Etiquette Hell

Hostesses With The Mostest => Entertaining and Hospitality => Topic started by: workerbee on November 19, 2013, 09:23:27 AM

Title: Dinner ideas for the Friday after Thanksgiving?
Post by: workerbee on November 19, 2013, 09:23:27 AM
By way of background, my extended family (brothers, sisters, spouses, children all under 6) gets together for the Thanksgiving weekend at my mother's house every year. We do the full turkey/dressing/trimmings meal on Thursday around 2pm and then for the rest of the weekend it's basically....leftovers. And not leftovers turned into turkey soup or curry or anything....just literally pull out the same serving dishes from the fridge and everyone helps themselves.

By about noon on Saturday I have had my fill (pretty sure everyone else has too), but nothing has really changed over the years. This time, I'm determined to introduce something different (if only for my own sanity!). So I am trying to come up with a relatively simple, appealing meal to serve for dinner Friday night. On Saturday we traditionally go to a friend's open house (so it's another round of "holiday" foods).

So I'm trying to come up with something different, but (1) relatively easy to prepare, since we've just put in a huge effort and (2) fairly simple, since we've just had a couple days of heavy eating.

Any ideas?
Title: Re: Dinner ideas for the Friday after Thanksgiving?
Post by: MindsEye on November 19, 2013, 09:33:55 AM
So... are you looking for recipes to use up the leftovers, or for ways to avoid the leftovers? 

If you want something easy and something that avoids the leftovers... what about tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches?

If you want something easy that uses some of the leftovers... what about turkey quesadillas?
Title: Re: Dinner ideas for the Friday after Thanksgiving?
Post by: SamiHami on November 19, 2013, 09:41:46 AM
How about something easy and simple like spaghetti? Or pizza?
Title: Re: Dinner ideas for the Friday after Thanksgiving?
Post by: Judah on November 19, 2013, 09:46:10 AM
If the weather is nice, I'd BBQ. Otherwise, how about a big pot of chile or soup with a hearty bread?
Title: Re: Dinner ideas for the Friday after Thanksgiving?
Post by: CakeBeret on November 19, 2013, 09:57:20 AM
You could repurpose the leftovers into something non-thanksgiving.

Shred the turkey and use it to make buffalo chicken (turkey) dip to serve with tortilla chips, or use it in a pasta dish.

Make potato balls out of the leftover mashed potatoes: http://www.cooks.com/recipe/2b4ys3to/mashed-potato-balls.html

Put leftover veggies, gravy, and turkey into a big stock pot with tomato juice/puree and make into a vegetable soup.
Title: Re: Dinner ideas for the Friday after Thanksgiving?
Post by: anniehawks on November 19, 2013, 10:02:02 AM
We like turkey, bacon and cheddar sandwiches on Italian bread cooked in a panini press (cook the bacon first.)  We also take the leftover mashed potatoes and make potato cakes with an egg, cheese and maybe some grilled onions and peppers.  If you want something completely different, I would go with pasta.
Title: Re: Dinner ideas for the Friday after Thanksgiving?
Post by: TootsNYC on November 19, 2013, 10:06:56 AM
Ham is easy--you just make sure not to overcook it.
Title: Re: Dinner ideas for the Friday after Thanksgiving?
Post by: cwm on November 19, 2013, 10:11:39 AM
I'm always a fan of meatloaf. It's easy to make, can be utterly delicious, and to me is such a different consistency and flavor from the turkey the day before that it's a great break.

Actually, anything with red meat, for me. Then again, I can barely stand turkey on Thanksgiving, so getting an out from leftovers is perfect.
Title: Re: Dinner ideas for the Friday after Thanksgiving?
Post by: rose red on November 19, 2013, 11:26:58 AM
Turkey pot pie
Kabobs
Stir fry
Title: Re: Dinner ideas for the Friday after Thanksgiving?
Post by: Zizi-K on November 19, 2013, 11:28:00 AM
How about a big fresh salad? After days of gorging on Thanksgiving fare, I know my system is crying "uncle!" and my arteries are crying out for vegetables!
Title: Re: Dinner ideas for the Friday after Thanksgiving?
Post by: gingerzing on November 19, 2013, 11:50:35 AM
Whatever you choose, I would go with finding something that the main part works in a slow cooker/crockpot.

Some menu ideas:
-Chili with a side of cornbread and a nice green salad (because I agree about the veggie comment)
-Pulled pork sandwiches* serve with store bought potato salad or slaw.  Use leftover rolls and make sliders.  Or serve the pulled pork over mac and cheese.  YUM.
-Crockpot fajitas.  Slow cook pork, chicken, beef (heck, tofu if you want)  (http://www.zonya.com/pdf/recipes/Crock_Pot_Fajitas.pdf) 
-Ham actually can be done in a slow cooker if you didn't have it for Thanksgiving.  (My grandmother would have both a bird and a ham) You could serve with the leftover sides.


