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Friday, November 25, 2005

Because We Care Or How To Put MIL in Her Place

Leftovers? Go ahead, make these breakfasts with Thanksgiving leftovers, pile them high on hubby and father in law's plate and watch mother in law play catch-up for years.

And now, for your dining pleasure...

Turkey And Mashed Potato Frittata

(2 servings)

  • 3 eggs
  • 6 Tablespoons mashed potatoes
  • 1 cup diced cooked turkey meat
  • 2/3 cup cooked vegetables (if you happen to have some) -- chopped
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite cheese -- grated
Heat a small amount of olive oil in a large skillet slightly above medium heat.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg and potatoes. Pour this evenly into the skillet.

When the eggs are nearly half set, toss the turkey (and veggies if you got 'em) on top evenly. Cover and simmer until the egg is fully set.

Sprinkle cheese on top and then cook one more minute until the cheese melts. Remove from heat and let it set for about one minute, so when you cut it the cheese sticks to the egg more. Cut in wedges to serve.

Turkey Hash With Egg

(8 servings)

  • 2 cups cooked turkey - cubed
  • 1 and 1/2 cups cook potatos - cubed
  • 1/4 cup onion - chopped
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper - chopped
  • 1/4 cup mushrooms - sliced
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh parsley - chopped
  • 6 Tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 eggs - lightly beaten
  • 1 clove garlic - minced
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • pepper to taste
In a large bowl, toss together the turkey, potatoes, onion, bell pepper, mushrooms and parsley.

In a seperate bowl, stir together the cream, already-beaten eggs, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, curry powder, paprika and salt (pepper too, if desired).

Stir the wet ingredients into the turkey bowl. (My mom will tell you to let this stand for 20 minutes, but I cheat and it still comes out fine.)

Prepare a large oven-safe skillet on medium heat with cooking spray or vegitable oil. You may wish to also preheat your oven to 375 degrees, but read a couple lines down first.

Cook the hash in the skillet for for about five minutes or until the bottom is set.

Now here you have a choice: You can stir the ingedients in the skillet and continue to cook on the stovetop for about five more minutes. If you do that, the hash will be more loose when you serve it. Or option 2) put the skillet on an upper shelf in the oven and cook for 5 to 10 more minutes (until the top is golden brown). If you do that, the hash has more of a casserole consistency.

Turkey Apple Scramble

(1 serving)

  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 Tablespoon red onion diced
  • 1 Granny Smith apple cored -- peeled & cut into thin wedges
  • 4 Ounces cooked turkey breast diced
  • 1/8 Teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 eggs -- whipped
  • 1 Tablespoon toasted walnuts -- coarsely chopped
  • fresh thyme springs
Heat 1 tablespoon clarified butter over medium high heat. Sauté onion and apple until soft.

Add turkey, toss to heat. Add pinch of thyme, salt and pepper. Hold warm for service.

Whip eggs as for scrambled eggs.

In a separate skillet, heat remaining butter over medium high heat. Add whipped eggs, stirring until evenly cooked. Remove from heat.

Transfer eggs onto serving plate, forming a ring. Place turkey/apple mixture in center. Top with walnuts and thyme.

This is good stuff- and something your mother in law has never done, never will do and is incapable of doing.

Checkout Meanwhile, Back In The Kitchen. Julie (also author of Happy Catholic) quotes Nigella Lawson, on vegans and vegetarians at the Thanksgiving table:
This is not because I have anything against vegetarianism or, indeed, vegetarians. I feel about it and them rather as I do about exercise: it's all fine so long as it's someone else doing it.
Bouquets to Julie for finding a Nigella quote we can all relate to. That idiot card carrying PETA member relative is sure to show up for a free meal again at Christmas.