Ballad of the Leftover Turkey by Al and Arthur Simpson

Al: So we all survived Thanksgiving intact, other than maybe a few extra pounds. If you’re like me and my father, you ate more than your fair share of turkey and potatoes and stuffing and cranberries and squash and…well, you get the picture. You ate a lot. Our problem is that our Thanksgiving dinner crowd consists of just the two of us. The turkey is way too big for just two people and we have to come up with new and exciting ways to eat the same food over and over again, day after day, for the next week. We divide the remaining meat between the two of us and see what we can come up with. Here are the results of this year’s bird.

As a chef, I try to be creative with leftovers. This year, I decided to create “Thanksgiving in a sandwich.” On fresh ciabatta bread, spread a layer of mashed butternut squash. Next is a layer of green beans, which have been stewed in a blend of tomatoes and spices. On top of that, place some stuffing (I made sausage, sage, and roasted-chestnut stuffing). Now comes the turkey (which I seasoned with thyme and citrus this year, just for kicks). To go for the full carb experience, spread mashed potatoes over the turkey. For a pop of color, top the potatoes with mache rosettes. Drizzle with gravy and whole cranberry relish for a sandwich that can’t be beat! (Not responsible for the resulting carb coma.)

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Chef Al’s “Thanksgiving in a sandwich.” Photo by our friend at

Arthur: I’m going to try something different this year, something for breakfast. Turkey Pop Tarts. The general idea is to slap some chopped turkey, mashed potatoes, and gravy between two pie crust rectangles and chuck them into the toaster. I don’t know if it’ll work or not. I’ll have to ask Al.

My next idea is also for breakfast. You know French toast bread? The stuff that’s twice as thick as regular bread? Slice into it, but not all the way through. Shove some turkey in there and then make French toast as usual. Turkey-stuffed French toast. If you’ve got kids, you can also coat the outside with their favorite breakfast cereal.

Finally, I’d like to try something for breakfast. Something like a Thanksgiving omelet. Although, I’m not that good at making omelets. They always get messed up. Maybe I’ll change this one to: scrambled eggs with turkey and stuffing mixed in. And tons of ketchup. I love tons of ketchup with my eggs.

Photo by Arthur Simpson.

Scrambled eggs, turkey, and stuffing in a mashed potato “bowl” with a generous side of ketchup. Food styling and photo by Arthur Simpson.

Hopefully something here might appeal to you and your family. Happy holidays!


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