Thanksgiving Leftovers: The Sandwich (Plus Beer Pairing)


Thanksgiving Leftovers

left·o·ver [left-oh-ver]
Remaining as an unused portion or amount.
1. A remnant or an unused portion.
2. leftovers Food remaining from a previous meal.

Leftovers are a huge part of the Thanksgiving tradition. For some people these delicious remnants are better than the actual Turkey-Day dinner itself. Let’s face it, the meal you slaved over is going to taste about 1 million (dollars) times better with your in-laws and relatives out of the house. Seriously, holidays are stressful so enjoy the fruits of your labor in peace. We won’t tell your aunt Edna.

This year we had several traditional items remaining and decided to combine them in a non-traditional way. We used several ingredients: stuffing, turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and cranberry sauce to make a sandwich on bakery rye bread. This delicious monstrosity was dubbed, “the Gobble-nator”, and we try to use an ominous voice when mentioning it. Such a powerful sandwich commands both awe and respect. While we admit slapping eveything together to create a thanksgiving sandwich may not be totally rare these days, as this article from the Village Voice shows, it isn’t super common and is a great way to put extra to use. The ingredients used are limited only to what you have on hand or you think your guts can handle. So take a breath, get those leftovers out and build your own Gobble-nator!

Thanksgiving Sandwich aka the Gobble-nator

Turkey – white & dark meat recommended
Stuffing – ours was made with sausage
Mashed Potatoes
Cranberry Sauce – we used whole berry
Toasted Rye Bread
Salt & Pepper – to taste

This is a fairly simple process. Microwave everything  for the hot portion of the sandwich (turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy). At the same time get the bread ready to transform into toast and make it happen. When that all comes together put the turkey with some gravy and stuffing on one slice of toast. On the other slice use the mashed potatoes to anchor the cranberry sauce. Carefully slap the two halves together completing your Frankenstein of a sandwich. Having some left over Dogfish Head Punkin we decided to enjoy it with our Gobble-nator. The fall flavors, spices, caramel malt, subtle bitterness and touches of alcohol contrasted well with the richness of the stuffing, turkey and gravy while pairing well with the sweet, sharpness of the cranberry. While putting this stomach annihilator together we came across the half a pecan pie in the fridge from the Farm in Closter. This was a great pie and also paired well with the Dogfish Head brew. The caramel and spice notes in the beer mingled nicely with the pie while the bitterness provided an edge cutting the sweetness. Whatever you end up doing with your leftovers this year have fun and enjoy. Here are some images of the Gobble-nator coming together.

Thanksgiving Leftovers

Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwich

Thanksgiving Sandwich The Gobble-nator

Thanksgiving Sandwich The Gobble-nator

Thanksgiving Sandwich Dogfish Punkin Pairing

Pecan Pie the Farm Closter

Written by A+K

November 26th, 2012 at 2:45 pm

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