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Turkey reruns

So, this year I ended up cooking a 20-pound turkey. This was not my intention, and how that came to be isn't really important. (Okay, never send an unsupervised son to exchange a smelly 13-pounder.) But let's just say that after feeding a relatively small crowd, I was keenly interested in leftover recipes.

I'd mentioned this breakfast possibility in a blog post a while back: Thanksgiving Eggs Benedict. It's just right for those who didn't OD on the big meal's major components. This application's from Thomas Dritsas, executive chef of Del Frisco's Steakhouse, a chain of which the closest location is in Philly. He estimates it would take 10 minutes to make. Microwave 3 to 4 ounces of leftover turkey breast till it's just warmed through, along with two 2-ounce scoops of leftover stuffing and 2 ounces of gravy. You can use an ice cream scoop to put the stuffing on split, toasted English muffins. Lay the slices of warmed turkey on top, then add your just-poached eggs on top of the turkey. Spoon on the gravy and cranberry sauce. You may then want to go back and nap....

And here's a list of recipes from our database for further consideration:

Bang Bang Turkey. It's light.

Baked Apple, Smoked Turkey and Cheddar Strata. Substitute roasted turkey for the smoked stuff; it'll be fine.

A whole-grain leftover turkey option. Keep reading to get the recipe. (Dayna Smith for The Washington Post)

Turkey Tortilla Soup. Satisfying on a chilly day.

Hot Browns. You can substitute your roasted turkey for the smoked stuff.

Thai Tacos. Again, just substitute cooked diced turkey.

Turkey Soup With Ginger, Lemon and Mint. Another light option.

Turkey, Green Bean and Mushroom Stir-Fry. You guessed it -- substitute shredded or diced cooked turkey and toss it in just until flavored and heated through.

Chicken and Pistachio Fried Rice. Do I sound like broken record by now? Substitute your cooked turkey. It'll be fine.

Other quick ideas we've tossed about: Make individual shepherd's pies with leftover mashed sweet potatoes or regular mash. Put leftover turkey and/or Balsamic Pearl Onions on the bottom, then the spuds, then top with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.... Man Crepes and Wild Rice Turkey Salad With Dried Cranberries, both from last week's Food sections.... This Fruitty-Nutty Wild Rice and Turkey Salad comes together in 20 minutes.

And that's it from here, for now. Can you add 10 new leftover suggestions, be they turkey-related or not?

-- Bonnie Benwick

By The Food Section  |  November 27, 2009; 7:00 AM ET
Categories:  Thanksgiving  | Tags: Bonnie Benwick, Thanksgiving, turkey leftovers  
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All these recipes and ideas sound great but one thing to keep in mind, the pounds you gain during the holidays usually never come off.

Posted by: rlatkany | November 30, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

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