California Club Sandwich

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One of my favorite meals while growing up was a California Club Sandwich, and they don’t get any better than with Martin’s Old-Fashioned Real Butter Bread.

One of my favorite meals while growing up was a California Club Sandwich, and they don't get any better than with Martin’s Old-Fashioned Real Butter Bread.

Today’s recipe is sponsored by our friends at Martin’s Famous Potato Rolls and Bread.  

One of my favorite meals while growing up was a California Club Sandwich, and they don't get any better than with Martin’s Old-Fashioned Real Butter Bread.I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I was to make my all time favorite sandwich on Martin’s brand new Old-Fashioned Real Butter Bread. When you make a sandwich like this, it is more than a meal. Perhaps its nostalgia, perhaps its just a love of delicious food, but this sandwich is way more than just a sandwich to me – its an experience. You see, I’m a bit of a food snob. Okay, okay. That might be putting it mildly. The truth is that I don’t just care about the taste of my food, but I care about the quality, the ingredients, the history, the origins, etc. It’s almost like I have a rating system in my brain and for me to absolutely love any kind of food, it needs to pass all criteria. Friends, this bread passed with flying colors. The taste and texture alone will have anyone love this bread, but to fully appreciate it you need to know the brand, as well.

One of my favorite meals while growing up was a California Club Sandwich, and they don't get any better than with Martin’s Old-Fashioned Real Butter Bread.

Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe, Inc. is an all-American family owned and operated company headquartered in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. From 1955, when Lloyd and Lois Martin converted their garage into a small bakery, the Martin’s family has focused on baking great-tasting products using high-quality ingredients. Their dedication to excellence, quality, service, and family values is what truly sets them apart from their competitors. Located in central Pennsylvania, Martin’s Famous Potato Rolls and Bread has been known for its “Famous Dutch Taste.” No longer just a “Pennsylvania novelty,” Martin’s Potato Rolls are the “#1 Branded Hamburger Bun in America.” In addition to their famous burger (Sandwich) and hot dog (Long) potato rolls, Martin’s also makes sesame-seeded Big Marty’s Rolls, Hoagie Rolls, 100% Whole Wheat Potato Bread, and Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Potato Bread. These and other Martin’s products, such as the new Old-Fashioned Real Butter Bread, are delivered fresh to Eastern and Mid-West stores daily and are exported internationally to a growing number of countries. My vote is for them to prioritize delivery to Portland, Oregon!

Their Old-Fashioned Real Butter Bread combines the nostalgia of days gone by with the great taste and high quality that today’s consumer expects from Martin’s. Using 100 percent real butter without any additional oils is what earns Old-Fashioned Real Butter Bread its name.  They only use high protein wheat flour, nonfat milk, real cane sugar, and other high-quality ingredients to make this great tasting, soft, gratifying Old-Fashioned Real Butter Bread.  One taste and you’ll see how much more superior it is from other white breads on the shelf.  Like other Martin’s products you can eat it right out of the out of the bag! When I was a kid, I used to take pieces of soft white bread (which, in no way, were as amazing as this bread) and I’d smash it up into a ball and put the entire thing in my mouth. I called it “bread in a ball”. Yes, this is a true story.  I have no shame in telling you that I did the same exact thing with a piece of this amazingly soft butter bread and the experience took me right back to my 8-year-old self.  If you don’t just eat the entire loaf of bread plain (like I was completely tempted to do), it can be used as part of a recipe for sandwiches, casseroles, and bread puddings or eaten with a simple coating of jam or butter. However you choose to eat their bread, they can guarantee those you are serving will be grateful.

One of my favorite meals while growing up was a California Club Sandwich, and they don't get any better than with Martin’s Old-Fashioned Real Butter Bread.

If you’ve never had a California Club, the ingredients are simple. In fact, it can vary in many ways but there are two ingredients that will define it as a California Club – avocado and sprouts. Now, I much prefer alfalfa sprouts, but they aren’t so easy to find these days. If you aren’t able to find them, microgreens are very similar in taste and texture and make a good substitute. The remaining ingredients are what you’d typically find in a regular club sandwich – turkey, ham (I’m calling the ham part optional because I chose not to include it), bacon, tomato, cheese, mayo, and of course – exceptional bread that not only holds this monster of a sandwich together, but bread that compliments all the wonderful components of this sandwich.