*http://www.porkbeinspired.com/RecipeDetail/1861/Lazy_Mans_Barbecue_Pork_Sandwiches.aspx (though I have never used the sauce because we have a favorite sauce we buy)
Title: Re: Dinner ideas for the Friday after Thanksgiving?
Post by: Amara on November 19, 2013, 12:07:45 PM
A taco/burrito/tostado/nachos buffet. You can use the leftover turkey in place of chicken if you like. Ingredients to offer:

Meat
Soy "meat"
Beans
Cheese (Añejo, Asadero, Chihuahua, Cotija, Queso Fresco, Queso de Oaxaca, Queso Panela, or plain Cheddar)
Lettuce
Onions
Tomatoes
Olives
Salsa (two or three to suit various heat preferences)
Sour cream or Greek yogurt
Guacamole or slices/chunks of avocado
Title: Re: Dinner ideas for the Friday after Thanksgiving?
Post by: Hmmmmm on November 19, 2013, 12:10:16 PM
We always like to do a mexican style soup.  Here's the basics.

If you have a turkey carcass, put it with some chicken stock in a crock pot with some onion, celery and bell pepper and cook on low over night. (or you can just use canned chicken stock).

Strain your stock and either return to the crock pot or put in a stock pot if you are cooking it on the stove.  You'll want about 6 to 8 cups (3 or 4 cans if using canned)

Add any of the following:
Diced carrots, onion, celery, bell peppers
Diced Zuchinni and or yellow squash
Green Beans
Corn or white hominy or both
Can of drained black beans
(Or you can use a mix of frozen vegetables that you like)

Can of tomatoes with green chiles
Can of fire roasted tomatoes
Chili Powder, ground cumin, salt and pepper to taste

Cook till veggies are done to your preference. Add left over turkey that's been chopped or shredded or you can go meatless.
Squeeze in a couple of limes after you take off the heat.

Serve with the following condiments.
Brown or White rice
Cilantro
Salsa Verde
Sour Cream
Monterrey Jack cheese or cheddar or queso blanco crumbled
Tortillia chips


Or we'll do the same thing with the turkey stock and instead make a turkey and andouille sausage gumbo.

Or my sister will use a ham bone and make red beans and rice.
Title: Re: Dinner ideas for the Friday after Thanksgiving?
Post by: doodlemor on November 19, 2013, 12:44:34 PM
You could get busy and make several kinds of soup this week, and freeze it up for that Friday.  If anyone still wanted a turkey sandwich they could have it with the soups, otherwise you could serve some plain rolls and maybe salad with it.

My favorite hearty soups are chicken noodle, beef vegetable, and Swedish yellow pea soup [artsoppa.]  I think that chili would work well, too.
Title: Re: Dinner ideas for the Friday after Thanksgiving?
Post by: Deetee on November 19, 2013, 01:29:10 PM
Personally, I looove the leftovers. They are my favorite part. So you may want to be aware that some of the other guests may be a little disapointed by non turkey food.


My mother is law does a very simple Boxing Day dinner that I look forward to every year.

Leftover turkey chopped and lightly browned in the frying pan. Add the leftover gravy and heat.
Mashed potatoes fried/browned in the frying pan
Everything else heated in the oven.

My mom does a large curried tukey soup and fresh bread and salad

My husband does turkey sandwiches.


Title: Re: Dinner ideas for the Friday after Thanksgiving?
Post by: jpcher on November 19, 2013, 04:51:33 PM
What about something that you can make in advance and freeze? Like a lasagna with a large salad and garlic bread.

I like doodlemor's idea of several different soups.
Title: Re: Dinner ideas for the Friday after Thanksgiving?
Post by: VorFemme on November 19, 2013, 05:53:31 PM
Turkey curry (any chicken or even shrimp recipe with turkey meat used instead - trust me - nobody will think it tastes like leftover turkey - DD just requested that I make it this year and it's been thirty years since the first time she ate it - at eight months old). 

