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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 11/26/2010

Best T-day leftovers: Bring 'em on

By Bonnie S. Benwick

One way to use up leftovers: Turkey, Caramelized Onion and Apple Pizza. (Natalie Root)

You've come up with creative ways to repurpose the roasted bird, vegetarian side dishes and extra pie crust dough. (We gave you this pizza and soup.) Here's how it can pay off: Tell us how you turn them into great next-day meals and we'll award you with three of 2010's top cookbooks, highlighted in the Food section Dec. 1.

The recipe can be blurb-y -- written in descriptive paragraph form -- or like a proper recipe. We'll choose a few and test them over the weekend, as we just happened to have many of those same ingredients. So please be as specific as possible about amounts, which means you may have to do a little more measuring than you're used to.

In any case, we'll build this collection each year based on your ideas. Speaking of: These don't have to be original recipes, but if they are someone else's, please give proper credit or let us know how you adapted the recipe.

Deadline for your submissions, which should be e-mailed to us at with your name, phone number and e-mail address, is noon Sunday. Make sure you include that contact info. We'll announce the winner Monday.

By Bonnie S. Benwick  | November 26, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
Categories:  Books, Holiday, Recipes  | Tags:  holiday, recipes  
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Southern sttyle grits n gravy
One cup stone ground white grits (we use Logan Turnpike Mill, available at Whole Foods)
One 14 oz can stewed tomatoes
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup grated white cheddar
Leftover white meat turkey
Leftover gravy

Stir grits into four cups cold water in medium sauce pan, skim off any particles that remain floating on surface. Add dash of salt and bring to boil over med-high heat, stirring, cover and reduce to simmer. Cook grits approximate 25 mins, stirring frequently. Remove from heat, stir in cheddar and let stand covered. Meanwhile put tomatoes and vinegar in saucepan and bring to boil, reduce heat and cook down. Reheat turkey and gravy separately. In large bowls, layer grits, half cup of tomatoes, turkey and drizzle gravy over top.

J Patton

Posted by: GeorgiaPeachy | November 27, 2010 4:57 AM | Report abuse

One has all the essential ingredients for a variation of Shepherd's Pie. Left-over meat. Sauce (gravy). Mashed potatoes. This one is simplicity itself.

Dice a medium onion, a stalk of celery, and a carrot (or whatever variation you like). Saute in vegetable oil (or, even better, rendered turkey fat) until soft. Toss in a cup each of diced turkey meat and peas. MIx with gravy thinned with a bit of stock (chicken or turkey). Pour into pyrex baking dish and top with mashed potatoes. Dust with paprika or cayenne and bake.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | November 29, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

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