Friday, November 23, 2012

The Morning After -- Stuffing Cakes

What a wonderful Thanksgiving Day we had yesterday.  It started with Henry and Peter watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, so excited to see the big balloons and a really great Santa at the end.  It was a gorgeous day, not a cloud in the sky, and Russ and I really enjoyed the beautiful and scenic ride to Fort Edward for dinner with my ex-husband Gene, his wife Kathryn, and our assorted kids and in-laws, including newlyweds Tricia and Jeff and his parents, Norman and Carol.  (This year, I am especially grateful to have Meghan back in our midst - she's been so missed for the last three years.)  Gene and Kathryn have hosted Thanksgiving the last few years, and we always look forward to it.  They make it seem easy, but I know it's a lot of work to host 17 people!

In addition to the amazing turkey and side-dishes (Katie made her mashed potato casserole!), Kathryn made her delicious pumpkin cake, which I've now come to expect (!).  There were pies, cookies (gluten-free chocolate chip, my son Jeff's contribution), Carol's decadent Snickers brownies, and as much good cheer as there was food.  Couldn't have asked for a better Thanksgiving.


early in the day...

A hostess gift of assorted scones, the dining room, the newlyweds,
beautiful setting, and my little buddies.  A lovely Thanksgiving.
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And now, on the morning after, like many people I'm caught between the Thanksgiving food hangover and inspiration as to "what to do?" with all those left-overs.  My leftovers are actually intentional - eventhough I didn't have to host and we were guests yesterday, I bought a turkey to cook after Thanksgiving to extend those flavors well into the weekend.  I brought home a bowl-full of stuffing from our dinner.  This morning I was thinking that it would be a really good idea to shape some of that stuffing into patties to fry up like crab cakes.  How versatile could this be?  It could be served for breakfast along side an egg, or take its place next to a big dinner salad with shredded left-over turkey, maybe with a cranberry vinaigrette.  Mmmmm.  So, I took a cup of stuffing, shaped it into two patties, fried it up in a little canola oil, and served it with an egg alongside.  I like mine over easy.  My eggs always have a little bit of ketchup on the side, but cranberry sauce could kick the ketchup to the curb for this one!  I brought a test-plate down to my son-in-law Bill and he really liked it.  I had my own, with my egg over-easy, and it was DELISH!  If you have left-over stuffing and are wondering what to do with it, try making stuffing cakes.  Make sure you get them nice and hot, especially if your stuffing was cooked in the bird.  

Try these.  You'll be very happy you did!

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27 comments:

  1. So glad you had a wonderful day with all the family. We had a super time at Sarah and Bob's with Bob's family, Grammie, Unc. David, Rod, Em, Greg and Roddy's little ones and Hannah and Katie. Missed not having Greg's boys but next year they will be with us. So thankful for all my blessings. Must try your idea with some of my dressing too! Happy Holidays, bring 'em on! Lynnie

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    1. Lynn, it sounds like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving as well. It's my favorite holiday because of its simplicity. It's just about getting together and enjoying a meal. Nothing better than that! I look forward to spending time with you over the next few weeks! Happy Holidays!!!

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    1. Put this comment in the wrong place. Now it's up there as a reply to Lynn's comment. Oops!

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  3. Awesome idea Jeanne . I am going to try it ! Sounds like you had a great thanksgiving with family and great food . That's what it's all about! Thanks for sharing yet another heartwarming blog !! Sharron

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    1. Sharron, I hope you had a very nice Thanksgiving with your family, too. And you're right, that IS what it's all about. Try this recipe - couldn't be easier, and it is so good!

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  4. Stuffing patties..never would have thought of this in a million years.I think the cranberry would be best. Well Sat. morning breakfast has been decided!.Happy Thanksgiving,it sounds like you had a wonderful day! Ours was quiet,just my mother-in-law and Johns sister and her daughter for dinner. Brigitte had surgery on Tues. (she is fine) so later on we took some goodies over to her and Christopher.
    CKJ

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    1. Cindy, please wish Brigitte a speedy recovery. Sounds like your Thanksgiving was lovely. Quiet can be good! And you must have a ton of leftovers! Hope you enjoy the stuffing patties. They are so simple to make and really delicious. Happy holidays to you and your family!

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  5. Jeanne, everything looks amazing. Please tell Henry and Pete that Mrs. Santa Claus is my former sister-in-law! Macy's flies her in no matter where she is. She loves this gig.

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    1. Catherine, that is so cool! What a fun job!

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  6. Jeannie, it sounds like your Thanksgiving was family filled and wonderful! All of the great with none of the garbage that bogs the Christmas season down. Ours was the same...an amazing dinner at Tina's with her family, Nick's parents and then Bobby, Bri and the girls stopping by for dessert. Teresa and Nick were with his family in Buffalo, so they were missed but I know that they were surrounded in love there as well. LOVE the idea of the stuffing cakes and as I read your thoughts about the catsup and the cranberry I was wondering...why not mix a bit of both together? Cranberry added to mayonaise is amazing, maybe the same can be said for cranberry and catsup. Might be worth a shot! Belated Happy Thanksgiving and know that on this day and every day, I am thankful to have you as my friend!

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    1. Diane, thanks so much. I am thankful for you, too, and wish you and your family a truly wonderful Christmas season. With your four beautiful grandchildren, how could it be anything less? :)
      xoxox (and I like the ketchup/cranberry suggestion!)

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  7. Never would have thought of this. THANK YOU! Made these for breakfast this morning. So simple yet so very good. Happy holidays!

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    1. Teresa, so glad you liked the recipe. Aren't they delicious? I love recipes like this. I imagine the Loviza family has started the annual Christmas cookie marathon, or are about to. Can't wait to see what's on those platters this year! xox - Aunt Jeannie

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  8. Jeannie - NEVER thought of using stuffing like this - what a great new idea! If only I would have read this before we ate our leftovers....now I am going to have to make a batch of stuffing - which would be a great breakfast side since I use apple cider instead of stock, and add apples and walnuts! Yum!

    Sounds like you had a wonderful, fun, and family filled Thanksgiving - and what a beautiful fall day it was. Enjoy the holiday season - which I imagine will be full of baking! :-)

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    1. I love the idea of apple cider instead of stock - that's why I add apples, to get that flavor. I'll have to try it!

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  9. Jeannie - great idea for stuffing leftovers. I am going to try this!
    Happy Holidays! I get inspired to take it up a notch in my kitchen when I read your blog! Always enjoy them, Janine

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  10. Hi Jeanne
    Just thought I would let you know I tried it . It was an amazing combination full of flavor. I made it like a birds nest with the egg in the middle awesome ! thanks for sharing !!

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    1. that note above was from me Jeanne ! sharron Eddy Cataldo

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  11. Wish I had some leftover stuffing to try these. Maybe we will after Christmas. They sound yummy.

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  12. Jeanne
    thought you might like this Idea.I made what I called Thanksgiving soup. I put the mashed potatoes in a pan with the gravy stirring until mixed. saute' chopped celery and onion add sherry until reduced add turkey broth add this mixture to the other mixture. Add any vegetables and turkey pieces.I rolled the stuffing into little meatballs add to mixture. heat and when I put it in bowls to serve I added a dollop of cranberry sauce into the center . Yummy . sharron Eddy Cataldo

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  13. Oooohhhh this sounds delish!! I am definitely going to have to give this one a go! Happy Thanksgiving Aunt Jeanne!

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  14. Got to try this, as we still have a ton of stuffing left over.

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