Last Sunday I showed you how to cook a Thanksgiving meal for two with a little bit leftover to enjoy another day. Today I sharing a fun way to utilize Thanksgiving leftovers, inspired by my grandmother and her ability to make soup out of anything.
When I first decided to make a noodle soup with leftover turkey, I realized that gravy is literally reduced stock (assuming you cook down the turkey juices to make gravy) and therefore could be reconstituted in this soup. Take a moment to bask in my glorious realization. Of course you could use premade stock or a store-bought stock concentrate but if you have gravy you may as well use it! After how delicious my gravy turned out, I couldn’t see how it could possibly be a bad idea.
One year ago: Gluten-Free Ooey Gooey Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake
Two years ago: Pecan Chocolate Chip Gooey Butter Cake
Happy Thanksgiving! Or as I like to call it, Fat Kid Day! It also just so happens to be National French Toast Day so before you dig into that turkey, how about some breakfast? I was a bit sad to discover that I only have 5 recipes total for french toast. Disgraceful after 3 years of blogging. I’ll have to work on that, but in the meantime check out these yummy options to start the day:
In case you live under a rock, it’s the day before Thanksgiving! I hope you have your menus planned and prepped or know what you are bringing to help supplement someone else’s feast. If you happen to still be hunting for the carbs, I highly suggest my Greek yogurt-rosemary dinner rolls or this bread. Because what’s more festive than cranberry bread?
Oh but there’s more than just cranberries in this gorgeous loaf. How about some crunchy walnuts, hearty oats, and the usual fall suspect of cinnamon? I knew that would catch your attention. Not only is this bread visually appealing, it will also satisfy your nose with its wonderful aromas. With a swipe of honey butter on top you may not even need dessert – but who am I kidding? Bring on the dessert to seal off this food celebration fit for a fat kid.
One year ago: Red Velvet Rice Krispie Treats
One of my favorite bands, Paramore, is playing in Nashville tonight. Originally when I had planned on going out of town for Thanksgiving, I was going to stop and see that show on my way out. Unfortunately that is no longer my plan as I decided to stay put and save money. I did see them with No Doubt a couple years back and with Jimmy Eat World before that so it’s not too heart breaking – except that they are the headliners this time. You better believe I will be cooking dinner tonight while dancing around to their music, pretending I’m there. Not that that’s different from a normal day in my kitchen…
In other news, today is National Cake Day! With Thanksgiving nearly upon us I am throwing as much pumpkin at you as I possibly can, including these mini cakes. These individual cakes are made by cutting rounds from a thin sheet cake. The rounds are layered and frosted with a caramel cream cheese frosting and then topping with caramel sauce and candied pecans, resulting in eyegasms. Who wouldn’t want their own personal mini cake?
You can use the leftover cake scraps to make cake balls or if you’d prefer to avoid scraps, make these into cupcakes instead.
One year ago: Arugula Pesto Pasta
Normally for Single Serving Sunday I try to share recipes that only make one serving, but with the upcoming Thanksgiving feast I decided to do something special – a Thanksgiving meal that serves two. Many recipes for Thanksgiving produce a magnitude of servings, but what about the people out there only cooking for two, or four? This menu I have prepared easily serves 2 with leftovers. Because who doesn’t want leftovers from Thanksgiving? That being said, the turkey could serve four but if you have hearty eaters you may want to double the sides.
This dinner consists of a slow cooker turkey tenderloin with gravy, Greek yogurt-rosemary rolls, bagel-bacon stuffing, roasted brussels, twice baked sweet potatoes, cranberry-pomegranate sauce, and pumpkin crème brulee for dessert. Take a moment to be jealous.
My turkey tenderloin came out so juicy and flavorful that it will be hard to convince me to cook a whole turkey in the future. It literally fell apart when I lifted it out of the pot. By using a slow cooker I was also able to do whatever the heck I wanted in the oven, which is a huge perk for those of us with only one oven (one day I hope to be spoiled with a double oven). Even the gravy was amazing after cooking in all those delicious juices.
