I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! We had a great time at my cousin’s home – eating our fill, swimming in the pool, and then coming back to the table for dessert! I really loved getting some activity in, so that it didn’t feel like we just gorged ourselves all day. Also, I haven’t gone swimming as part of Thanksgiving in a very long time 🙂 The food highlights for me were the stuffing and my mom’s sweet potatoes. She makes them with sweet potatoes, yams, and purple Okinawan sweet potatoes, layered with apples and a sweet orange maple sauce. They were delicious! Some of the family highlights were seeing my aunts, uncles, and cousins! This is my dad (on the left) and his older brother…can you believe they are 81 and 89 years old?? They are some of the most youthful and energetic 80 year olds I know! I’ll have to do a post on my dad another day, he’s a really special man and I love him so much!
I love my little family too 🙂
We had a mini-thanksgiving last week, and this is what I made with the leftovers. If you’ve got some leftover turkey and mashed potatoes, this is a great and healthy way to give them new life! I love croquettes…normally they are fried, but this recipe is made healthier by baking with a breadcrumb and panko crust. The outside is crispy, and the inside is tender with the mashed potatoes and pieces of turkey…so comforting!
Start by sautéing some onions and garlic in a little olive oil until softened. I also added in some cannellini beans for extra protein, since I had some on hand. This is one of those recipes where you can adapt it to whatever you have in the fridge, so feel free to change it up!
Then transfer to a bowl and mix in your mashed potatoes. I added mashed potatoes until all the liquid was absorbed. Taste for seasoning. Form into small croquettes, dip them in an egg wash, and then roll in breadcrumbs and panko. Place on a parchment paper lined sheet pan. Spray with olive oil (I use my misto), so they will get nice and brown.
adapted from Skinnytaste
12 ounces of turkey (dark and white meat), chopped finely
1 tsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium onion, diced
1/2 cup white beans, mashed
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
1 tsp fresh sage, chopped
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1.5 cups mashed potatoes (or enough to absorb all the liquid)
1 egg, whisked with 1 T of water
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 cup panko
Preheat oven to 450 F.
Saute onions, garlic, and beans until softened. Add in herbs (I used thyme and sage, feel free to substitute with what you have on hand). Add in salt and pepper. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Then add in turkey pieces and chicken broth. Turn off heat and transfer the mixture to a bowl. Add in mashed potatoes until the liquid is absorbed and the mixture comes together. Taste for seasoning. Then form into croquettes. Dip in egg wash, followed by mixture of breadcrumbs and panko. Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Spray with olive oil spray (I used my misto). Bake for 15 minutes or until golden and crispy on the outside. Enjoy!
What were the highlights of your Thanksgiving day – food, family, or otherwise?
What kind of leftovers do you have?
Are you doing any Black Friday shopping? I don’t really relish braving the crowds, it’s just not my thing. I can barely get myself to go shopping on a normal day, let alone on Black Friday! I actually do most of my shopping online these days. I’d love to hear about the kind of deals you’ve gotten!