay, two pots because you need to cook some rice ahead of time. But after a whole day of pulling out casserole dishes you forgot you had, eating on that once-a-year china, and stacking up the Tuperware it’s nice to not have to wash eight thousand dishes.

This recipe can be adjusted based on your leftovers. Swap out the broccoli for some green beans or Brussels sprouts.

Cheesy Turkey and Rice Skillet

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 1/2 C broccoli
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 C milk
  • 1/2 tsp ground mustard
  • 2 C diced cooked turkey
  • 2 C shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 C cooked rice (brown, white, or a mix of both)

Steps:

  1. In a high sided skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Saute onion and broccoli until tender. Stir in flour. Slowly mix in the milk. Allow to simmer until thickened slightly. Season with ground mustard, S+P.
  2. Add in the cooked turkey. Melt in the cheese. Mix in the rice.

*This recipe is adapted from Lauren at http://www.laurenslatest.com/broccoli-cheddar-brown-rice-skillet/*

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SRC: Turkey Pie

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Today’s Secret Recipe Club post kicks off Thanksgiving week. This year I want to celebrate everyone’s second favorite part of the holiday – leftovers! I knew that in my search through my assigned blog, Chocolate & Chillies, I knew I would be on the search for turkey friendly recipes.

If you don’t yet know, in the Secret Recipe Club, each participating blogger is assigned a blog from another participating blogger and secretly searches their site for something to recreate. The accompanying blog post then goes live on reveal day!

And last month, Asiya was assigned my blog! She made Pumpkin Zucchini Bread inspired by my Pumpkin Broccoli Bread. Asiya left the workforce as an analyst seven to stay home with her first son. I can relate as I too just left my job as an engineer after having my first child. She started her blog as a way to branch out in the kitchen, and she has a husband who happily supports her endeavor. Her family is Indian and her husband Pakistani, so her blog is heavily influenced by these two cultures.

Using dishes from other cultures is a wonderful way to use up those turkey leftovers without getting bored, so I must thank the Secret Recipe Club for helping me to think outside of the box! If you usually make soup with your leftovers give her homemade oyster crackers a try; they’re on my bucket list.

I pulled two recipes off of Chocolate & Chilles, Mummy’s Chicken Pie and Chicken Biryani. As I am posting a rice skillet dish tomorrow I opted for her chicken pie. Because I used precooked roasted turkey instead of cooking chicken for use in this dish, I added extra garlic and ginger paste. Normally I’d shy away from the eggs in the pie filling, but it’s Secret Recipe Club so I left the ingredient, and I’m glad I did! I’d also never worked with phyllo dough before, mostly because I’m too impatient to brush each layer with melted butter, but also because I don’t want to be using that much butter. I’m glad that Asiya used a milk and olive oil wash instead!

Stuart and I both loved this Thanksgiving leftover solution. I served it with the leftover twice baked sweet potatoes from my “Thanksgiving for Two” menu.

Turkey Pie

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb cubed cooked turkey breast
  • 2 hard boiled eggs, diced
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 3/4 C + 6 tbsp milk, divided use
  • 1 roll frozen phyllo dough, thawed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Steps:

  1. In a saucepan heat canola oil over medium heat. When hot add the ginger and garlic pastes, reduce heat – it will splatter. After 30 seconds whisk in the flour and return heat to medium. Slowly whisk in 3/4 C milk, whisk over medium heat until thickened slightly and free from lumps. Mix cubed turkey and diced hard boiled eggs. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  3. Whisk together 6 tbsp milk and 2 tbsp olive oil. Brush mixture on bottom of a 7×11″ casserole dish.
  4. Slice phyllo dough in half, place one half in the fridge until ready to use. Place one sheet of phyllo in casserole dish, brush with milk and oil mixture, repeat until all of the sheets have been used.
  5. Top phyllo with turkey pie filling.
  6. Top the filling with the second half of the phyllo dough – repeating the process of brushing with the milk and oil mixture. Brush the top of the pie with the milk and oil.
  7. Bake 20 – 25 minutes, or until the top is lightly golden and inside is hot.

*This recipe is adapted from Asiya at http://www.chocolateandchillies.com/2011/06/mummys-chicken-pie.html*

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Thanksgiving for Two and a Giveaway

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love the food – not just the eating of the food, but I love the preparing of the food, I love traditions, and I love spending time with my family.

