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November 26, 2010


The Day After

I just opened the fridge and realized that since I didn’t cook the grand Thanksgiving meal, we have no leftovers. In fact, we don’t have much of anything as I’ve made a point of avoiding the crowds at the grocery store all week long. I know that at some point in the not too distant future I will be cooking a turkey and when I do this is one thing that I will do with the leftovers-a turkey sandwich, but with an Asian twist to it. In the mean time, I might just have to hit someone up for a bit of their turkey so I can make this sandwich today!

Vietnamese-Style Turkey Subs

3 cups finely shredded cabbage
1/2 cup finely shredded carrots
1/2 cup rice wine vinegar, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup thickly sliced green onions
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger
2 teaspoons chopped garlic
1/2 teaspoon Chinese five spice powder
4 cups shredded cooked turkey
1 baguette (best you can find), cut into 4 sections
About 4 teaspoons Asian chili paste
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves

In a bowl, mix the cabbage and carrots with 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar, the salt and sugar and let stand for about 30 minutes. In a food processor or blender combine the remaining 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar with the green onions, lime juice, ginger, garlic and the five spice powder and whirl until smooth. Pour the mixture over into a bowl and add the turkey and mix to coat.

Split baguette sections lengthwise, leaving halves attached at one side. Spread about 1 teaspoon chili paste on 1 side of each baguette section.
Mound turkey mixture on top and then add on spread cabbage mixture and cilantro. Serves: 4

Recipe and photo courtesy of Sunset magazine November 2007.

4 thoughts on “The Day After

  1. We were lucky to get a plate full of leftovers from my sister Lisa! Maybe everyone should just cook a small turkey at home when invited somewhere else for Thanksgiving-then you will be sure to have leftovers!

  2. Damn! No leftover turkey here either!

  3. That looks like a great way to use leftovers – in fact, I would be tempted to cook a turkey just to make this sandwich. We don’t really do turkey too much in my family, not even at Christmas, but I often have leftover chicken after a Sunday night dinner, and this would be a perfect way to use that up. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  4. No turkey here either (ONLY good thing about cooking a turkey is a turkey-bacon-mayo sandwich!). Last time I cooked a turkey was 1988! I have Thanksgiving PTSD. Maybe a turkey breast is in order, but I did miss stuffing!

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