One of my favorite meals while growing up was a California Club Sandwich, and they don't get any better than with Martin’s Old-Fashioned Real Butter Bread.

One of the reasons this Butter Bread works so well with this massive sandwich is because it is physically possible to eat if you smash the whole thing down. I watched my husband devour this sandwich in less than five minutes and I couldn’t believe he was able to fit each bite in his mouth. It was quite impressive.

One of my favorite meals while growing up was a California Club Sandwich, and they don't get any better than with Martin’s Old-Fashioned Real Butter Bread.

Bottom line – you can’t fully enjoy a sandwich without exceptional bread holding it together. One common staple has brought people together throughout history: bread!  For over 60 years Martin’s has been a part of this history, baking up rolls and bread that bring friends and family together.  They thought it was time they made a new addition to their bread family… and I’m so happy it was this Martin’s Old-Fashioned Real Butter Bread!  Grandma Martin wouldn’t think twice about providing fresh, quality, delicious bread to nourish her growing family. She recognized the importance of time spent together—time where we stop our work and gather together to talk, laugh, share, and grow. When we bring loved ones together, only the best bread will do.  This is so much more than a meal.  These moments are what we hold onto and remember from one generation to the next.

To learn more about Martin’s Famous Potato Rolls and Bread, visit their website at: www.potatorolls.com.

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One of my favorite meals while growing up was a California Club Sandwich, and they don't get any better than with Martin’s Old-Fashioned Real Butter Bread.
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Recipe type: main
Yields: 1 sandwich
Ingredients
  • 3 slices Martin’s Old-Fashioned Real Butter Bread
  • 4 slices herb roasted turkey
  • 4 slices cooked bacon
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese
  • 1 ripe avocado, thinly sliced
  • 1 ripe tomato, thinly sliced
  • handful of sprouts or microgreens
  • mayonnaise, as desired
Instructions
  1. To layer triple decker sandwich, arrange two slices of your tasty Martin’s Old-Fashioned Real Butter Bread on a flat surface, leaving the third slice for the top.
  2. Divide all remaining ingredients in half and assemble on the two slices of bread. Stack them together and top with remaining piece of Butter Bread.
  3. You may need to hold sandwich together with a bamboo stick as this sandwich will be tall and delicious!

One of my favorite meals while growing up was a California Club Sandwich, and they don't get any better than with Martin’s Old-Fashioned Real Butter Bread.
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Leftover Turkey Risotto

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It’s the day after Thanksgiving, and the most perfect comforting recipe you can make is this delicious Leftover Turkey Risotto.

It's the day after Thanksgiving, and the most perfect comforting recipe you can make is this delicious Leftover Turkey Risotto.

Did you indulge yesterday? I did. I ate so much it physically hurt. I sat there after dinner with two kinds of pie on my plate and refused to give up! Thanksgiving is one of my most favorite holidays and the spread that was put in front of us yesterday was ah-ma-zing. I ate so much that after working out for an hour and a half this morning and sweating more than I probably ever had, I still weighed in 3 pounds heavier than I was yesterday. Oh yes. Want to know what one of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is? The leftovers.

It's the day after Thanksgiving, and the most perfect comforting recipe you can make is this delicious Leftover Turkey Risotto.

If you had turkey, you likely have leftovers. And with those leftovers, you will want to make this risotto. This creamy comfort food was transformed into something that may have just been “pretty good” to something worthy of an “oh wow, that is amazing” reaction. This was made possible because of the Pacific Organic Turkey Broth.  The company was founded in 1987 in Tualatin, Oregon, and you know I love supporting my local brands. Pacific Foods is dedicated to sourcing simple ingredients cultivated through sustainable practices, making products that nourish, and increasing access to healthy, wholesome foods. They offer a wide variety of organic products, including flavorful soups, sauces, broths and stocks, as well as the broadest range of non-dairy beverages and a growing collection of dips, meals and sides. Pacific’s delicious, nutritious foods are inspired by traditional recipes made convenient for busy, health-conscious consumers.

It's the day after Thanksgiving, and the most perfect comforting recipe you can make is this delicious Leftover Turkey Risotto.