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After getting married Thanksgiving became my domain. My parents and brother came to the FL Panhandle along with my in-laws. And no, it’s not awkward and dysfunctional. We are very lucky to get along with both sets of in-laws and better yet, they get along with each other! It’s so much fun having 10+ people gathered around a table meshing traditions and sharing stories.

Now that we are living in Ohio, where it has already snowed this year, in a smaller house with a tiny oven I’ve passed my hosting duties to my mother-in-law. My parents are even flying to Alabama to join us! Unfortunately my brother can’t get away from work so he and his fiance will be spending the holiday with another couple.

Thanksgiving for TwoIf you are spending the holiday with a small group of people, or even just as a party of two, I encourage you to keep reading and look at my perfect menu for all your favorite Thanksgiving flavors made for 2 – 4! And come back next week to see how I use the leftovers in unusual round two recipes!

For my very first Thanksgiving as a Mrs. I introduced a new dish to the holiday table – creamed onions. It has now become my must-have side dish. (Well, that and green bean casserole.) The first time I made this I followed the recipe verbatim, and after a massive amount of leftovers and feedback from the family I have since halved it and removed the pearl onions. Today, I cut that original recipe by 2/3 and still keep the pearl onions out. There are lots of onions to cut and tears to fall, but it’s very much worth it! A bite of creamed onions is the one I save for my last bite of the meal.

Stuart’s must-have side dish is his Papa’s Sweet Potato Casserole. This dish has become a mandatory dish for my family’s Christmas meal, too! I wasn’t going to made a mini-version for this Thanksgiving for Two meal, but the sweet potato is still mandatory. I instead made Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes. The flavors in the filling give the illusion of eating a full holiday spread.

And of course, you must have a turkey. For a small party you don’t need to stress over roasting the perfect bird, instead get a 3lb turkey breast. Lather it with flavored butter, place it on a bed of veggies, and roast it for only 2 1/2 hours. Serve it with your favorite gravy if you so desire.

Roasted Turkey Breast

Ingredients:

  • 1 3 lb boneless turkey breast
  • handful of Kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 3 carrots, peeled
  • 2 ribs celery
  • 2 onions
  • 1 tbsp room temperature butter
  • 1/4 tsp Italian seasoning
  • zest and juice of 1/2 lemon

Steps:

  1. Once your turkey is thawed place it in a large bowl of salted water with a tbsp of sugar. Put the turkey in the refrigerator for at least two hours or even overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Chop the carrots, celery, and onion into two-inch pieces and place on the bottom of a casserole dish.
  4. Remove turkey breast from brine and pat dry.
  5. In a small bowl combine the butter with the Italian seasoning, the zest of half a lemon and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, S+P. Rub butter all over the turkey. Place turkey on bed of veggies.
  6. Roast for 2 – 2 1/2 hours, until an internal temperature of 170-175 degrees F is reached. Allow turkey to rest 5 – 10 minutes before slicing.

*This recipe is modified from Kelsey at http://m.cookingchanneltv.com/recipes/kelsey-nixon/roast-turkey-breast.html *

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 leek, cut into half moons
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 C ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 C shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh sage

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Wash sweet potatoes, pat dry, and poke with a fork. Bake for 1 hour, rotate potatoes halfway through cooking time. Allow potatoes to cool. (If you are making this with the rest of the “Thanksgiving for Two” menu at this point reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees.)
  2. Clean leaks by placing them in a large bowl of water. Using your hands, separate the layers, allowing all the dirt to settle to the bottom of the bowl. Remove using a slotted spoon.
  3. Heat olive oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Saute leeks until tender.
  4. Halve the cooled potatoes lengthwise. Scoop out the flesh of the potato, leaving enough attached to the skins for stability. Place potato flesh in a food processor. Puree with brown sugar, ginger, S+P. Add the ricotta and puree until smooth. Remove sweet potatoes to a bowl and combine with cooked leeks, Parmesan cheese, and sage.
  5. Place the mixture into the potato skins. Bake for 30 minutes.

