Yes, I’m still alive Friday Night Casserole lovers. It’s been a busy month and I apologize for the lack of posts. Jay is now in the “Storage Auction” business, and I’ve been helping him in my free time. It’s actually a little fun, though there are boxes and piles of ‘treasures’ all over our house. Seriously. So we’ve been quite busy with sorting, researching and preparing things for sale. But we did take the day off yesterday for the Thanksgiving holiday.
This year all of my family members were with in-laws or out of town, and Jay’s family is in California, so we decided to prepare our own Thanksgiving Dinner. It’s the first time in 11 years we made our own turkey as we’ve always been at some relative’s or friend’s house. Our lovely niece Brittany joined us for dinner, but she’s a vegetarian, so we figured if we ruined the turkey it would be okay.
To be honest, I never really liked Thanksgiving dinner. I mean, stuffing?? Mushy bread with weird spices and chunks of soggy celery baked all day in the ass of the turkey? Am I on my own here? Candied yams, pumpkin pie….all mushy, sugary blecch. Is this because most pilgrims had no teeth? And c’mon, do we really need to celebrate those selfish, Indian-bashing bastards any longer?
Fine, I guess when I was younger I did enjoy getting together with the relatives on Thanksgiving Day and causing mischief with my sisters and cousins…..which usually involved dressing up our poor, unsuspecting cousins, Jerry and Robbie, in their Mom’s clothes and makeup.
Well, yesterday Jay and I cooked a turkey, mashed potatoes, the usual…even green bean casserole to my dismay. And stuffing, or dressing, whatever you prefer to call it. We used my Mom’s old recipe:
1 cup bread crumbs
1 yellow onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
2 teaspoons sage
1 cup white rice, uncooked
1 cup popcorn, unpopped
Mix together well. Stuff into turkey. Bake at 325° until the popcorn blows the ass off the turkey.
Ha! Gotcha. This is just a joke recipe Mary Ann sent me when I was away at college and it always makes me laugh. Jay and I actually cheated with Stove Top, and of course, I didn’t touch it.
We had plenty of leftover turkey and have been coming up with new ways to eat it. Today we decided on the usual turkey sandwiches. Jay put cheddar, mayo and Tapatio on his. I had to be fancy, of course, and started mine off with turkey and cheddar on top of homemade pesto, Italian dressing, onion and tomato. Then I broiled it and finished it off with avocado and lettuce. To me it was better than Thanksgiving dinner.
I’m looking for other ways to use the leftover turkey. I consulted the infamous “ABC of Casseroles” book for inspiration. Here’s what I found:
Okay, I’d rather eat green bean casserole stuffed in stuffing and topped off with candied yams than taste this dish. I don’t know why they always have to throw some knarly ingredient like “tongue” in these recipes. I think they’re just trying to show off so I’ll post their recipes on my blog.
So tell me what fancy dishes you’re all creating with your leftover turkey. I just might highlight them in my next post…especially if I think they’re disgusting and can make fun of them.
Happy Holiday Season Everyone!