We’ve all used chicken broth at some point, but have you used turkey broth? Totally different in the best way possible. In particular, Pacific Organic Turkey Broth was the first organic option available on store shelves. Its made from free-range, humanely raised turkeys and is perfect for adding a classic flavor to holiday meals. I loaded my pantry shelves with this broth because its USDA Certified Organic, Naturally free of GMOs, Gluten-free, and Packaged in BPA-free, shelf-stable cartons. Using my leftover turkey along with this outstanding organic turkey broth yielded the best tasting, most comforting, post-Thanksgiving meal I’ve ever enjoyed!

It's the day after Thanksgiving, and the most perfect comforting recipe you can make is this delicious Leftover Turkey Risotto.

Here’s a fabulous guide on how to best use Pacific stocks and broths. Sooooo good!

It's the day after Thanksgiving, and the most perfect comforting recipe you can make is this delicious Leftover Turkey Risotto.

Leftover Turkey Risotto
 
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It's the day after Thanksgiving, and the most perfect comforting recipe you can make is this delicious Leftover Turkey Risotto.
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Recipe type: dinner
Yields: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 1 cup leftover cooked turkey, chopped
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 4 cups Pacific Foods Turkey Broth
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, diced
Instructions
  1. In heavy bottom 6 quart pot, heat olive oil and butter over medium high heat. Add onion and saute until golden brown while stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.
  2. While the onion is cooking, heat the broth in a separate pot over medium heat.
  3. When the onions are tender, add the rice and chopped turkey and stir to prevent burning. Allow the rice and turkey to brown a bit. The ingredients will start sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  4. Add the white wine and scrape the bottom of the pan to remove any of those cooked bits. Continue to cook for about a minute until all of the liquid has been absorbed.
  5. Using one ladle at a time, add hot turkey broth to the rice mixture and stir.

It's the day after Thanksgiving, and the most perfect comforting recipe you can make is this delicious Leftover Turkey Risotto.
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Southwestern Turkey Meatloaf

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If you’re looking for a new family dinner idea, this Southwestern Turkey Meatloaf is packed with protein and flavor and is super easy to make.

If you're looking for a new family dinner idea, this Southwestern Turkey Meatloaf is packed with protein and flavor and is super easy to make.

I’m not a huge ground turkey fan. The only time I’ve ever used it and liked it was when I made my spicy turkey burgers, and oh boy those were amazing because of a secret ingredient. I much prefer to make my meatloaf with ground beef and wrapped in bacon. Occasionally I like to try out healthier alternatives and I know ground turkey is not only lean and full of protein, but its pretty inexpensive too. I also find ground turkey rather bland on its own, so I added a ton of flavor and texture by mixing in things like crushed chips (or stale taco shells in my case), corn, black beans, green chile, and corn.

If you're looking for a new family dinner idea, this Southwestern Turkey Meatloaf is packed with protein and flavor and is super easy to make.

I had no idea how long to cook this thing, so I inserted my handy digital thermometer and took it out of the oven at the optimal temperature which was when it was cooked and safe to eat, yet moist and not dried out. WIN.

If you're looking for a new family dinner idea, this Southwestern Turkey Meatloaf is packed with protein and flavor and is super easy to make.

I simply served this up with some avocado and sour cream and it was fantastic. I even took a piece of the cold leftovers and ate it for lunch the next day with a green salad and some fresh citrus cumin vinaigrette. You should try it!

If you're looking for a new family dinner idea, this Southwestern Turkey Meatloaf is packed with protein and flavor and is super easy to make.

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If you're looking for a new family dinner idea, this Southwestern Turkey Meatloaf is packed with protein and flavor and is super easy to make.
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Recipe type: main dish
Yields: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground turkey breast
  • 1 pound ground turkey (dark meat)
  • 1/2 cup crushed tortilla chips or taco shells
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained
  • 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chile
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup mexican blend (cheddar, jack, etc.) cheese, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray loaf pan with cooking spray.
  2. Mix all ingredients in large bowl. Add to loaf pan and shape into a loaf, cutting a diagonal pattern into the top with a sharp knife.
  3. Cook in preheated oven for 55-60 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
  4. Serve hot with avocado, sour cream, and/or salsa or serve cold on a sandwich or in a salad.