As you are aware, I have a habit of adding Greek yogurt to anything I possibly can so it shouldn’t be a surprise that it shows up here in dinner rolls. The rosemary really sold me on these rolls. If you don’t like rosemary, please substitute for another herb because they will rock your world with their subtle herby-ness. You can also prep these the day beforehand and refrigerate before the last rise. The next day, take them out of the fridge about 30 minutes before you want to bake them.
Then there’s the stuffing. I’ve seen stuffing made with all types of bread but this was the first recipe I had seen using bagels. I originally set aside two corn muffins for stuffing, but those were thrown into the freezer once I discovered I could use a bagel instead. I freaking love bagels! And I was not disappointed by the trade-off, especially since there was bacon involved.
For a green side I chose brussels sprouts. Only a couple Thanksgivings ago I discovered that I no longer hated them and actually became obsessed. As a result, they are nostalgic to me at this time of year. Just a simple roasting and a drizzle of balsamic is all they needed.
Growing up we usually had both regular mashed potatoes and mashed sweet potatoes but knew I would burst if I tried to add both onto this already long lineup. I went with a twice baked sweet potato that is topped with pecans and coconut. Although it is less sweet than a marshmallow topping, it has a crunchier topping that will make you forget about those puffy white things (no offense marshmallows, I still love you).
No Thanksgiving dinner is complete without some cranberry sauce. This version uses pomegranate juice for a more complex flavor. This can be made the day beforehand or even a few days before to minimize the amount of work you have to do on the big day. But if you do have to whip it up the same day, rest assured that it will only take 20 minutes.
Of course, once you’ve stuffed your face you’ll still find room for dessert, right? Especially for pumpkin crème brulee. I know you may initially think it’s a crime to not have pumpkin pie but it’s basically pumpkin pie and crème brulee all in one. Are you really going to be upset by having both?
Now for some tips on how I timed everything in order to be hot and ready all at the same time. An hour before turkey is done cooking (mine only took 4 hours), take rolls out of fridge (if prepared the night before), toast the bagel for stuffing, and prep the brussels sprouts. Bake the stuffing and brussels at the same time and with 20 minutes of cook time remaining, add the sweet potatoes and rolls to the oven. At that time, remove the turkey from the slow cooker and prepare the gravy. Slice up the turkey and serve! Then once your belly has digested a little to make room for dessert, torch the creme brulee just before you’re ready to dig in.
One year ago: Buckeye Cupcakes
Two years ago: Apple Blackberry Pie
I’ve only cooked Thanksgiving dinner once, but it was in someone else’s kitchen and I wasn’t able to fully get my groove on. Many of you may think I am lucky, but I truly look forward to cooking that meal in my own kitchen one day. Alas, all I have to worry about is what I am eating for breakfast and bringing for dessert (maybe a side dish too). Certainly there are many others out there in a similar situation so here’s a great roundup of festive recipes for you to peruse with breakfast, side dish, and dessert ideas.
If you are the one in charge of dinner you can assimilate a side or two and maybe a dessert into your menu. Also, stay turned this Sunday for an entire Thanksgiving menu which can be easily adapted based on how many mouths you need to feed.