*This recipe is adapted from Nicole at http://flavorsbyfour.blogspot.com/2012/11/twice-baked-sweet-potatoes-with-sage.html *

Creamed Onions

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 red onion, sliced into thin rings
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 leek, cut into half moons
  • 2 shallots, cut into half moons
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2/3 C heavy cream
  • 1/3 – 1/2 C panko
  • 2 tbsp shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp parsley

Steps:

  1. Clean leaks by placing them in a large bowl of water. Using your hands, separate the layers, allowing all the dirt to settle to the bottom of the bowl. Remove using a slotted spoon.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. (If you are making this with the rest of the “Thanksgiving for Two” menu 350 degrees is fine.)
  3. In a large, high sided skillet melt 1 tbsp butter over medium-high heat. Saute the red and sweet onions until soft. Season with S+P. Remove to a bowl.
  4. In the same skillet melt the other tbsp butter. Saute the shallots and leeks until tender. Season with S+P. Add the minced garlic and cook another 60 seconds. Remove to the same bowl as the other onions.
  5. Add the cream to the skillet, bring to a gentle boil and let reduce slightly. Add the onions to the cream and combine. Taste and season with addition S+P if needed.
  6. In a small bowl mix together the panko, parmesan, and parsley.
  7. Pour creamed onions into a small casserole dish, or individual ramekins. (At this point you can refrigerate the onions up to 24 hours.) Top with panko mixture. Bake 40 – 45 minutes, or until topping is golden and onions are bubbly.

*This recipe is modified from Bree at http://bakedbree.com/creamed-onions *

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The ThermoPop comes in 9 colors. Not only do their bright colors make it a fun kitchen gadget, but it also means it won’t get lost in my drawer of utensils. It comes with a matching “sheath” to keep the probe free from dirt and damage when not in use. The ThermoPop is also easy to use. A simple touch of the front button turns the device and backlight on (the backlight will automatically turn off after 10 seconds to save power), a button on the back will adjust the temperature from degrees Fahrenheit to degrees Celsius, and probably the best feature, another button will rotate the large digital display 90 degrees. There’s no more twisting your head in awkward angles to read your thermometer and there’s no need for a magnifying glass to read the temperature either.

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Turkey Salisbury Steaks

I have discovered the perfect ratio of meat-to-breadcrumbs-to-liquid for patties, be them meatballs, burgers, meatloaf, or Salisbury steaks. This recipe is modified from Lauren (no, not me) who blogs over at the very successful Lauren’s Latest. I might have a blog-crush on her! If you haven’t visited her blog before, but you probably have, you should really check it out. I feel like I know her. I get sucked into her writing style and her stories always provide a little chuckle. I’ve made a few recipes from her blog (another to be featured Thanksgiving week) and they have all been a success.

I found myself drawn to this recipe because my mother-in-law was visiting and I knew it would be the perfect opportunity to make a dish involving mushrooms. I don’t like mushrooms, it’s a texture thing. My husband though, loves mushrooms. If we’re having burgers or steaks he’ll excitedly saute some up in soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce. But because I don’t eat them the package of mushrooms usually goes to waste, unless of course he remembers we have some and makes an omelet. So with my mother-in-law, who also enjoys mushrooms, in town I knew they wouldn’t be wasted. The flavor of mushrooms doesn’t bother me, and they always smell amazing when cooked so I happily gave them another try (I want to like mushrooms but it’s just not happening) and easily ate around them in the gravy.

I’ve never had Salisbury steak before but according to Lauren’s blog post it’s traditionally served with mashed potatoes. (She served hers with rice cauliflower.) I had a very, very large sweet potato in the pantry so we sliced it up and roasted it. I think this gravy would taste good on anything though so whatever you chose to make as your side will also be dragged through the gravy!

Turkey Salisbury Steaks

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 small red onion, chopped, divided use
  • 1 egg
  • 3/8 C Italian-style breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ground mustard
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided use
  • 8 oz sliced mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 2 C beef broth
  • dash Worcestershire sauce

Steps:

  1. In a large bowl, mix together turkey, half of the onion, egg, breadcrumbs, ketchup, garlic powder, ground mustard,  and S+P. Form into 8 patties.
  2. In a large, high-sided skillet, brown patties over medium-high heat in 1 tbsp of the olive oil. Remove and set aside.
  3. Add remaining olive oil and saute the rest of the onion with the mushrooms. Season with S+P and cook until onion is translucent Remove and set aside.
  4. In the same skillet create a roux by melting the butter and whisking in the flour. Once combined add the broth and Worcestershire, whisking consistently to avoid lumps. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer.
  5. Return the patties and mushrooms to the skillet. Cover and cook 10 minutes until gravy is thick and turkey is cooked through.

