And this year, the folks at Mrs. Cubbison's have some new and interesting facts about Thanksgiving from their new "Thanksgiving Across America" survey. According to the people polled, 80% think Thanksgiving is the most non-religious holiday of the year. Turkey is still at the top of the menu list in most homes, followed closely by stuffing. Mashed potatoes, yams/sweet potatoes and pie round out the Top 5 Favorite Menu Items. An interesting note however, is that while the traditional favorites are still preferred, 1 out of 5 homes have to consider special dietary needs when planning their menu. (My family would be included in this list!)
When asked which Turkey Day recipes are passed down from generation to generation the most, stuffing topped that list with 80% of people saying onions and celery are the most important ingredients. And stuffing is exactly what Mrs. Cubbison's provided me with to create a Thanksgiving inspired recipe.
I was excited to try this Classic Dressing and wanted to use it in an unique way. Now I will be honest, I love stuffing; but I really love leftover stuffing! I can seriously eat the stuff straight from the fridge. So this got me thinking about leftovers and how many fridges across America will be overflowing with food come the day after Thanksgiving. So that is what inspired this sandwich. Taking a few of the things we love from our Turkey Day meal and turning them into an amazing sandwich to enjoy after the holiday, taking full advantage of all those leftovers before they can go to waste.
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Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich
2 c. cooked turkey, cubed or shredded
2 TBS butter
2 c. stuffing
1/4 c . plus 2 TBS whole berry cranberry sauce, extra liquid removed if necessary
4 ciabatta rolls
Preheat oven to 350. Slice rolls in half and set aside. In a large skillet melt butter over medium heat and add turkey. Saute for 5-7 minutes until heated through and edges are crispy. On bottom half of each roll, place 1/2 c. turkey and top with 1/2 c. stuffing. Carefully press down. (I find if the stuffing is pliable enough you can make a little stuffing patty for easy topping!) In a small bowl, mash the cranberry sauce a little with a fork, removing large pieces. On top half of each rolls, spread 2 TBS cranberry sauce. Add tops to bottoms and wrap each sandwich tightly with aluminum foil. Place all sandwiches on a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes just to heat through. Slice and serve.
*NOTE* This recipe works great with leftover chicken too. Or simply rub some boneless skinless chicken thighs and/or breasts with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast at 375 for 30 minutes and then shred. That way we can enjoy them year round!
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