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Saturday, July 26, 2014
Stepping Out
Tasty ways to reinvent Thanksgiving leftovers
Transforming what's left of the holiday meal
By Karen Bloom

We have been stirring and simmering and roasting our way to that most memorable of Thanksgiving meals. In fact, most everyone loves this time of year so much that we tend to throw every ounce of TLC we have into our favorite holiday recipes.
Not the least of which is our beloved star player, the turkey! We build our menu around it and anxiously hope for “oohs” and “ahhs” when the platter hits the table. But secretly, way down deep, we’re also looking forward to days and days of leftovers!
So after you polish off some of that holiday shopping this weekend, try some creative new approaches to those leftovers and keep Thanksgiving going just a bit longer.
Many of us grew up enjoying even the plain turkey sandwiches mom would packed into our lunchbox. But as we’ve grown, we’ve come to realize that there’s so much more to be done with your leftover bird! Home cook Brandi Kirkpatrick, for example, turns the notion of dry turkey sandwiches on end with her recipe for a juicy and delicious Hot Turkey version. “This was one of my first ever recipes,” recalls Kirkpatrick. “My college roommates loved it and it’s a great way to use up leftover turkey.” The magic of Kirkpatrick’s recipe really lies in her use of gravy as a sandwich topper. Cooked turkey and seasonal veggies laced with fresh thyme and topped with steaming gravy – it’s like placing the essence of Thanksgiving piled onto a hot buttered roll!

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