Thursday, November 4, 2010

Flashback and Foodie Friday ~Turkey Leftovers

My husband Randy is Canadian..and wouldn't you know it, they have a different Thanksgiving than we do. Normally on Canadian Thanksgiving I make him his traditional meal and save the cornbread dressing and sweet potato casserole for the U.S. Thanksgiving. We were traveling in Louisiana this year for his, so he got his Turkey and white bread stuffing dinner a little late. Which is why I had turkey leftovers already. I think reworked leftovers make a great subject for Flashback Friday, so today I've got a recipe for a great salad I made with that turkey. The ingredients were a nice combination and somehow seemed pretty seasonal with the apples. I got the fennel in my organic veggie/fruit box and enjoyed its crunch and different taste. Celery would work well too.

Turkey, Fennel and Apple Salad
this was inspired by several different recipes

1 cup dried cherry/golden raisin mix (1 cup of either would work too)
1 1/2 cups apple cider
4-5 cups cooked turkey, chopped
1 cup chopped pecans lightly toasted
1 apple, cored and chopped
1 small bulb fennel, white parts sliced finely
1 small bunch of dill or 1-2 tsp dill concentrate (see below)
1 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp ginger (optional)
salt & pepper to taste

Bring apple cider and cherries to a boil. Boil for 3-5 minutes or until plumped and cider begins to reduce a bit. In the mean time combine remaining ingredients, then added cherries and raisins. To thin mayo dressing, add a little of the remaining cider a little at a time to achieve the desired consistency. Taste and adjust seasonings. Serve on a bed of lettuce or with crackers. This would be great with a tangy cheese added like blue or parmesan.

I was stopped at a light on my way home this week and snapped this shot. I didn't really capture them in the act, but the kids were picking up the leaves and throwing them and they just looked like they were having so much fun. I love the look of fall leaves on green grass.

This next pic was way out of focus, but still had some redeeming value. I think it looks like a water color.

Hope everyone has a great weekend! If you have a flashback you'd like to share, please add your link below!

I'm also joining in for Foodie Friday this week over at Designs by Gollum. Check it out HERE.


Katerina said...

I like the combo of apples and turkey in the salad. The sweet and sour flavor is my favorite.

Foley said...

Now that looks like a hearty salad!! Would love to have that today for lunch!

Nice to see kids playing in the leaves - something we all did when we were young but todays kids sometimes don't realize how fun it can be!! Especially when you can bury someone! Bailey love it and tries catching them.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

When I saw the title of your post I wondered about turkey leftovers already but I forgot Randy was from Canada!

This sounds like a wonderful salad! Love the fall photos too.

Dishesdone said...

I love fennel, and it sounds so good with turkey and apples! Happy Canadian Thanksgiving to Randy! I'm looking forward to ours as well!

I love the blurry pic :)

Kathleen said...

I was wondering about the leftovers too.
I'll eat the salad if you leave out the fennel. It looks delicious!

Marsha said...

It's a good thing you like turkey to have two Thanksgiving meals. I think I would like the same version of the salad as Kathleen - most of the ingredients sound great but the fennel is also not my favorite.

Have a great week!

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