If you're looking for a new family dinner idea, this Southwestern Turkey Meatloaf is packed with protein and flavor and is super easy to make.
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Leftover Turkey Salad

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After the holiday, transform your leftover Thanksgiving turkey into this Leftover Turkey Salad made with the yummy fall flavors of fresh apple and pecans.

After the holiday, transform your leftover Thanksgiving turkey into this Leftover Turkey Salad made with the yummy fall flavors of fresh apple and pecans.

After the holiday, transform your leftover Thanksgiving turkey into this Leftover Turkey Salad made with the yummy fall flavors of fresh apple and pecans.

In a little over a week from now, you’re gonna have leftover turkey. Its almost a given. When I host any meal, I always produce more than enough food for everyone. I would rather have leftovers than run out of food while my table is full of a bunch of hungry people. Thanksgiving leftovers are usually my favorite! Not only do I like to recreate that wonderful Thanksgiving meal over and over again, but I love to make other delicious meals like turkey and wild rice soup as well as this turkey salad.

After the holiday, transform your leftover Thanksgiving turkey into this Leftover Turkey Salad made with the yummy fall flavors of fresh apple and pecans.

I added a few ingredients that are perfect for a fall recipe including fresh apple and pecans. You can definitely moisten everything up with mayo, but I prefer to use greek yogurt (or even a combo of yogurt and mayo) because its healthier but also gives it a nice zip. The apple with the celery give the turkey salad a fantastic crunch. You can totally enjoy this stuff in a sandwich but I prefer to have it with crackers for a perfect little lunch. Enjoy!

After the holiday, transform your leftover Thanksgiving turkey into this Leftover Turkey Salad made with the yummy fall flavors of fresh apple and pecans.

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After the holiday, transform your leftover Thanksgiving turkey into this Leftover Turkey Salad made with the yummy fall flavors of fresh apple and pecans.
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Recipe type: main dish
Yields: 4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 cups cooked turkey, chopped
  • 3 green onions, with the whites and start of the greens sliced
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 sprigs parsley, stems removed, diced
  • 1 small apple, chopped (skin on, honey crisp recommended)
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 cup greek yogurt or mayonnaise (or a combination of both)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients except the yogurt/mayonnaise in large bowl and stir to combine.
  2. Add yogurt and/or mayonnaise and mix well.
  3. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.

 

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25+ Thanksgiving Recipes

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From side dishes, to drinks, to desserts, to the turkey, I’ve got everything you need in this 25+ Thanksgiving Recipes post to create an amazing dinner.

From side dishes, to drinks, to desserts, to the turkey, I've got everything you need in this 25+ Thanksgiving Recipes post to create an amazing dinner.

I am one of those true lovers of Thanksgiving. Why wouldn’t I be, right? Considering how much I love food – not just the taste and the way it makes me feel, but the power it has over bringing people together – Thanksgiving just might be my most favorite holiday. I have plenty of Thanksgiving recipes on my site. Some of my favorites include appetizers like roasted beet and chevre crisps,which are beautiful and delicious. I also have lots of delectable side dishes like my perfect green bean casserole, wax beans with bacon and tomatoes, wild mushroom stuffing, and roasted garlic mashed potatoes. Of course, no damn good roasted turkey would be complete without fresh cranberry sauce and savory herb gravy. What’s that? Pie, you ask?  Well, of course I have pie. Some of my favorites are spiced rum sweet potato pie, ginger pear mini tarts, and hard cider caramel apple pie.

Best part about Thanksgiving is that there are countless recipes you can create to share with friends and family around your table. Head on over to the next page to see all of them!

From side dishes, to drinks, to desserts, to the turkey, I've got everything you need in this 25+ Thanksgiving Recipes post to create an amazing dinner.
25 Thanksgiving Recipes | Self Proclaimed Foodie
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Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

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Making Slow Cooker Turkey Breast with one night's quick meal preparation can provide enough flavorful turkey for several busy weeknight dinners ahead.

Making Slow Cooker Turkey Breast with one night’s quick meal preparation can provide enough flavorful turkey for several busy weeknight dinners ahead.

Making Slow Cooker Turkey Breast with one night's quick meal preparation can provide enough flavorful turkey for several busy weeknight dinners ahead.

