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Nothing Trifle about Thanksgiving Leftovers !

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My Thanksgiving FOF contribution ūüôā¬†


We ladies spend endless hours planning, preparing and serving a lavish Thanksgiving Dinner, with all the trimmings. Then in less than an hour it is devoured, the naps have begun around the t.v. set and the noise of football commentators fill the air. All the while we ladies are clearing away the remnants of our toil, knowing that all were satisfied, including ourselves.

As we put the last glad-wear container, strategically stacked, in the refridgerator we begin to wonder about new and fabulous ways to serve the same meal at least once, in the coming week, if not more!

Of course there are the traditional left over recipes. Grandma’s Turkey Tetrizzini, Aunt Mary’s Turkey Noodle Soup and the must have Thanksgiving, nightly news, Turkey Sandwich, which usually renders the hubby incapcitated with indegestion and possible heartburn! So what new fangled way can these leftovers be used?

My favorite new Thanksgiving Leftover suggestions is the Thanksgiving Trifle. This is not for the¬†¬† ¬†“my food cannot touch on the plate” crowd…but for the rest of us, it is a quick and easy way to use the bulk of the left overs.

Most of us pull the meat off of the turkey carcus, either during the meal clean-up or immediately the next day. It saves room and the carcus can be used to make a very nice turkey stock to freeze for later use.  Just pop the carcus in a stock pot with a quartered large onion, 2 or 3 stalks of celery, leaves included, 3 chopped carrots, salt and peppercorns and cover with water and reduce to half. Cool and freeze.

The Thanksgiving Trifle can be assembled and cooked while that stock is brewing away on your stove top. Pull out your stuffing,¬† vegetable, potatoes, gravy and even your candied yams. You will use the same portions¬†that would make the proper serving sizes for your family’s meal, no measuring is required, ¬†you can just eye it.

Preheat your oven to 350¬į and let the layering begin. Spray the bottom of your baking dish with Pam‚ĄĘ or your favorite cooking spray and lay down a layer of stuffing for the crust. You can¬†allow your crust to come up the sides¬†of your baking dish if you like, it can create stability for serving,¬†but this is not necessary. Add¬†the shredded turkey to the gravy and reheat in your microwave while laying your base crust. Pour in the turkey and gravy, layer the veggies on top of that.¬†You can layer¬†your veggies either one on top of the other¬†or created a mixed vegetable layer, whichever you prefer.¬†If you are using both kinds of potatoes choose your top.We like the mashed pototoes on top.

Pop your trifle in the oven until your trifle is heated through and the top is browned. All of your ingredients will settle. The¬†vegetable¬†will join the gravy and turkey and create the filling of a pot pie, depending on how much gravy you have. If your gravy is just enough to coat the turkey, no worries! The cooking process will still meld all those flavors into a delicious shepard’s pie like meal.

 Let the trifle cool a bit and serve.

Other ingredients can be added, as you wish. We have added sauted onions and mushroom with a layer of cheddar cheese under the top.

I hope your Thanksgiving Celebration was fabulous. Filled with family, friends and memories to fill your hearts. A grand beginning to the 2009 Holiday Season!

 I hope this recipe makes your Black Friday cooking a breeze. I know all of you shopping ladies need a quick and easy dinner for after your early morning, all day shopping treks!

Blessings¬† ūüôā

Author: Hopeannfaith

Welcome, I'm Andrea ... HOPEannFAITH ... I write and take pictures as a way of expression. These are gifts given by a loving and indulgent Father, to a headstrong and stubborn daughter, with much to say. A semi-retired social worker/secretary, I now call myself a writer. I've published one internet article and written many blog posts. However, publishing does not make one a writer, anymore than taking a box camera to the park makes one a photographer. What makes one who and what they are? Well God for one ... formed me before the foundations of this world (Psalm 139); and many, many years after putting away my passion for wordsmithing and picture taking He gave it back ... in droves. I am a culmination of my choices and experiences. It is here that my experiences color the world in print and color. It is my goal to reach just one soul a day with love ... encouragement ... understanding or just letting that soul know that they are not alone where they are today. This is about creating ~ all of it. Creating a HOLY and SACRED place where the ugly truth can be healed and the beauty of a moment or a tear can brighten a day for the experience. Why HOPEannFAITH? Hopeannfaith is my inner child, and she is maturing, as she should have done all along. She is learning all about how Faith fulfills Hope. She is learning how to live. HOPEannFAITH ~ the wonder twins all wrapped up in one, me. These are my Journey Journals ~ written and visual. I welcome your company. I welcome your friendships. My Journey is in the light ~ although I have and will share the shadowy corners and the dark ~ so you know that you are never alone there. If we hold hands in the dark, and we walk, side by side, through the shadow, we will reach the Light together. In relationship with one another and with the Light. Blessings.

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