BLACK FRIDAY BRUNCH
It’s the day after Thanksgiving, and your fridge is filled with leftovers! You can't think about cooking another thing for the rest of the week. This is my favorite time to be creative and come up with new ways to re-purpose the delicious meal from the night before (instead of just reheating the same old plate). And why not turn the dreaded Black Friday into a yummy brunch day with friends and family while having them help you clear out your fridge!
Everyone’s go-to the day after will most likely be a quick turkey sandwich or a one pot hash mix up, but there are so many other options out there to choose from! The word brunch and "benedict" go hand-in-hand so why not a Turkey Benedict? A traditional eggs benedict is your basic starting point and can be played up with whatever your leftover situation looks like.
- Let's start with the base: instead of using English muffins on the bottom, use any leftover parker house rolls or biscuits. If you’re feeling really adventurous with your Benedict, you can even use the stuffing as the base and just mold in to a patty and sear in a pan on the stove to give it a nice crust. You could even crumb coat leftover mashed potatoes to make a patty.
- Next comes the bacon. Substitute here with your turkey or ham (or short ribs in my case!), if that’s what you cooked…or both if you’re like my family and completely over do Thanksgiving! I like to warm them up in a sauce pan real quick.
- Get some eggs poaching: bring a pot of water to boil, and once it comes to a rolling boil, add a couple tablespoons of white vinegar - this will help the eggs stay together once in the water. Stir the water a bit and drop the egg in slowly, as close to the surface of the water as you can without poaching your fingers!
- The finishing touch: sauce. Hollandaise with the runny yolk is what makes this dish, but I’ve come across some recipes that use the gravy instead (equally delicious). Warm up some of the leftover gravy in the pot and pour away once the benedict is assembled!
- For the vegetarian option, omit the turkey and add any leftover vegetable side you might have (think creamed spinach or roasted brussels sprouts). The possibilities are endless with this dish, you can’t go wrong!
THE VEGETABLE SIDES
Another no-brainer when it comes to brunch is quiche. I love quiche because you can pretty much fill them with whatever ingredients you happen to have on hand…hopefully you over-shopped and have an extra pie crust in your freezer or some puff pastry lying around to make your life easier! If not, use my crab and callaloo quiche recipe as a starting point for your crust and quiche procedure (think roasted brussels sprouts and bacon quiche, green bean casserole, stuffing and turkey quiche etc…) so easy! Don’t have a ready made pie crust and don’t feel like dealing with homemade dough? Try this frittata recipe and replace the butternut squash with your chosen Thanksgiving leftover (even better if you do have leftover squash!).
MASHED POTATOES & STUFFING
Honestly, I can just eat the stuffing the next day right out of the fridge (and may even be too lazy to heat it up...) - it is so delicious and something I really only cook once a year…so why not!? But if you want quick bites to initially satisfy your hungry brunch guests these recipes for croquettes, samosas and steam buns are the most genius way to combine stuffing, mashed potatoes and your turkey leftovers…who knew!?
What to do with the massive amount of leftover cranberry sauce? Make some pancakes, waffles, or use my recipe for these breakfast clafoutis and substitute the cranberry sauce for the mixed berries, so delicious and compliments the season so well! For a more savory recipe, try this cranberry and brie puffed pastry bite. Also, how good would leftover cranberry sauce be, as is, on top of spiced potato samosas?!?
Enjoy the holiday everyone!