Christmas countdown and more tday leftovers

Boy is my face red!  I missed another day, with Christmas tree buying and running here and there, I missed a countdown day!  It’s now only 25, that’s 2-5 days until Christmas!  We’ve got a tree we cut down at the Spring Valley Tree Farm, which is just a few miles from the house.  We’ve gotten our tree there every year but last year, but always got precut trees, as they were the tallest.  The farm is now producing 10+ footers, so we got one about 10′ tall.  Hopefully, they’ll get up to about 12′ or more next year.

Today will see lots of Christmas decorations going up, followed by the tree being trimmed after the giant kitten gets used to it being up with nothing on it! :)

I still have leftover turkey, so I had to make one of my favorite turkey-leftover dishes. I don’t know if this is strictly a Midwestern thing, but I love a good turkey hotshot!

What’s a turkey hotshot, you may ask? It’s simply a turkey sandwich that’s served open faced (bread on the bottom, piled with turkey goodness) with mashed potatoes, and turkey gravy over the whole thing. I’ve never seen a hotshot that didn’t include mashed potatoes, so I have to think that it’s only an open faced sandwich otherwise.

Turkey Hotshot 2

With the great turkey that came off the smoker this year, an additional thing that made this a fantastic sandwich was the turkey gravy. I admit it… I cheated! I used Williams-Sonoma turkey gravy base. This stuff is great! I saw some reviews that said it was too salty, but I didn’t get that at all. It’s the best turkey gravy I remember having (sorry Mom), and the easiest to make. All it takes is a jar of gravy base with the same amount of milk, and the drippings from the turkey. I used some cream, as the only milk I had was skim, and the drippings went in after the turkey came off the smoker, so there was a slight bit of smokiness to it. But the consistency and flavor were both great!

Turkey Hotshot 1

All in all, this has been a great Thanksgiving for leftovers. I have one more thing to try, maybe tomorrow, with smoked turkey and black grape salad. Until then, I’d like to hear what others do with their leftovers after the big turkey day.

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About Curt McAdams

I guess I'm a bit of a foodie, learning to cook from my mom, then getting obsessed with outdoor cooking, competition barbecue, bread baking and just about all things food. Lately, I've been trying to upgrade my photography skills a bit, though I still have a long way to go.
2 comments
Curt
Curt

Melissa, there are lots of Germans around here, too, so we get all kinds of that sort of thing. The chicken with gravy, noodles and carrots sounds great, especially over mashed potatoes. I don't have chicken and noodles without the mashed!

Melissa from Pittsburgh
Melissa from Pittsburgh

I want to go out an cook a breast just so I can have one of these. I didn't get leftovers. We were out-of-town guests, well, I guess we did have a turkey sandwich made by our lovely hosts for the trip home. It was a lovely sandwich, but it was cold. Have I told you that turkey is my all time favorite food. I'm mostly german (so I love BEER oh and cabbage) with some irish in there so I love POTATOES of all sorts - esp. mashed. Oh, one of my mom's famous recipe which doesn't have a name... chicken cut up into pieces, in a thick gravy with noodles (wide egg noodles) with carrots served over mashed potatoes. My family DIES for it. There is no recipe. Just chicken gravy, huge amounts.

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