Leftovers, for Much Later
Leftovers. Some of us happily eat them, leaving others to bemoan the repetition. For the naysayers, leftovers are punishment cloaked as resourcefulness, turkey sauced with guilt.
At Purple Kale, of course, I see leftovers as possibilities, playgrounds to experiment with new forms. But even I have little energy to do more than take a fork to a container of cold stuffing. When leftovers linger beyond two days, I turn them into dishes I can freeze for the future. Like soup.
You can throw most things into Leftovers Soup, turkey (of course), some of the stuffing, vegetables, extra herbs. The soup strategy is two-fold: in one act, you can use up a good many things, and many of these things freeze better suspended in stock, than if they were frozen on their own. What’s more: you get to reintroduce holiday leftovers at a later, more favorable time —- Did you just by accident make Christmas dinner soup?