Turkey tacos or enchiladas (if you can find the Turkey Machacha recipe in the folder here - it was in an after Thanksgiving section of the newspaper in Phoenix, Arizona and I've been making it LONGER than thirty years now - VorGuy requests it!).  Chili peppers, green onion, sea salt, canned chopped tomatoes, and I forget what else - slow cooker or low heat in a large pot on the stove top at low heat for hours - on a bun it's Sloppy Jose (lettuce & cheese optional), in a taco shell, on a tortilla (flour or corn), or, according to VorGuy, just on a SPOON!
Title: Re: Dinner ideas for the Friday after Thanksgiving?
Post by: Dazi on November 19, 2013, 06:17:39 PM
Two words:

Turkey tetrazzini

Add a nice green salad and maybe some garlic bread
Title: Re: Dinner ideas for the Friday after Thanksgiving?
Post by: Outdoor Girl on November 19, 2013, 06:41:28 PM
If you want non-turkey leftovers, I'd go with a lasagna with a green salad and fresh bread of some sort - rolls or crusty loaf or something.

If you want leftovers but done a different way, a turkey pot pie made with cut up turkey, gravy, any other veggies that would go well in there and either top with mashed potatoes a la shepherd's pie or with pastry.  You could buy premade pastry to save making that.  If you take mashed potatoes, add some more milk or cream, maybe a little cheese, some extra seasoning and then spoon out on a baking tray, heating until the middle is warm then broil to brown the tops.  They are really good!
Title: Re: Dinner ideas for the Friday after Thanksgiving?
Post by: sweetonsno on November 20, 2013, 01:26:58 AM
How about an Asian-style noodle bar? Pick a couple types of noodles, a couple types of broth, and some toppings. After the noodles are cooked, you can probably "hold" them in a warm water bath. Keep the broth hot in a crockpot or on the stove.

Noodles:
Shirataki
Udon
Rice noodle
Buckwheat soba

Broth:
Chicken
Beef
Veggie
(Whatever broth you pick, infuse it with Asian-y seasonings like ginger, star anise, onion, mushroom, etc… you can make pho broth if you want to)

Toppings:
Shredded omelet
Scallions
Peanuts
Soy sauce
Sriracha
Pickled ginger
Thai basil
Bean sprouts
Chilis
Cilantro
Mint

You could also have some very simply cooked veggies (carrots, celery, onion, mushroom, broccoli) and/or protein (chicken, beef, tofu) for people to stir in.

A big bowl of that would be nice, I think. It's filling enough to satisfy but lighter than the Thanksgiving fare.
Title: Re: Dinner ideas for the Friday after Thanksgiving?
Post by: hannahmollysmom on November 20, 2013, 01:48:08 AM
French Canadian leftovers here, known as Turkey Ragu:

Shred left over turkey, add gravy, or if not enough, make or buy some more, add left over veggies, heat, then serve over leftover mashed potatoes, with cranberry sauce side, and of course, any left over pork pie!

Italian Turkey Soup:

Boil up skeleton ( :o) strain, then add cut up turkey, can of white beans, frozen peas, chopped onions, risotto, and then just before serving, some grated parm cheese.
Title: Re: Dinner ideas for the Friday after Thanksgiving?
Post by: lowspark on November 20, 2013, 08:32:38 AM
What about something that you can make in advance and freeze? Like a lasagna with a large salad and garlic bread.

I like doodlemor's idea of several different soups.

This is what I was going to propose. Some kind of large casserole that can be made a few days before. Lasagne or enchilada casserole or chili.

OR... something very simple that you can make on the spot. Tacos (build your own) -- ground beef or fish or shrimp tacos are different enough from turkey to give you the needed break. Or build your own salads with lots of different greens and hard boiled eggs, avacado, shredded cheese, chopped ham or roast beef, etc.
Title: Re: Dinner ideas for the Friday after Thanksgiving?
Post by: workerbee on November 20, 2013, 08:33:02 AM
These are great ideas, thank you!! I love the brainstorming....

Right now I'm leaning toward doing something completely different, just because I know I'm going to be sick of turkey and all related flavors, But I'm filing the leftover recipes away for later....I wish that was something our family did, use the leftovers differently instead of just pulling the same old thing out of the fridge. Am I alone in that? Do people like just re-heating the same plate of food over and over again? I have no objection to turkey soup, sandwiches, potato pancakes, etc., but my mom seems to think everyone should be perfectly happy eating the same meal for the entire weekend. Different strokes, I guess.

Anyway, I love the soup idea, and if I can find the time this weekend I'm going to throw together a big pot of vegetable soup and/or chili. That will be perfect for lunches throughout the weekend, I think! (rounded out with a turkey sandwich, grilled cheese, or slice of pie) :)

For Friday dinner, I'm leaning toward spaghetti or lasagna, just for something totally different. And definitely a big green salad to go with. I wonder if I'll have time to make a lasagna this weekend......I love the butternut/spinach recipe, but with the crowd we're expecting, I think the traditional flavors may be preferable....
Title: Re: Dinner ideas for the Friday after Thanksgiving?
Post by: lowspark on November 20, 2013, 08:45:37 AM
....I wish that was something our family did, use the leftovers differently instead of just pulling the same old thing out of the fridge. Am I alone in that? Do people like just re-heating the same plate of food over and over again?

