Monday, December 01, 2008
Angela was just in town for my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, and came having just made some fun appetizers that are perfect for using up leftover turkey and fixings. She was kind enough to share the technique with me and the only ingredient I had to go to the store for was a tube of crescent rolls.
Unroll the tube of dough, and split it in half so you have a nice squre of dough to work with. Pinch the seams together well.
Spread some leftovers (in my case sweet potatoes roasted with olive oil, garlic, and basil) to within a half inch of the edges. Top with shredded turkey and some monterey jack cheese. Carefully roll up the crescent rolls (much like you would if you were making a jelly roll cake)
With the other half of the dough, I swapped out the sweet potatoes for cranberry sauce and put a tangy twist on this snack.
Put the rolls on a greased baking sheet and place in the freezer to firm up for about half an hour. After the rolls are firm, remove from the freezer and slice each roll into 12 pieces. Lay the slices on a greased cookie sheet and bake for about 14 to 18 minutes until golden brown.
These little roll ups encompass all the flavors of a Thanksgiving meal, but you can eat it with your fingers and it's a great way to use up whatever you have leftover. No sweet potatoes or cranberry sauce? Use mashed potatoes or green bean casserole. The possiblities are limited only by what you've got leftover in the fridge.
My Thanksgiving was lovely, by the way. I was surrounded by a great group of friends and many bottles of wine. Our fried turkey turned out to be more of an oil poached one, but it was still moist and delicious. Most importantly, everyone was stuffed and we laughed a lot, I couldn't have asked for a nicer holiday, so thank you to everyone who came over to my house, donated wine or beer (Thanks Suzanne!), or helped with the cooking or the clean up. You all are great friends, and you're welcome back next year.