Thanksgiving Day is the time for a traditional roasted turkey and all the fixin’s.
If you want to have a pre-Thanksgiving get together, a roasted bird and sides would be a difficult task and not very festive.
Most grocery stores have good delis these days, and you can often find already-roasted turkey there, or in the refrigerated section. Here are a few simple but spicy food ideas that can be made with store-bought, already roasted turkey and a few other, inexpensive ingredients.
If you want to roast, grill or fry your own, check out the CharBroil.com website. There are dozens of great recipes to be found there.
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Once you’ve got the turkey try these recipes for pre-Thanksgiving feasts.
Grilled Turkey and Cheese Sandwich
This is as easy as it gets, and the main ingredients can be found in any good grocery store deli.
Sliced multi grained bread from the deli
Thin sliced turkey from the deli
Slices of sharp white cheddar cheese
1 cup Mayonnaise
3-4 Basil leaves
Start by making the mayonnaise; it needs to sit up for a while to develop flavor. Add 3-4 fresh, shredded basil leaves to 1 cup mayonnaise, add a little lemon juice if you like, and blend until the mayonnaise is a nice green color. Set aside for at least 1 hour. Load a slice of bread with 3-6 slices of deli turkey, top with 2-3 slices cheese, add the top piece of bread and grill in a buttered pan until toasted and the cheese is melted. Serve at once with a side of basil mayonnaise.
Open Face Turkey Curry Sandwich
This is another simple recipe that is quick and as spicy as you like it.
You can buy a can of green curry at the Asian market or make your own by combining green curry paste with coconut cream and simmering.
If you do not want to make sandwiches, serve over streamed white or brown rice. It also works well as a good, but messy, po-boy.
Dark bread, or a po-boy loaf (or rice)
Thick sliced turkey cut into cubes
1 can coconut cream
1-2 tablespoons green curry paste
1 small bunch cilantro
Simmer the coconut cream until it separates, add the curry, but a word of caution, if you are not familiar with curry paste, it is much stronger than curry powder, so use it sparingly. Add chopped cilantro and simmer a few minutes more. Then add the turkey. Toast the bread, add the turkey curry (not too much sauce) and serve at once.
Spicy Turkey Pasta Salad
This is a pretty simple pasta salad idea, but the jalapeno sure does spice it up. If you want to add additional olive oil, be sure to use the best quality and an oil that is a bit assertive. If you want a crunchy contrast, add a handful of cashews.
1-pound rotini pasta (or another shape of your liking)
1 cup cubed deli turkey
½ cup olive salad
Optional 1 chopped and seeded jalapeno
Cook the pasta according to package directions, drain and set aside. Combine all the ingredients, taste and season as necessary. Let stand for 30 minutes before serving.