Boy and I spent a lovely Thanksgiving with my brother and his new wife in their home, along with her wonderful family and my family. We had a great big turducken which my brother roasted for something like 12 or 16 hours.
If you are not familiar with it, a turducken is a de-boned chicken stuffed in a duck, stuffed in a turkey. It’s a type of ballotine (thank you, Top Chef, for that vocab lesson). Over the last 5 years, my brother has made something like 7 turduckens (and almost always unrelated to Thanksgiving). The first time he made one, he and his friends ordered it on dry ice all the way from New Orleans. Now he gets (local) fantastic turduckens from the Los Gatos Meats & Smokehouse. I have to say, these turduckens probably make the best Thanksgiving feast I’ve ever had. Needless to say, this year didn’t disappoint.
In addition to the turducken, my brother’s wife (Sodium Girl) made and inspired some delectable low sodium dishes. She made a great low sodium stuffing and some delicious butternut squash and pears. We also had an amazing pomegranate and fuyu persimmon salad, orange carrot soup, cornbread, mashed potatoes, rice pudding, cranberry apple pie, and pumpkin mouse pie. Boy and I also made low sodium broccoli and pork potstickers which were pretty dynamite, if I do say so myself.
Now after all this, we had quite a few leftovers. Boy and I were the lucky recipients of quite a bit of turducken, stuffing, potatoes, and more. So of course, we had to make a Toas-Tite!
Tasty Turducken Toas-Tite
- A bit of mashed potato
- A bit of stuffing
- A bit of butternut squash
- Some chicken
- Some turkey
- A little bit of duck
- 2 slices of bread
- Get your leftovers together and make sure your turkey, chicken, and duck are in bit sized bits.
- Butter one side of each piece of bread.
- Place the buttered side into the Toas-Tite, butter side toward the iron clamshell.
- Now place your leftovers into the center of the Toas-Tite, carefully close the grill and trim the extra bread.
- Toast it up!
- Carefully remove the Toas-Tite sandwich from the grill, let it cool down a bit, serve and enjoy.
Notes from the Kitchen
Now I like turducken. A lot. But turducken Toas-Tite….holy delicious. I was a little apprehensive that the extra heat would dry out the poultry but to our very pleasant surprise, the Toas-Tite really revived the leftovers unlike a microwave could. The only thing that could have made this Toas-Tite any better might have been a bit of cranberry sauce on the side. It was doggone good.
So what are you thankful for? I for one am thankful for Toas-Tites, turduckens, my entire family (and all my new family members), and my wonderful Boy.
Happy (belated) Thanksgiving!