Let’s face it: quality time with the family sounds much more appealing than hours of cooking every night. Rejoice! Moms everywhere can save time by planning meals in advance and using leftovers creatively. My favorite way to make quick and easy delicious meals that can fit into my busy family’s schedule is to use the crockpot. That way I can also turn one night’s easy preparation into dinner for weeknights ahead to help make the back-to-school season a little easier.

Making Slow Cooker Turkey Breast with one night's quick meal preparation can provide enough flavorful turkey for several busy weeknight dinners ahead.

Every time I use my slow cooker, I ask myself why I’m not using it more often. Most meals literally take a few minutes to throw together, plus I can do it in the morning and then walk into a welcoming delicious smelling kitchen. The absolute bonus is that 9 times out of 10 that I use the crockpot, I end up making enough food and the right kind of food to cook several more meals.

Making Slow Cooker Turkey Breast with one night's quick meal preparation can provide enough flavorful turkey for several busy weeknight dinners ahead.

Take this bone-in turkey breast, for example. It took me no more than five minutes to throw everything together, walk away, and come home to the most amazing smelling kitchen. Don’t let the bone intimidate you – look at it as a free bouillon packet to add flavor. Everyone knows that the most delicious broths come about because of the goodness in the bones.  Cook your turkey slowly for the best taste and tenderness. That’s exactly the reason why I use the crockpot, aside from how easy it is. Then, all you have to do is slice up the meat, make up a delicious gravy with the liquid left in the slow cooker, and serve it up along side some potatoes and/or a salad for a tasty and satisfying dinner.

Making Slow Cooker Turkey Breast with one night's quick meal preparation can provide enough flavorful turkey for several busy weeknight dinners ahead.

Then, unless your family consists of a few hungry teenagers, you’ll surely have leftovers.  I used my leftover turkey to throw together some easy individual pot pies for one dinner and a perfect cobb salad for another. See?  Three dinners out of just one!

Making Slow Cooker Turkey Breast with one night's quick meal preparation can provide enough flavorful turkey for several busy weeknight dinners ahead.

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Making Slow Cooker Turkey Breast with one night's quick meal preparation can provide enough flavorful turkey for several busy weeknight dinners ahead.
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Recipe type: main dish
Yields: two turkey breasts
Ingredients
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced thick
  • 1 double breasted bone-in turkey breast
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
Instructions
  1. Place onion in the bottom of your slow cooker.
  2. Rinse clean the turkey breast and place on top of the onion, breast side up. Top breast meat with paprika, thyme, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Drizzle olive oil over the top.
  3. Insert meat thermometer into thickest part of breast.
  4. Cover with lid and set the slow cooker to low for 4-5 hours. Continue to cook on low until internal temperature reads 165 degrees F.
  5. Slice turkey and serve for dinner, or save for future recipes including sandwiches, turkey and rice soup, or turkey pot pie.

 

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Individual Chicken Pot Pies

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Individual Chicken Pot Pies are the best kind of comfort food that are easy to make and are also a great family dinner that you and your kids will love!

Individual Chicken Pot Pies are the best kind of comfort food that are easy to make and are also a great family dinner that you and your kids will love!

Individual Chicken Pot Pies are the best kind of comfort food that are easy to make and are also a great family dinner that you and your kids will love!

On the menu this week was chicken pot pie. I had it in my mind because pot pies were a topic of conversation a few weeks ago while we were on an extended family vacation. All the siblings were talking about how much they love pot pie and I realized it had been far too long since I made one. I typically make it with my own homemade all butter pie crust, but since our schedules are transitioning into chaos with soccer and homework and such, I decided to forego the dough making and use premade biscuit dough instead.

Individual Chicken Pot Pies are the best kind of comfort food that are easy to make and are also a great family dinner that you and your kids will love!

Now, I know I titled this “chicken” pot pies, but I actually used turkey breast instead. It really doesn’t matter which you use, and I thought chicken might lure you in better than turkey. I apologize for misleading you, but aren’t you glad you’re here?  You can totally use fresh or frozen vegetables. I happened to use a mixture of both based on what I already had in my refrigerator. You can also use boxed or homemade broth based on what’s available.

Individual Chicken Pot Pies are the best kind of comfort food that are easy to make and are also a great family dinner that you and your kids will love!

