Thanksgiving was always a big deal in our home. As Sabbath observers, Thanksgiving offered that opportunity to celebrate with family and friends who did not live nearby. Once we moved to Israel, Thanksgiving remained a memory. We just could not replicate the atmosphere or the menu. Turkeys were just not available here. Over the years, as more and more expats wanted to celebrate-turkey became more available. But Thursday is still a workday so what to do. Many families moved the celebration to Friday night dinner. This still didn’t speak to me and anyway we were never Turkey lovers. Fast forward to Thanksgiving 2020. A week before Thanksgiving my local butcher asked me if I wanted to order a Turkey. I thanked him but said no. The following week, returned to the supermarket with my husband and there were about a dozen fresh turkeys piled high. My husband asked if we could purchase one. The butcher turned to me and said (in Hebrew of course) “I told you to order a Turkey last week and you said no- these are all spoken for. BUT.. you are in luck. Someone just called and cancelled their order so this turkey is yours!” We had no choice we had to take it home. I received much advice on how to cook this bird and settled upon Jamie Geller’s simple Turkey.
We enjoyed this big bird Friday night. I have an Israeli daughter in law who had never seen a Turkey. Since we aren’t a turkey loving family, we ended up with a great deal left over. Now what to do. Thank you to Google for helping me with managing the leftovers. I cut up the turkey breast in cubes and froze some in small bags to use later for a stir fry.
I decided to make a lentil soup and use the leftover Turkey. I found this recipe. I made it in the crockpot. I added left over vegetable I had and skipped the tomato. I added the cubed Turkey to the crock pot for the last half hour. It was absolutely delicious.
I also made brown rice– sauteed some vegetables which I added to the rice and cubed turkey. I can honestly say that I put all of the leftovers to good use. Of course, I gave the Turkey carcass to my Aunt Ruthie- who is enjoying it. As Aunt Ruthie would say- it would be criminal to throw out all of those leftovers. So glad I didn’t.