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RECIPE: Fallwich, A Sandwich For Thanksgiving Leftovers

Turkey Sandwich

Homemade Cranberry Mayo

New England Soup Factory Cookbook

[1] Make this delicious “Fallwich” with your Thanksgiving leftovers (photo courtesy New England Soup Factory). [2] Cranberry mayonnaise (photo courtesy Savory Experiments), which uses a 1:1 proportion of mayo and cranberry. [3] The New England Soup Factory Cookbook, which contains this recipe.

 

Here’s how to combine all of those Thanksgiving leftovers into a delicious fall sandwich or “Fallwich,” created by Marjorie Druker of the New England Soup Factory in Newton, Massachussetts. The recipe is a winner in this year’s The Ultimate Cranberry Recipe Contest for foodservice professionals, sponsored by Ocean Spray; and is published in the New England Soup Factory Cookbook.

It’s a delicious sandwich, even if you have to start from scratch, without leftovers.
 
RECIPE: FALLWICH, A THANKSGIVING LEFTOVERS SANDWICH

Ingredients For 4 Sandwiches
 
For The Cranberry Mayonnaise

  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup whole berry cranberry sauce or relish (or more to taste)
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  • Baguette cut into four 6-8 inch pieces, or 4 similar rolls
  • Leftover sweet potatoes, or 2 large sweet potatoes, scrubbed but not peeled
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 individual size (8 inches long each) baguettes
  • 8 tablespoons cranberry mayonnaise)
  • 1-1/2 cups baby spinach leaves, washed
  • 1 pound leftover turkey or purchase roasted turkey breast, sliced
  • Cranberry sauce or 6 tablespoons honey-roasted cashews
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    Preparation

    1. MAKE the mayonnaise: Whisk together the mayonnaise and cranberry sauce in a small mixing bowl, until well incorporated. If you need to make sweet potatoes:

    2. PREHEAT the oven to 400°F. Cut the sweet potatoes into 3-inch chunks. Place in a roasting pan and sprinkle with the olive oil, salt, and pepper. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, stirring once or twice. Remove from the oven and cool to room temperature.

    3. SPREAD the both cut sides of each sandwich with the cranberry mayonnaise. Place the spinach leaves on the bottom slice of each baguette bottom. Layer the turkey breast, then the mashed or roasted sweet potatoes.

    4. SPRINKLE with the honey-roasted cashews and season with salt and pepper. Place the top slice of bread on each sandwich.

     
    FOR A BEVERAGE

  • Seasonal beer
  • Cranberry club soda or soda
  • Cranberry spritzer: cranberry or cranapple juice mixed with club soda
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    QUESTION: What’s The Best Cut Of Beef For Jerky?

    A reader of THE NIBBLE online magazine was checking out our Beef Glossary to determine the best cut of beef to use for making beef jerky at home. It’s a great glossary, but doesn’t get that granular. So we posed the question to Paul Murdoch, president of Gary West, which makes the most outstanding beef jerky we’ve ever had (it was a NIBBLE Top Pick Of The Week—read the review). Paul responded: “I favor inside top rounds. The meat texture is consistent, which is important. Try the Choice grade for more savory flavor and the Select grade for a less fatty cut. Flank steak and brisket are nice cuts for flavor, but not for texture. Pectoral and bottom round cuts are my third choice.” [EDITOR’S NOTE: Read about the USDA grades of beef in the Beef Glossary.] Now you have the answer, if you want to, try making your own jerky. For the less adventurous, we can highly recommend Gary West’s jerky as holiday gifts—it melts in your mouth (we especially love the bison). Read the recipes in the review—jerky is more than just a match for beer, delicious a combo though that may be. And if you’re a steak lover who wants more bang for your buck, read these tips from a top butcher on the value cuts of steak.   Gary West Gourmet Jerky
    We love Gary West’s gourmet jerky.
     

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    PRODUCT WATCH: Hebrew National Kosher Breakfast Sausage

    Only 10% of the people who eat kosher food are Jewish. Now they, and the 90% of non-Jewish kosher food buyers, can enjoy breakfast sausage. Hebrew National, the iconic kosher hot dog company, has launched the first 100% pure beef breakfast sausage links available in the marketplace. There are three varieties—Original, Maple and Reduced Fat, which is 25% leaner than Original. The sausages are already cooked—just heat and serve. Like all of Hebrew National’s products, the sausage links are free of artificial colors, flavors, fillers and by-products. The suggested retail price is $3.79 for a pack of 10 links.   Hebrew National Sausage

    New breakfast sausage links.

    So who’s buying all that kosher food? People with allergies, vegetarians and vegans (who are assured by the designation of no animal products in the recipe) and Muslims, among others. Foods are kosher dairy, kosher meat or “pareve,” neutral. Kosher products with meat ingredients are indicated (M) or meat, those with dairy have a (D) designation, and those that are pareve have the word pareve imprinted. Some items that have no dairy ingredients, such as bittersweet chocolate, have a (D) designation because they are made on the same processing equipment as products with milk ingredients. This is based on the belief that elements of dairy potentially absorbed by the equipment may be transferred to the non-dairy products. Read more in our overview of the $40 billion kosher food industry.

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    GOURMET TRAVEL: Festival Of Foie Gras

      This week, nearly 20 restaurants in Philadelphia will offer foie gras lunch and dinner dishes for only $5 in response to recent pressure by the animal rights group, Hugs for Puppies, to remove the controversial delicacy from menus. The restaurants, working under the umbrella of Chefs for Choice and the Artisan Farmers Alliance, have banded together to support the right to choose what goes on their menus. They assert, “We do not believe that a minority of animal rights zealots should determine the direction of our business. Nor do we want to be intimidated by them at our restaurants or homes. We want the City Council to know that these few do not represent the whole of Philadelphia.” We’re quite excited about this form of protest and would be even more excited if the foie gras stayed so cheap! To read more about foie gras controversies, see our gourmet news from January and May.

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