You could totally just put the biscuit dough right on top, but I opted to flatten it out a bit to give my pot pie a lid.  I also used the mini pie tins because I was going for nostalgia.

Individual Chicken Pot Pies are the best kind of comfort food that are easy to make and are also a great family dinner that you and your kids will love!

The end result is a tasty little meal that everyone will love.

Individual Chicken Pot Pies are the best kind of comfort food that are easy to make and are also a great family dinner that you and your kids will love!

Its perfect for busy school nights. You can even make them ahead of time and then just reheat them while you’re working on homework.

Individual Chicken Pot Pies are the best kind of comfort food that are easy to make and are also a great family dinner that you and your kids will love!

YUM!

Individual Chicken Pot Pies are the best kind of comfort food that are easy to make and are also a great family dinner that you and your kids will love!

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Individual Chicken Pot Pies are the best kind of comfort food that are easy to make and are also a great family dinner that you and your kids will love!
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Recipe type: main dish
Yields: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 3 cups chicken or turkey broth
  • 3 cups vegetables (I used a mixture of corn, carrots, and peas - can be fresh or frozen)
  • 2 cups cooked chicken or turkey breast, chopped
  • 1 packages Grands biscuits (be on the lookout for Bonus Box Top packaging)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In medium saucepan, cook onions in butter over medium high heat until they start to brown, about 5-10 minutes. Add the flour and stir well to combine into a roux. Allow to cook until the flour starts to smell wonderful, about 3-5 minutes. Add the broth and whisk well to fully combine. Allow gravy to thicken over the heat, stirring frequently.
  3. Add the vegetables to the gravy and cook until they are heated through and they start to soften. Add your meat and allow mixture to heat through.
  4. Add mixture to 6 mini pie tins (can be combined in casserole dish instead, but pie tins are more fun).
  5. Flatten six of the biscuits into disks that just about cover pie tins and loosely place them on top. You can either cook the remaining two biscuits on their own or divide up the dough onto the pot pies.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until biscuits are golden brown.

 

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Spicy Southwestern Turkey Burgers

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These moist and delicious grilled Spicy Southwestern Turkey Burgers are packed with flavor and are a healthier alternative to traditional beef burgers.

These moist and delicious grilled Spicy Southwestern Turkey Burgers are packed with flavor and are a healthier alternative to traditional beef burgers.

I have to admit, I’ve always thought turkey burgers were rather gross. I have never come across one that could compete with the flavor or texture of a moist and juicy beef hamburger. All of my previous expectations where shattered as soon as I took a bite into this spicy turkey burger. The first word that came out of my food stuffed mouth was “wow”. It was that freaking good.

These moist and delicious grilled Spicy Southwestern Turkey Burgers are packed with flavor and are a healthier alternative to traditional beef burgers.

I always have a story of how my recipes came to be, so allow me to tell you my tale. I’m trying to eat healthier these days so I bought some ground turkey at the store. The problem is, not of us really like ground turkey. Turkey lunch meat? Great. A wonderful roasted Thanksgiving turkey smothered in gravy or leftover turkey soup? You bet. But for some reason, ground turkey kind of freaks me out. I don’t like the way the raw meat feels and I usually feel like the final product is sort of dry and flavorless. That was so not true for these burgers.

These moist and delicious grilled Spicy Southwestern Turkey Burgers are packed with flavor and are a healthier alternative to traditional beef burgers.

I was originally going to make my turkey croquettes which are like these little Thanksgiving tasting patties. Its sort of the only recipe I ever buy ground turkey for. But my food loving husband is actually not too find of the wonderful flavors of Thanksgiving and pretty much said “eww” when I told him what was for dinner. Discouraged, I tried to think of other uses for my ground turkey. I had some leftover roasted hatch green chile in my frig along with some chipotles in adobo sauce that needed to be used up, so I sent him a text that asked “spicy turkey burgers?” and he lovingly replied with “duh” which in my husband’s terms really means “why yes, dear, I would be ever so grateful if you prepared a tasty and healthy dinner for our family to enjoy”.

These moist and delicious grilled Spicy Southwestern Turkey Burgers are packed with flavor and are a healthier alternative to traditional beef burgers.

