Sunday, November 28, 2010

Herbed Turkey Patties with Left-over Thanksgiving Turkey

We had tons of leftovers this year for Thanksgiving.  I hate to see food go to waste so I decided to make something similar to a crab cake, but with turkey instead.  I ended up using the rest of my leftover turkey and mashed potatoes.  I made enough for my husband and I to eat and the rest I put into a zip-lock bag and stuck it in the freezer.  Now I have room in the fridge, leftovers gone, and dinner for one of those nights when I don't feel like cooking.  I served this with the left over green bean casserole and voila. Thanksgiving leftovers are almost outta here.

Herbed Turkey Patties:
2 lbs. left-over thanksgiving turkey(approximately)
3 cups mashed potatoes
2 eggs
1 onion
4 garlic cloves
1/2 cup chopped fresh parlsey
1/2 cup fresh chopped sage
2 tbsp. fresh chopped rosemary
2 tbsp. fresh chopped thyme
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 cup bread crumbs (plus more for breading later)
2 eggs (for batter)
cooking spray

The first thing to do is pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.  Next  add the turkey to a food processor and blend until you have the consistency of ground turkey.

Next, chop up the onions, garlic and herbs and transfer to a non-stick pan sprayed with non-stick spray.  Saute for about 5 minutes and then add the turkey, browning it a bit.  Add the salt and nutmeg and combine well.

Add the mashed potatoes to your food processor.  Blend until nice and smooth.  You can omit this step if you want a more rustic patty.

Next transfer the potatoes, turkey and herbs to a mixing bowl.  Taste to see if it needs salt.  Next crack both eggs into the mixture and blend well.  Add the bread crumbs and combine well.  Now begin forming the patties. The patties need to be dredged in egg and then bread crumbs and placed on a cookie sheet.

Lastly, spray each side of the patty with a little cooking spray and bake for about 25 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.

I topped the patties with a little cajun dipping sauce.  All I did was combine mayo, ketchup, creole seasoning and cayenne pepper.


Adriana said...

This is a great way to use the Thanksgiving Day leftovers in a new dish. It looks delicious and easy to make!

Rox said...

Thanks! It beats eating the same thing for 5 days straight!

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