One year ago: Peanut Butter Marshmallows
Three years ago: Buckeye Candies
- Apple Butter Granola
- Apple Cider Pancakes
- Apple Cinnamon Greek Yogurt Pancakes
- Apple-Cranberry Oatmeal
- Apple-Walnut Pancakes with Brown Sugar Greek Yogurt
- Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts
- Baked Apple Cider Oatmeal
- Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal
- Baked Purple Sweet Potato Doughnuts with Marshmallow Glaze
- Banana Bread Cinnamon Rolls
- Banana Pecan Waffles
- Biscoff Cinnamon Rolls
- Chocolate Pumpkin Pancakes
- French Toast Waffles (try adding pumpkin pie spice)
- Pumpkin Bagels with Cinnamon-Walnut Cranberry Cream Cheese Spread
- Pumpkin Biscoff Cream Cheese Bread
- Pumpkin Danish
- Pumpkin Granola
- Pumpkin Pancakes
- Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese
- Sweet Potato Breakfast Biscuits
- Sweet Potato Pie Oat Bars
- Bagel and Bacon Stuffing
- Blue Cheese Scalloped Potatoes
- Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese with Caramelized Onion, Bacon, and Apple
- Cranberry-Pomegranate Sauce
- Cranberry Sauce
- Easy Garlic Knots
- Farro, Cranberry and Goat Cheese Salad
- Garlic Rolls
- Greek Yogurt-Rosemary Dinner Rolls
- Homemade Olive Garden Salad & Dressing
- Parmesan-Roasted Broccoli
- Penne with Butternut Squash, Kale, and Goat Cheese
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- Roasted Potato Salad
- Sweet Potato Fries
- Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes
- Wheat-Oat-Flax Buns
- Winter Wheat Berry Power Salad
- Apple Blackberry Pie
- Apple Butter Swirl Cheesecake Bars
- Apple Crumble
- Butter Pecan with Brandy Ice Cream
- Caramel Apple Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes
- Caramel Apple Pie
- Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream
- Cranberry Chocolate Chunk Brown Butter Cookies
- Iced & Spiced Applesauce Cookies
- Krispie Ice Cream Pumpkin Dessert
- Mini Pumpkin Black and White Cookies
- Pumpkin Baklava Bars
- Pumpkin Creme Brulee
- Pumpkin Kissed Gingerbread Brownies
- Pumpkin Nutella Mini Cheesecake Bites
- Pumpkin Oreo Truffles
- Pumpkin Pie with Brown Sugar Walnut Topping
- Pumpkin Spice Brownies
- Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake
- Nutella Mousse
- Sea Salt Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cups
- Sweet Potato Dark Chocolate Bars
- White Chocolate-Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Sandwiches
With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, everyone is planning recipes for a meal to feed the masses. But what about the people cooking for a small group of people or ::gasp:: just one of two? If you fall into the latter category then this apple crumble is for you. Although I easily devoured the entire thing in one (short) sitting, it could definitely satisfy two especially if you serve it a la mode.
I went ahead and topped it off with my new favorite ice cream- Graeter’s Salted Caramel. Seriously that stuff rocks my face off and made me enjoy this crumble even more than I thought possible.
Liquid Frozen gold, I’m telling you.
One year ago: Homemade Peanut Butter Hot Cocoa Mix
Sometimes I crave cheese balls outside of parties and gatherings, but to make an entire cheese ball for one person is just insane. Then it finally occurred to me – why not make a smaller version? And that’s exactly what I did. This little guy is smaller than my fist and only requires 4 ingredients. A mixture of goat cheese, cream cheese and cranberries all rolled up in chopped pistachios making for one very festive cheese ball. It was actually inspired by the farro salad I just made.
This mini cheese ball is actually enough for two servings so I am straying slightly for Single Serving Sunday. But I’d like to see anyone admit that they only eat one serving of a cheese ball. Admit it, you know you want to eat this as a side dish to your meal tonight. Or maybe the entree ;-). You may need to double or quadruple the recipe for the times when you crave a cheese ball in the company of others. Otherwise you will be fighting everyone off!
One year ago: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream
I don’t cook side dishes very often because when cooking for one it is hard enough to eat all the leftover entree let alone a side dish too. But every now and then I find a special side dish that ends up being more of an entree, as it steals the show of the meal. This farro salad is one such recipe. I served it with a small chicken breast that had only been seasoned with salt and pepper because I did not want to distract my taste buds away from the farro. The sweet cranberries and tangy goat cheese are joined together with the balsamic dressing and earthy herbs for a comforting effect. I could definitely see this being a great side dish for thanksgiving.
Never had or heard of farro? This was actually my first experience with farro. Texturally it reminded me of wheat berries and cooks like rice.
Meanwhile, several of my friends are on their way to Memphis at this very moment for a belated Ph.D. celebration. And yes all 5 are staying with me in my 1 bedroom 800 square foot apartment. It’s going to be one big weekend-long slumber party and I am so excited! Most of them have not been here in over 4 years so I have a lot more to show them now that I’ve become more acquainted with this city. Just in time for me to move and leave right?
One year ago: Chocolate S’mores Cupcakes
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