I discovered a few secrets while cooking these turkey burgers. First – you must add fat to make them moist, so I threw in some mayonnaise with the raw meat. If that means that I can no longer call them healthy, than so be it. They needed it. And boy did that mayo make them absolutely delicious. Second, the onion really added some much needed moisture, in addition to the added flavor. Who doesn’t like a little onion with their burger? Next, the spicy green chile and chipotle. Wow – what a combo. Delicious. Finally, I lathered some homemade green chile aioli onto the bun as well as a piece of melty extra sharp white cheddar – perfection!

These moist and delicious grilled Spicy Southwestern Turkey Burgers are packed with flavor and are a healthier alternative to traditional beef burgers.

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These moist and delicious grilled Spicy Southwestern Turkey Burgers are packed with flavor and are a healthier alternative to traditional beef burgers.
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Recipe type: main dish
Yields: 4 patties
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground turkey breast
  • 1/4 cup (about 4 ounces) roasted green chile, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chipotle in adobo sauce, minced
  • 1 very small onion, finely minced
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in bowl. I use my hands to ensure everything is fully mixed. Form into four equal sized patties.
  2. Preheat your grill to 300 degrees F. Spray grill grates with olive oil to prevent sticking. Grill turkey patties for a duration of about 30 minutes, turning only once half way through the cooking process. Ground turkey should be cooked to an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees F.
  3. I like to top with a thick slice of sharp cheddar about 5 minutes before I'm done grilling.
  4. Serve on a bun with your favorite toppings, including some green chile aioli.

 

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Slow Cooker Chicken Broth

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This rich Slow Cooker Chicken Broth that you can use for soups or gravy transforms your leftover roasted or rotisserie chicken in your crockpot over night.

This rich Slow Cooker Chicken Broth that you can use for soups or gravy transforms your leftover roasted or rotisserie chicken in your crockpot over night.

 

I filed this post under “main dish” as well as “tips & tricks”. Main Dish because you can make soup out of it. Duh, right? But this post really deserves a spot under Tips & Tricks. Why? Well, let me ask you this: Do you ever get a rotisserie chicken or make a whole chicken for dinner? If yes, do you just pick the meat off the bones and toss everything else?  Well, if that’s the case, this post is for you. Once you make your own chicken broth in the crockpot overnight, you’ll never through away another chicken (or turkey, for that matter) carcass again.  It literally takes a few minutes to dump all the ingredients into the slow cooker at night after you finish your dinner. Then, all you have to do is wake up, strain the broth into a separate container, pick off any meat you want to keep, then voila!  Two meals out of one.

I always keep boxed chicken broth on hand. You never know when you’ll need it for a last minute meal. Fine. But the difference in taste between home made broth compared to store bought is remarkable. This method is far less work than my roasted beef broth method which, by the way, is divine and absolutely worth the work.  But making chicken broth out of a leftover whole chicken is a total no brainer to me, especially because I always have carrots, celery, onion and garlic in my kitchen… and if you don’t, you should. Here’s the best part: if you start off with a super delicious and damn good chicken or turkey, your broth will be all that more amazing. Kinda makes sense, don’t you think?  I used this broth to make this unbelievably delicious chicken tortilla soup in the picture below, and the shredded chicken came from my slow cooker whole chicken recipe.

Chicken Tortilla Soup | Self Proclaimed Foodie

 

I also used this method to make turkey broth with our leftover Thanksgiving turkey and was so pleased with myself after making this creamy turkey and wild rice soup that was also super good! So, friends, the moral of the story is that you should start making broth like this and if I ever hear about you throwing a chicken or turkey away, I will find you and turn you into a believer!

Leftover Turkey & Wild Rice Soup | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Slow Cooker Chicken Broth
 
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This rich Slow Cooker Chicken Broth that you can use for soups or gravy transforms your leftover roasted or rotisserie chicken in your crockpot over night.
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Recipe type: main dish, soup, tips & tricks
Ingredients
  • Remains of cooked whole chicken including any meat, skin, bones (can use turkey as well)
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 3 whole cloves garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon whole peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to slow cooker. Fill with water and cover with lid. Set slow cooker to low and cook for 12 hours or over night.
  2. Strain broth into a bowl. You can pick of any meat and add it to the broth. Use within 3 days or freeze for future use.

