It’s that time of year: all the menu planing, all the kitchen prepping, alllll that dodging and darting crowds in the grocery store. Whew! Where most of you have already plotted out your Thanksgiving meals far in advance, there might still be one question that comes to mind in the haze of over-carb consumption – What am I going to do with all these leftovers!?
Fret not friends! We’ve got you covered this year with two easy ideas that will have you hesitate sending home guests with the goods – Just so you can make some of these Thanksgiving Leftover Pop Tarts of your own!
Let’s pouch-ify dinner and dessert…
Thanksgiving Leftover Pop Tarts – Makes 6 hand pies3 frozen pie crusts – let defrost for 1-2 hours before making Any Thanksgiving leftovers you can find in your fridge Orange for zesting 1 egg + 1 tsp water egg wash
Apple Cranberry Pot Pies (With Candied Sage & Herb Orange Frosting) Suggested leftovers: apple and cranberry sauce with additional orange zest Masala Turkey ‘Pot Pie” (With Bourbon Orange Glaze) Suggested leftovers: turkey, gravy, yams or mashed potatoes and hearty greens such as roasted brussels sprouts. To create masala filling add 1 tsp ground masala spices to 1/2 cup gravy & leftover shredded turkey into a skillet and stir over medium heat for 5-10 minutes.
- Pre-heat oven to 350
- Cut 12 5’x3′ rectangles from your pie crusts and assemble 6 of them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
- Fill pie rectangles with 3-4 TBS of filling, leaving at least 1 – 1 1/2 inch boarders and add fresh orange zest
- Mix 1 egg with 1 tsp water and brush egg wash along the edges of pastry rectangles
- Place top 6 pastry rectangles on top of mixture, pressing firmly on edges, and brushing additional egg white to seal packet closed
- Prick 4 holes in center of pop tart and bake for 30 minutes, until golden
Bourbon Orange Glaze3 TBS honey 3 drops orange bitters 1 TBS whiskey or bourbon 1-2 tsp fresh orange zest Mix well and brush onto savory pop tart after baking
Candied Sage & Herb Orange Frosting1 tsp finely chopped fresh sage 1 tsp fresh orange zest 3 TBS powdered sugar 2 tsp water Depending on desired frosting consistency, add water gradually until thickness is achieved Mix well and brush onto sweet pop tart after baking For candied sage – coat fresh leaves in an egg white bath and dip both sides into sugar Place on a cooling rack to dry for 2-3 hours
Regardless of what’s left in your fridge this week, these savory and sweet hand pies with unique glazes are sure to add life back into your leftovers.
In fact, we might just be “making” leftovers all winter long so we can make a few more of these perfect packets.
Need a drink? Well you can put your Thanksgiving leftovers in that too! In fact, we’ve got a Cranberry Orange Fizz worthy of all your holiday celebration!