*This recipe is modified from Lauren at http://www.laurenslatest.com/turkey-salisbury-steak/*

Salisbury Steak

SRC: Turkey Chorizo Burgers

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Today is my very first Secret Recipe Club Reveal Day! Each participating blogger is assigned a blog from another participating blogger and secretly searches their site for something to recreate. The accompanying blog post then goes live on reveal day! So while I was immersed in my assigned blog, someone else was picking through mine! I’m so excited to be part of this group, to see what on my blog peaks other’s interests and to stumble upon new blogs and new recipes.

For my first month participating I was assigned Lynsey’s blog Lynsey Lou’s. Lynsey has been married for six years (happy anniversary!) to a man she won over through food. Like me, she enjoys cooking most for her family and friends.  She learned how to cook from her family and enjoys experimenting in the kitchen. I have secretly pinned a few recipes from her blog to try out in the future, including: Pork Tenderloin with Cocoa Crust, Raspberry Cream Cheese Pie, and Grilled Chicken and Spinach Salad with Spicy Pineapple Dressing.

Even though SRC Reveal Day is on a Monday I didn’t want to limit myself to finding only Mexican recipes. But Lynsey had this burger recipe that I just knew I had to recreate! Lynsey and her family absolutely love burgers, and as they’re one of my favorite foods too I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make one. Especially considering I don’t have any burger recipes on my blog yet! Other than my Frisco Melt recreation where I confess to being a terrible burger maker. Here’s to hoping I can do Lynsey’s recipe justice!

Turkey Chorizo Burger

When we were in Birmingham in January we went to Flip Burger Boutique where Stuart inhaled their Chorizo Burger, by which I mean I took two bites of my burger before I could even ask to try his! The Chorizo Burger came with a fried egg on top, so I decided to add that to her recipe. (I even put cheese on mine – and I normally omit cheese on burgers!)

This burger was a huge hit. Stuart was halfway through his burger before I finished assembling mine! We made this recipe after Daylight Savings Time so the sun was still out when we got home – providing for a prefect evening grilling burgers in the almost-spring weather.

Turkey Chorizo Burgers

Ingredients:

  • 1 poblano pepper
  • 1 C mayonnaise
  • 2 cloves garlic, divided use
  • juice of half a lime
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 3 links Mexican chorizo, casings removed
  • 1 1/2 tsp Creole seasoning
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 4 slices pepper jack cheese
  • Spinach
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 hamburger buns

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place poblano pepper on a foil lined baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes, flipping every five minutes to create an even char. Remove pepper and place in glass bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let sit ten minutes. Peel skin and remove the stem and seeds. Roughly chop poblano and place in food processor along with mayo, 1 clove garlic, lime juice, and S+P. Puree.
  3. In a large bowl combine meats, 1 clove minced garlic, and seasonings. Divide into quarters and form into patties.
  4. Grill patties until cooked through to 160 degrees F, about 7 minutes on each side. In the last minutes of cook time top each patty with cheese. Spread buns with a little bit of oil and place on grill, if desired.
  5. Before assembling burgers fry eggs in a little bit of oil.
  6. Assemble burgers by putting chile mayo on each bun, top with spinach, burger, and fried egg.

*This recipe is modified from Lynsey at http://www.lynseylous.com/2012/07/turkey-and-chorizo-burgers-with-green.html*

Turkey Chorizo Burger

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Eating the Bible: Mortar and Memories

Tonight’s post comes from Exodus 1:14

And they embittered their lives with hard labor, with mortar and with bricks and with all kinds of labor in the fields, in all of their work they worked with back-breaking labor.

I felt that this passage fits nicely with the journey of Lent. Maybe not in the literal sense, unless your Lenten observance is to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity (hey, that’s a good one!), but in the sense that honoring and serving God and the community does require hard work. Spiritual labor, although probably not physically taxing, can break you down and build you back up.

Rena decided to do a play on “mortar and bricks” by cutting meatloaf into the shape of bricks and stacking them, using a sauce as the mortar. I used my mini loaf pan to create mini meatloaves.

Mini Turkey Meatloaves

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 small carrot, chopped
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 C breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp ketchup, plus more for topping
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire
  • 1 egg

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat saute onions in olive oil for 2 minutes. Season with S+P. Add garlic and stir, 30 seconds. Add carrots and cook another 5 minutes. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl combine turkey, breadcrumbs, ketchup and egg. Add in the carrots, salt, pepper, and parsley.
  4. Form meatloaf into 7 mini meatloaves and place in greased mini loaf pan or on a greased baking dish. Top each with extra ketchup and bake 35-40 minutes.

*This recipe is modified from Eating the Bible by Rena Rossner*

Mini Turkey Meatloaf

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