 

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Leftover Turkey & Wild Rice Soup

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Leftover Turkey & Wild Rice Soup transforms your turkey carcass into the most delicious, rich, tasty feel good soup.

Leftover Turkey & Wild Rice Soup | Self Proclaimed Foodie

This soup was so freaking good. I love me some damn good roast turkey on Thanksgiving day with all of my favorite sides, but I’ve never been much of a fan of using that leftover turkey in a soup.  You know what changed?  I made this soup just the slightest bit creamy, and it made all the difference in the world.

Leftover Turkey & Wild Rice Soup | Self Proclaimed Foodie

I started off by making the stock by smashing the turkey carcass in the slow cooker along with all the herbs I used to cook in and your other typical broth ingredients. I did it this way because 1) I didn’t have room in my refrigerator for the leftover turkey and 2) throwing it in the slow cooker was the easiest thing to do after a long two days of cooking.

Once the broth was made, I let it cool and stored it in the freezer. After all that Thanksgiving day eating, along with the abundant leftovers that followed, I wasn’t quite ready to commit to eating turkey soup right away.  I saved it for when it was ready.  Making the actual soup part only takes a few minutes so its a quick and easy weeknight meal to throw together.  For the rice, I even bought pre-cooked wild rice from Trader Joes. They sell boxes with 3 packs of 2 cups each. I didn’t even let it thaw; I just took it out of the freezer and threw it in.

I’ve always made soups like with with broth, meat, veggies, and some sort of starch. Never have I made a creamy gravy out of a roux and milk or heavy cream.  Holy cow – that was just what this soup needed!  It didn’t make it thick. It just made it rich and delicious.  This was by far the best turkey (or chicken, for that matter) soup I have ever made.  If you make it using my recipe, let me know!

Leftover Turkey & Wild Rice Soup | Self Proclaimed Foodie

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Leftover Turkey & Wild Rice Soup
 
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Leftover Turkey & Wild Rice Soup transforms your turkey carcass into the most delicious, rich, tasty feel good soup.
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Recipe type: Main Dish, Soup
Yields: 8 servings
Ingredients
Broth:
  • Turkey carcass (with as much or as little meat as you'd like and be sure to include any herbs that you cooked with the bird)
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 2 stalks celery, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 2 carrots, peeled, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 2 whole bay leaves
Soup:
  • Broth that you prepared along with any shredded meat
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 4-5 stalks celery, diced (you want the same onion:celery ratio)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4 cups cooked wild rice
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • freshly ground pepper
Instructions
To make the broth:
  1. Follow directions to make a damn good roasted turkey. Eat the turkey. After dinner, pick off any meat you want to enjoy with leftovers, but be sure to leave at least a small amount on the bones. Place entire carcass including skin, bones, and any herbs stuffed in the cavity in the largest slow cooker you have. If it doesn't fit, you can break it down to fit the entire thing in.
  2. Add onion, celery, carrot, garlic, and bay leaves to the slow cooker.
  3. Add as much water as you can, filling it to the highest allowed level.
  4. Cover and cook on low overnight 10-12 hours.
  5. The next morning, strain the broth into a container. When cool enough to handle, shred any turkey from the carcass that you can and add to the broth. Cool the broth and the shredded turkey in the refrigerator and use within a couple of days or store in air tight plastic bag or container in the freezer until ready to use.
To make the soup:
  1. In a large stockpot over medium heat, cook the broth with the shredded meat. If frozen, its okay to put the frozen block in the pot to let it melt.
  2. Meanwhile, in a separate heavy bottom stockpot, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Saute the onion and garlic until golden and fragrant, stirring occasionally, about 5-8 minutes. Add the garlic and allow to cook for 2-3 more minutes. Add cooked onion, celery, and garlic to the hot broth.
  3. Using the stockpot you used to cook the onions, melt the butter over medium heat and whisk in the flour. Allow to cook until golden brown and fragrant, stirring frequently, about 3-5 minutes. Whisk in the milk and the heavy whipping cream and continue to whisk until until a very thick gravy has formed. Add gravy to soup and whisk until completely mixed and smooth. Add cooked rice. Add salt and pepper, adjusting amounts to taste.

Leftover Turkey and Wild Rice Soup transforms your turkey carcass into the most delicious, rich, tasty feel good soup.
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