You are certainly not alone but I kinda love both. I love the leftovers exactly as is but I also love making something completely different out of them. I usually will eat the "as is" leftovers a couple of times after the actual meal, then make something with some of the leftovers and then freeze the rest. A couple of weeks later, it all seems new again and I love having a replica of the meal again.

I can understand people who don't want to have the exact same thing over and over again though. I usually lean toward that. But I think it's the once-a-year aspect of turkey & trimmings that makes me want to eat it a bunch of times since I know I won't see it again for a year.
Title: Re: Dinner ideas for the Friday after Thanksgiving?
Post by: Winterlight on November 20, 2013, 09:50:40 AM
I like my leftovers as is, but different strokes and all that.

You could always do something like poached salmon and a green vegetable or a salad if you want a really different option.
Title: Re: Dinner ideas for the Friday after Thanksgiving?
Post by: Sophia on November 20, 2013, 10:02:52 AM
Boxing Day, my parents invite people over for a casual brunch of homemade Belgium waffles.  He uses the Best recipe.  I've seen it other places.  If you see several recipes gathered together it is the one loaded with "all the stuff you shouldn't eat much of".   People sit around the dining table, and eat the waffles as they come off the oven.  When I am done eating, I make the rest and Dad sits down. 
Title: Re: Dinner ideas for the Friday after Thanksgiving?
Post by: hannahmollysmom on November 21, 2013, 03:09:42 AM
Honestly, my favorite part of Thanksgiving is the Turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce sandwich that I have late at night on Thanksgiving, after everyone is gone and the clean up is completed. After that, I could really care less about the turkey.

I do try to buy a turkey size that will not have much leftovers. So, I don't blame you at all for wanting to make something different for the day after.
Title: Re: Dinner ideas for the Friday after Thanksgiving?
Post by: Deetee on November 21, 2013, 10:41:30 PM
....I wish that was something our family did, use the leftovers differently instead of just pulling the same old thing out of the fridge. Am I alone in that? Do people like just re-heating the same plate of food over and over again?

[snip]

I can understand people who don't want to have the exact same thing over and over again though. I usually lean toward that. But I think it's the once-a-year aspect of turkey & trimmings that makes me want to eat it a bunch of times since I know I won't see it again for a year.

For me, the eating of the same meal a couple days in a row is a nice part of Christmas or T-giving. It's two fold. I really like the food and I enjoy it lunch and dinner for a couple days (and then maybe lunch or dinner for a couple more). Second, I really like the complete lack of thought or planning or mess that happens in the next couple days. It's a complete break from cooking/planning/dishes etc...
Title: Re: Dinner ideas for the Friday after Thanksgiving?
Post by: cheyne on November 22, 2013, 11:03:45 AM
I am cooking extra for TDay this year looking forward to using the leftovers for sandwiches etc...on the weekend.  Friday night is steak night at our house.  We are inviting a couple of friends that have to do the rounds of 3 houses on TDay!  They said that they would love the break from holiday foods for a good, juicy steak.

By having something different on Friday, I enjoy eating the holiday foods again on Saturday and Sunday.
Title: Re: Dinner ideas for the Friday after Thanksgiving?
Post by: blarg314 on November 24, 2013, 08:36:51 PM

For a change from leftovers I think I'd go with something light adn fresh that contrasts completely with the turkeyetc.

Say - Broiled shrimp kabobs with garlic lime sauce, cherry tomato salad with lemon miso dressing, a garden salad,  an orange and celery salad with toasted walnuts, a fresh baguette and some oil and vinegar to dip the bread in.

I like the leftovers, but I can appreciate the need for a change if you're eating the same thing day after day. I do like Boxing Day turkey sandwiches (white bread, lettuce, S&P and mayo) with a pile of potato chips (salt and vinegar), some pickles on the side, and a heap of leftover stuffing with gravy.

If we have excessive turkey left over, I drizzle it with a bit of broth to keep it from drying out, and toss it in the freezer, for use in soups later.
Title: Re: Dinner ideas for the Friday after Thanksgiving?
Post by: YummyMummy66 on November 25, 2013, 05:45:20 AM
I would just do light appetizers.   

I love leftovers after the big day.  I could eat them for another week.  But, they are heavy "leftovers".   So something added on the lighter side would be great. 

Chicken Ceaser salad, fruit tray, vegetable tray, a good soup of your choice.   Lunch, tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches.  Heck, can be done for dinner too.