This post is sponsored by Milton's Craft Bakers.
For many of us, we live for Thanksgiving Day.
Because we love food and if your reading a food blog, your probably a food lover, maybe even a foodie.
For others, it's the day after Thanksgiving that gets their blood flowing.
No. I am not talking about the Black Friday shoppers. I am talking abut the leftover lovers. The people that finish Thanksgiving dinner and begin counting down the minutes until they are making a turkey sandwich.
If that is you, take the excitement all the way up to the top. Because today I am sharing with you a leftover recipe that will beat even the beloved sandwich you so crave.
Get ready for Leftover Thanksgiving.......on a Cracker!!!!.....Oh Yeah!!!!
My Cracker of Choice - Milton's
If I am going to put Thanksgiving on a cracker it needs to be one that can support the goods. And of course it's going to taste good as well. Milton's Organic Crackers fit the bill in both cases. If you are a regular follower of this blog, you may remember them from such posts as Pumpkin Hummus.
Milton's Organic Crackers give you a nice wide canvas to fill with ingredients. You won't have any "fitz" when trying to find space on Milton's crackers. Crackers that are around the same size as Milton's, usually labelled as water crackers, have the same flavor as the cardboard box they come.
I knew I had the right cracker when I took a bite with all my ingredients on and that cracker did not crumble.
While you can totally make this with just their Himalayan Salt crackers, the Rosemary & Garlic variety are totally appropriate. It could only get better if they had a sage cracker as I feel sage is the official herb of Thanksgiving. Rosemary comes in a close 2nd.
The Leftovers You Can Use
Most leftovers you're going to have will work for this. Turkey of course should be the main star just as it was the day before. Mashed potatoes and gravy are always welcome to join the party. Cranberry sauce is the perfect condiment. Sweet potatoes in place of the mashed potatoes would work. That Green Bean Casserole could find it's way there. Maybe even a little stuffing, mixed with the turkey. Really the sky is the limit. Let your inner artist run wild.
Keeping the Cracker Crisp
Let's face it. No one wants a soggy cracker. No way. So in creating my leftover Thanksgiving on a Cracker recipes, I keep in mind arranging my ingredients so that the moist ingredients stayed away from the cracker itself. You will read momentarily how I did that for each recipe. If you want to alter any of the ingredients in these recipes, you'll want to think about the order you place the ingredients onto the cracker.
Serve It Cold
The recipe for a cracker served cold will have to skip some of the leftovers. Cold mashed potatoes never sound good. What I did was slice a nice thick piece of cheese. Swiss and Havarti are what I tried with satisfying results. Aged cheddar is great too. I would stay away from any softer cheeses. I am using the cheese as a base so I want it to be solid without falling over.
Next I put some shredded turkey on top. White meat, dark meat, with or without skin, whatever you like.
Here is what really makes it special. I take an equal part leftover cranberry sauce and an equal part of Dijon mustard and mix them together to make a tasty topping for the crackers.
Cold Thanksgiving on a Cracker
- Slice the cheese and place it on the crackers.
- Add the turkey on top.
- In a bowl, mix together the cranberry sauce and Dijon mustard to combine. Serve on top of the crackers.
Serve It Hold
Here is a chance to use more of your leftovers. I set the oven to 400 degrees. I am warming up the food and I want to do that as fast as possible without drying anything out. This allows for the potatoes and turkey to get a little crisp layer on top.
I start by spreading a layer of mashed potatoes on the cracker. Leftover potatoes don't spread that well, so you have to be careful and not push down and break the cracker. Once I have the potato down, I make a small well in the middle for the gravy. I want to make sure the potatoes form enough of a barrier to keep the gravy from getting the crackers wet. Leftover gravy tends to be very clumpy, so it's easy to spoon into the well.
When the crackers come out of the oven I top them off with leftover cranberry sauce and serve right at that moment.
Hot Thanksgiving on a Cracker
- 12 Milton's Rosemary & Garlic crackers
- 1 cup leftover mashed potatoes
- 1 cup shredded turkey dark and/or white meat
- 12 teaspoons leftover gravy
- 12 teaspoons leftover cranberry sauce
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees
- Lay your crackers onto a sheet pan. If you have it, first line it with parchment paper for easier cleanup.
- Spread the mashed potatoes carefully onto the crackers.
- Create a small well in the middle of the potatoes. Put a teaspoon of gravy in the middle.
- Evenly distribute your turkey on top of the potatoes.
- Bake in the oven for 8 minutes or until the turkey and potatoes are warmed through.
- Add the cranberry sauce on top of each cracker and serve.
A Fun Way to Enjoy Leftovers
These crackers were a really fun way to enjoy leftovers. A perfect bite of Thanksgiving in your mouth. I like the appetizer size servings. A lot of us overdo it on Thanksgiving, so having small bites the next day is great to give our poor tummies a rest.
Thanks to Milton's Craft Bakers for providing the canvas for my leftover creations.