Saturday, November 29, 2008

Leftover Turkey Sandwiches: The Best Part of Thankgiving

I could care less about chowing down on the leftover sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, stuffing, or cream corn casserole. I have no desire to dig into the rapidly rotting pumpkin pie. And the thought of dipping a finger back into the gravy boat makes my stomach churn like the ice cream maker my dad used to make mint chocolate chip ice cream with when my brothers and I were younger.

After a night of gorging on an absurd amount of simple carbohydrates, nuts, giblets and carcass drippings, the last thing I want to do is give my stomach a second food baby the next day. Of course, that doesn't mean I shun all the goodies that make it away from the table unscathed by my family's chompers. Every year, I find that the most enjoyable part of the Thanksgiving spread is the leftover turkey breast I get to use in a sandwich the following day. Topped with an ample dollop of my dad's homemade cranberry relish (made with fresh oranges and orange zest), it is a treat for my taste buds that are accustomed to mundane turkey sandwiches made with Boar's Head Maple Honey deli slices and Trader Joe's Sweet & Spicy Mustard. The difference between the latter sandwich and the former, made with fresh, succulent slices of my dad's barbecued bird, is almost disturbing. It's like I am using an entirely different kind of meat, and I look forward to it every year.

I love the sandwiches so much that I sometimes feel compelled to hide extra breast meat in the fridge so that no one eats it. Some may find that a bit selfish/crazy/neurotic, but "Friends" aficionados will understand. It still pains me to think of poor Ross' "moist-maker sandwich" that was stolen and eaten by one of his evil co-workers. While I think a gravy-soaked slice of bread sounds rather repulsive, fresh turkey breast is a precious commodity! It's Thanksgiving gold -- the center of the holiday, and the center of that glorious next day sandwich.


Esi said...

I'm not huge on Thanksgiving food so leftovers don't really appeal to me, but this sandwich looks good. Unfortunately, the turkey I consumed was a little dry and tasteless so no sandwiches with that one!

Tokyoastrogirl said...

I pretty much make a turkey for Thanksgiving just to have sandwiches. Yours looks like I need to eat it for lunch. Right now!

Heather said...

mmm. that looks delicious. i love leftover turkey sandwiches, too. there's a bagel place near me (bruggers) that makes a sandwich called the gobbler that's really good. i don't know if they have them on the w. coast. i'm glad you got the cookies safe and sound :) they're delicious!!!! do not notice the 5 grams of fat per cookie ;)

Diana said...

Esi - Too bad about the dry bird. :( I bet if you'd been in the kitchen it would have been perfect!

Tuna Toast (is that what I'm supposed to call you?) - I am seriously thinking about roasting turkey breasts on Sundays so I can have yummy turkey sandwiches during the week! Probably be cheaper than the $11.99/lb Boar's Head I typically buy!

Heather - We do have Bruegger's out here! I didn't realize they have sandwiches there too -- I'll have to check it out! Right after I dig into a 5 fat gram cookie... ;)

Ashley said...

I had almost forgotten about the moist-maker episode! Hahahaha. The part I remember of that episode is the sound of Ross's voice reverberating through the city. Oh man, I need to invest in the DVDs.