I love everything about Thanksgiving. I love the planning. I love having my son home. I love setting my table. I love making turkey stock.
I love cranberries, especially my homemade cranberry compote. I love stuffing. I love mashed potatoes. I love pie. I love that it is a holiday without gifts. I love the smell in my house. I love homemade anything.
And, I love leftovers.
Ask anyone who spends days preparing a meal and they will likely tell you the cook barely tastes anything that day. Friday, even before anyone else rises I have already had a piece of dark meat, a scoop of cold dressing and a slice of chocolate pie. I have been known to hide a piece on Thanksgiving for my coffee time in the morning. Yum!
On Friday, give my turkey sandwich a try:
Easy Family Size Turkey Sandwich
One loaf flat Ciabatta Bread or Unsliced Italian Bread
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Garlic Clove
Leftover Cranberry Compote*
Slice bread in half and put cut side up under broiler until lightly toasted
Brush Extra Virgin Olive Oil and rub garlic over bread.
Spread a layer of cranberry compote then turkey onto bread. Press down. Slice the bread into two-to-three-inch pieces. Variation: layer slices of fresh mozzarella cheese on top
1 bag fresh Cranberries (rinsed, removing any damaged berries)
1 Cup Orange Juice
1 Navel Orange (Zest 1-2 tablespoons of peel; cut peel and outer membrane revealing orange pulp; with sharp knife, remove wedges between membrane)
1 Cup Yellow Raisins
1 Cup Granulated Sugar
In a heavy medium saucepan add all ingredients. Take the remaining orange membrane and squeeze it into pan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium low and let simmer until thick, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat, cool and refrigerate until serving.
Today and every day I am thankful for my husband, son and family who love me, a home to share with those I love and the freedom to do as I please.
I am also thankful for Tim and Dawn Schmitt who have given me the opportunity to chat with you each Thursday.
(Editor’s note: And we’re thankful for the chance to read about The Foodie’s experiences!)