Friday, November 27, 2009


Let's face it. The best thing about Thanksgiving dinner is leftovers. Everything tastes better the second day (or the second dinner on the same day). On Friday, I'm usually content to eat the entire meal again. Isn't this why microwaves were invented? Saturday, a turkey sandwich with cranberry sauce is sublime. By Sunday night though, the turkey is looking dried out and picked over, the stuffing is all gone, and the gravy looks like something you'd spread on tile to set it.

Time for my favorite recipe: Turkey Croquettes. When I was first introduced to them as a young married by my mother in law, my first reaction was EWWWW. Why would anyone eat little balls of turkey? But they soon become another reason to roast a turkey.

Especially when I eliminated the frying. Here you go. Give them a try.

Turkey Croquettes

3T flour

1/3 c butter

1 c milk

salt and pepper

2 c chopped turkey

1 T parsley

1/4 c of chopped onion

bread crumbs


Make a white sauce by whisking together the melted butter and flour over med heat and gradually adding the milk, stirring until thick. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add the turkey, parsley and onion.

Chill. Form balls of the croquette mixture and bread. Dip into egg, then bread again. You can chill again at this point.

Bake for 20 minutes at a 375 degree oven. Enjoy.

Croquettes usually signal the end of the turkey. Time for looking forward to the Christmas bird.

Hope you have a wonderful holiday season with plenty of leftovers.


Betty Hechtman said...

Having Thanksgiving at a restaurant has lots of good points like when you're rushing to finish a manuscript you don't have to worry about cooking. But there's the downside. No leftovers.

Camille Minichino said...

Our wonderful friend who hosted yesterday made up packages of leftovers for everyone. We ended up with a drumstick (my husband's favorite; he'd already eaten the other one) and all the leftover apple pie. Oh darn.

Next time I do the turkey here I'm up for the croquettes!

Linda O. Johnston said...

I've got leftovers, Terri, and your recipe sounds delicious. I'll have to try it!

Joanna Campbell Slan said...

Sisters, I was still cleaning the kitchen last night at 2 a.m.

Leftovers? Can we talk? I held open the ziplock bag and ate the cranberty squares instead of putting them aside. Just polished off another piece of pecan pie while reading Weight Watchers Magazine. Funny, they didn't include a recipe for said pie in this issue. Must have been an oversight.

Terri Thayer said...

I don't have any leftovers this year either. I may have to make a turkey soon.

Happy holidays, all!