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After Thanksgiving Turkey Potpie

After Thanksgiving Turkey Potpie

Serves: 4

Time: 1 hr

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Adding Veggies

Thanksgiving is over and I made it through the cooking marathon. Actually, this wasn’t much of a feat for me because I like to cook. My “helpers” tasted my ingredients for a round or two before wandering off to watch the parade. I made pies, sides and the grand bird. It was a large bird, 14 lbs in fact. And now I have a lot of turkey. I’ll make turkey soup and stock of course from the carcass, but the recipe below is actually my current favorite way to use up leftover turkey because it also uses up all of the sides dishes as well and having those dishes pre-made actually makes everything turn out better. Definitely a win. This recipe basically takes everything you love about Thanksgiving (okay well except for the pies) and puts it all into one cozy dish.

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Pecan Pie

The Best Pecan Pie Ever!

Serves: 6-8

Time: 50 mins

Freezes: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Pecan Mixers

To me, Thanksgivings’ quintessential taste isn’t pumpkin pie, but pecan. Yes, I have a sweet tooth (and I’m not even from the south). I love that this pie tastes like candy, the way the sugar pools at the bottom of the dish and the amazing way it pairs with vanilla ice cream. I like to think that I’ve perfected this pie. My secret is to add golden syrup to the usual mix of corn syrup. Golden syrup is every bit as sweet as corn syrup, but, like honey, has a slightly different “sweet” profile on the tongue that really complements the traditional corn syrup. The whole pie becomes even richer, just ever so slightly caramel-y and sublime. Love it, love it, love it.

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Cranberry Tart

Cranberry Tart

Serves: 8-10

Time: 2 ish hours

Freezes: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Berry Pickers

Every year, like so many Americans we have two Thanksgivings. We do one at my house for anyone in my side of the family that cares to show up (It’s a rotating crowd each year) for lunch and then we do a second Thanksgiving at my MIL’s house for anyone on her side of the family that cares to show up (also a rotating crowd each year) for dinner. This means that not only do I do a whole big Thanksgiving of my own, I’m also faced with that perennial question, “what do I bring to someone else’s house on Thanksgiving that a, looks impressive yet transports easily; b, is relatively fast/easy to make; c, won’t offend them (try bringing a pumpkin pie to someone’s house. That totally screams “hey I don’t like your version of this Thanksgiving classic”); d, can sit out safely for hours on end and e, I can make ahead because I have better things to do Thanksgiving day. Well this gorgeous tart is your answer people.

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Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Serves: 2-4

Time: 20mins

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Sauce Masters

This has to be one of my kids’ favorite dishes. This would make sense as what kid doesn’t love chicken nuggets? These nuggets, unlike the drive thru kind feature real chicken breast, which makes for a food even grownups can eat. I often make these as mini nuggets (pictured) because my favorite part is that outside breading and this maximizes that. Probably, that’s bad to admit. The good news is these are totally flexible. You can make mini nuggets like mine. You can make chicken fingers/tenders by just making strips. You can butterfly the chicken breast and then cut 2×2 nuggets which gets you the same breading ratio as my mini nuggets, but a crispier taste overall (a bit like chicken parmesan) The other thing you can do is make these (slightly) healthier by cooking them in the oven vs on the stove top.

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Anka Torte

Lemon Anka Cake

Serves: 8-10

Time: 2hrs

Kid Friendly Tasks: Curd Spreader

This was a cake made regularly by the long suffering (in my opinion) wife of Leo Tolstoy. It is named Anke cake after the doctor friend of Sofia Andreevna’s family. The recipe was given to her mother and then on to her. It was so loved by the Tolstoy family that Leo himself said, “a holiday without Anka Cake is like Christmas without the Christmas tree or Easter without the colored eggs.” (true quote!)

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