Ever wonder why turkey is the default Thanksgiving entree? Many believe it’s because the Wampanoag people served it to settlers at the first Thanksgiving dinner, but Encyclopedia Britannica says there’s no real evidence of that.
More importantly, the turkey is probably associated with Thanksgiving due to a popular 1827 novel by Sarah Josepha Hale, called Northwood, in which she spends an entire chapter describing a Thanksgiving dinner at which turkey is served. Sarah was also behind a decades-long campaign to make Thanksgiving a national holiday, which she finally convinced Abe Lincoln to proclaim in 1863, so we can all thank Sarah for both the celebration of Thanksgiving and the holiday’s main course.
If it seems like turkeys are getting bigger every year, it’s not your imagination; they increase in size about 1/4 pound per year. Since 1960, the average turkey has gone from 15.1 pounds to over 31 pounds today, and what that means, of course, is more leftovers.
While there are plenty of things to do with post-Thanksgiving turkey like Turkey a La King, turkey soup, turkey hash, turkey chili, turkey tetrazzini, turkey casserole, and the inevitable turkey sandwiches — which can be fairly time consuming to prepare — after a lifetime of the same old leftovers, are you looking for something different? Joy Cone has the answer!
While Joy Cones are absolutely the best thing for delivering ice cream to your palate, they make an equally delicious delivery system for just about any food, including Thanksgiving leftovers.
This month, we’re providing a way to whittle down the leftover turkey and stuffing that will delight kids, reduce the need to wash more dishes, and may just become your favorite meal in the days — or possibly weeks — after Thanksgiving. It’s our Thanksgiving Leftover Cone, and it’s easy to make and a JOY to eat.
Here’s the best way to enJOY your holiday leftovers.
What you’ll need:
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
In a small saucepan, pour gravy and heat thoroughly. Once the oven is preheated, place 4 scoops of stuffing on a cookie sheet and place into the oven until hot and crusty. Place 2 cups of mashed potatoes into a medium-sized pot and add 1 tablespoon of butter. Finally, add a few large pieces of turkey into the microwave and heat until warm throughout and still juicy.
Caution: Items will be hot.
Once all items are ready, take the turkey and cut into very small, bite-sized pieces. In a Joy Waffle Cone, add an ice cream scoop of potatoes and then the scoop of stuffing. Sprinkle turkey pieces on top. Lastly, drizzle warm gravy and top with a dollop of cold cranberry sauce.