Half the fun of Thanksgiving dinner is thinking about the leftovers. There’s hardly another meal on the planet that reheats and tastes just as good in the days after as this original, American feast. But this year, I wanted to think beyond turkey sandwiches, turkey salad and turkey soup. And I had an idea…the Pilgrim Pocket.
This weekend I hosted a “Friendsgiving” to celebrate the bountiful blessings and the company of my family and of a couple others. We watched football, snacked while enticing smells filled the house, then sat down and piled our plates high with turkey and all the traditional trimmings. The Cabernet and the gravy flowed. It was a warm, fun evening.
I took a quick assessment after the table was cleared and the guests had left. About four portions of the 13 lb turkey, one helping of stuffing, LOTS of mashed potatoes and gravy, half a casserole dish of green beans, a few cups each of corn and fresh cranberry sauce and a couple items in the fridge (a pie crust, and crescent rolls) that I never used.
Since we only get to eat this combination of delectable dishes once a year, I didn’t think it was wise to completely change the flavor profile…best to just repackage it into something a little more exciting than luke warm leftovers. Enter the Pilgrim Pocket, a thanksgiving calzone of sorts.
I pulled out the remaining pie crust I had in the fridge (from the two pack I bought for the pumpkin pie I made) and unrolled it, then sliced in half. I took a cup full of turkey (chopped) a cup full of green bean casserole and the rest of the stuffing and mixed it all together. I added some gravy to keep it moist on day two. I put the Thanksgiving mixture on one half of each of the semi-circles then folded the other half over, and pinched the sides to seal it in.
I brushed the outside with egg wash and cut a couple of slits in the top to vent. Then I popped my Pilgrim Pockets in the oven at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes. The result was a Thanksgiving redux that would have made the pilgrims proud!
Stay tuned…I have plans for that cranberry sauce. What have you done with leftovers from Thanksgiving?