Man oh man. Thanksgiving is here again and I'm finally starting to feel like I'm slightly good at this. It's been about 3 years since I started having my own personal lil Brooklyn food fest sans mi familia, and there's def been some
gross ass turkeys
hurdles along the way but I'm actually getting the hang of it. I mean, now that I know that you have to defrost a turkey fifty days in advance and that it's absolutely necessary to have a meat thermometer if you want edible turkey, then what could go wrong?
So based on my personal experiences, if you want to have the best stress-free thanksgiving ever, then take the following advice:
1. I think it's important that one understands that it's absolutely vital to have at least one bottle of champagne per person the morning-of.
2. If you're inviting friends over, give them the hard recipes or the ones you're not familiar with - stick to your favorites because it makes you look like a pro. Genius advice right there.
3. Remember, be a good host and keep everyone's glasses full
and bowl's packed
. Not only will the meal be absolutely delicious when it's fiiiiiiiiiiiinally ready, but by getting your guests
a lil tipsy, then you can all take a big group nap in the living room with all the pillows and blankets you can find! How fun does that sound?! Oh, and of course if your meal sucks then they'll prob just forget anyways which is good, too.
So if you keep all of these practical tips in mind, then you should be good to go. But actually who cares about the day of Thanksgiving? Everyone knows that the leftovers are the best part anyways. And that leads us to this very special sandwich. So go ahead, put on your jeggings, pour yourself a stiff drink, and get ready for some deliciousness because shit just got real.
You know all that soggy leftover stuffing? Yeah? Well, put that slop into a waffle press and get ready to make the best thing that's ever been created... besides ---. Then add some muenster cheese, a little bit of crappy cranberry jelly, and a big ole heaping pile of mashed potatoes and grill it. As Adina
, my boss and #1 homey from S.W. Basics
would say, "if you make this sandwich, you make turkey the side". And I say TRUE DAT, Adina. True dat. Let's get started.
- 2 stuffing waffles (directions below)
- 2 giant spoonfuls of mashed potatoes
- 1 tbsp of crappy cranberry jelly
- a few slices of Wisconsin muenster
Let's begin by talking about the greatest thing that I've ever done in my life. It's not some amazing volunteer gig or that time when I rescued a baby sea otter from the middle of the street (that didn't happen, it would be cute though!), nah, it's when I discovered that you could put stuffing mix into a waffle iron.
STUFFING WAFFLES. That's it. Just two simple words that have changed my life. They're so easy to make and they're insanely addicting. Just image this - It's like all the delicious crispy stuffing parts are perfectly in proportion to the moist parts. And that just happens to be the greatest thing ever.
So let me tell you how to make these. Basically you can just put your wet stuffing mixture into a waffle press, let it cook for a few cycles - they need more time than regular ole waffles. After they start to get crispy and golden, let them sit some more so they can firm up then they're ready to be used!
Next, add some of your knock-off Aunt Lorraine's famous mashed potatoes, be sure to really mash the taters into the nooks and crannies of the waffle. It's like perfectly made little pockets so why not fill they with mashed potatoes? WHY NOT?!
On the other side, repeat the same process but instead use some cranberry jelly. I'll go ahead and put this out there, I am a fan of the crappy stuff. I don't want any chunks, or berries as some would say, in my cranberry jelly. No. I want that ultra-smooth, deliciously-weird, and consistently-gelatinous goodness that I remember from my childhood. And I want a lot... but you could add however much you like.
That reminds me, you could also add turkey at this point. But if you're too
busy like me and don't have
time to make a turkey twice, or if you ran out of turkey and had no leftovers, then you can be on my team. Otherwise, eff off! Jk. Jk. I love you forever.
Now add a few slices of muenster. I added three for good measure because I want excess of pretty much everything in my life. And who wouldn't want want extra muenster. Dumdums, that's who.
And did you know that muenster has a super high percentage of butterfat so it's basically the butter of meltable cheeses. Amazeballs.
Gah, brb, gotta go gobble down a slice...
Almost done, almost done! Now just put the two halves together and clap your hands. You can also call all of your friends into the room to let them admire what you've done. I'm giving you a internet-pat-on-the-back as we speak!
Because the stuffing was already so buttery, I didn't think it was necessary to add any more sandwich lube. Strange, I know, especially when you consider what I just said in the last step, but you get it. If I would have added more butter, it probably would have burned too quickly and would have gotten a lil soggy and I might have cried.
So anyways, just cook the sandwich for a few minutes on each side at a low heat - remember the stuffing waffle is already cooked so you just want to get it hot enough to where the cheese melts. And like I said before - muenster melts magically!
Once it looks all deliciously crispy and you can't wait any longer, take it out of your pan and let it chill for a sec. During this time, you can run down to the liquor store or coffee shop and re-up on mimosas or whatever else you drink the day after Thanksgiving. Then indulge and enjoy the leftovers!
So hopefully this post will help you use up your leftovers in a fun, new, and creative way. If you've gotta a
weirder idea on how to use up the leftover food, then please share! Until next time homies...