By Steven Ziegler
I love Thanksgiving dinner. Every year, I still take my family to my mother's house, where we can count on a huge feast being laid out before us. My mother is an amazing cook. The turkey is always moist and flavorful and all the sides are simply delicious. But the best thing about Thanksgiving at my mom's house is that she has no idea how to plan portions, which means she over-compensates by cooking for an army. And since an army she is not feeding, that means that we are sent home with a Hefty-bag full of leftovers. Let me tell you, it's awesome.
All of these leftovers tend to lead to the same yearly dilemma: what do you do with all of those leftovers? You could go the standard route of cold turkey sandwiches, hot turkey sandwiches, turkey soup, or Thanksgiving dinner, Part II. But some years you just want to do something different, especially if you have several days worth of leftover turkey in the fridge.
So here is the idea this year: a shooter sandwich comprised of Thanksgiving leftovers. If you are not familiar with a shooter sandwich, the basic idea is hollowing out a bread bowl, filling it with meat (usually steak) and other sandwich ingredients, then wrapping it and compacting it under a good bit of weight. It gets the name "shooter sandwich" because it was originally made for English gentlemen out for a hunt, because the end result is a very filling and portable meal. So why not make one with Turkey day leftovers?
Our Corporate Chef, Matt Schuler, and our video team were kind enough to make a video to show how this shooter sandwich is made. Keep in mind though, how we did it is just a suggestion. The ingredients are up to you...and your stash of leftovers.
Thanksgiving Shooter Sandwich RecipeIngredients:
- A sturdy, crusty, round loaf of bread - sour dough or a crusty French bread works well
- A good portion of leftover turkey
- A bowl of leftover stuffing
- A heaping amount of leftover mashed potatoes
- A few cups of turkey gravy
- About a can's worth of cranberry sauce