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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Leftover Turkey and Cranberry Sauce Chuckles

Christmas is behind us and some people have turkey leftovers.  I saw this recipe on TV after Thanksgiving.  It's not exact because I didn't write it down, I don't know who to credit with the concept, and it's not exactly low cal, low points, low carb or low fat.  Which means it's HIGH taste!

Let me know if you try it and what you think!  Next year I'm going to be doing something healthier, so I'm glad I got to try this for 2010.  Mmmmmmmm.

Pillsbury Turkey Roll <---- I made up that name

I roll Pillsbury crescent rolls
cranberry sauce
leftover turkey, shredded/cut into small pieces
shredded monterey jack cheese

  1. Preheat to 400 degrees
  2. Unroll the package into a single rectangle.
  3. Spread some cranberry sauce over the dough.
  4. Spread some turkey over the cranberry sauce
  5. Spread some cheese over the turkey
  6. Roll it up.
Now here's where it get's sketchy.  On the show I watched, they made 1" slices and then  laid the "pinwheels" on their side on the cookie sheet and baked for 10-12 minutes into wonderful individual servings.

I don't know where I went wrong (probably trying to stuff way too much in there) so for starters, it didn't really roll without busting at the seams, so I ended up unrolling a second package of the dough and wrapping it around the first to keep everything from falling out.

I baked it as one long log instead and probably for closer to 30 minutes.  

I also didn't use leftover turkey because that would mean I would have had to cook a turkey yesterday.  Shyah, I don't think so.  I bought Perdue shortcuts precooked turkey and it worked just fine.  In fact, it was my main course yesterday!

You can't see it, but the cranberry sauce is in there and it really makes the whole thing extra delicious! 

Speaking of Cranberry Sauce, I got the best Christmas gift ever this year.  I'll get to that in a minute.  Here's the background....

During one of my parents' visits, my mom was frantically looking for something in her pocketbook while sitting at my dining room table.  She took some papers out of her purse and set them on the table.  Then she took out an address book.  A few single 'wet naps' were followed by a miniature combination salt and pepper shaker.  I was amazed, not only that she had salt and pepper in her pocketbook, but that she somehow got it all in there.

But the real hoot came when she removed a tiny can of cranberry sauce!  I was bewildered and maybe even a little mortified.  "Mom," I asked, "What on earth are you doing travelling from Maine to Maryland with cranberry sauce in your pocketbook?"

She never stopped moving things around in her purse and she very matter-of-factly stated, "Well, you never know when you are going to be somewhere that they serve poultry and they don't have cranberry sauce!"

I laughed so hard.  That was just freaking hilarious.  I love my mom.  That quirky lady has saved more than a poultry meal with what she keeps in that magic pocketbook.  She always has the needle and thread, pen, safety pin, stamps, etc. that you need when you need it.  She is like the Mother of all Girl Scouts.

Which brings me to this year's award winning Christmas gift.  My mom has no problem laughing at herself.  She sent me a stocking and here's part of what was in it:

Miniature cranberry sauce and a note "Your own salt and pepper. Love, Mom"  ♥♥♥


  1. I love reading your blog.

  2. Carly,
    Try this instead of the Pilsbury stuff. No fat, low sodium, fast and fun, and Andrew the Wonder Boy can either assist or be trained like a circus monkey to do it for you.

    Pita (Pocket) Bread

    In a large mixing bowl, whisk:
    2 cups flour (make this whole wheat and appease your conscience to overlook the AmberBock you're sipping in the meanwhile)
    1 pkg dry yeast (cake yeast cannot be substituted, it will be too puffy and you will have a product that looks like it came out of Willie Wonka's factory prematurely)
    1 1/2 tsp salt
    1 1/2 tsp sugar
    1/3/4 cup hot tap water

    Whisk util smooth, about 500 strokes or until your arm just about falls off. Add in:

    2 1/2-3 additional cups of flour

    til dough forms a firm, no-shreds left in the bowl, but not too stiff ball. Kneed by hand until your other arm screams in agony, or about 10 minutes. Divide into 12 equal parts (start by thirds, then each one in half twice. You wouldn't believe how long it took me to figure that out) Let rest in a warm draft free place about 20 minutes, or if you are me and AD"H"D, skip the resting part and just carry on.

    Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
    Roll out three balls at a time into round salad plate sizes and place all three directly on the rack in the middle of the oven until bread is puffed up and JUST beginning to brown, about 3-5 minutes.

    FYI: A watched pot may not boil, but for the ADD...I sit and watch like a hawk or else come back in an hour to a home full of smoke, an oven full of soot...and the fire department in hysterical peals of laughter....again.

  3. awesome! and you are too funny!

    Love ya! ♥ ♥


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