Friday, November 26, 2010

Leftover Turkey Hot Brown Crostini

Some people dread Thanksgiving leftovers.

It might seem a chore of how to use up that leftover turkey. Another turkey soup or turkey tettrazini? Meh!

But not at our house, we actually look forward to having leftover smoked turkey. In fact I usually make extra on purpose. Our leftover weapon of choice is none other than the vaunted Kentucky Hot Brown, perhaps the second most perfect sandwich ever created.


I don't ever do them the same way twice but it is an open faced sandwich of thin sliced turkey, bacon, and tomato topped with a mornay sauce and then popped under a broiler for a few minutes.

Tonight we didn't have a ton of leftover turkey so I made them as crostini instead of claiming them to be big open faced sammies.

Leftover Turkey Hot Brown Crostini

6 slices french bread, thin slices, cut on a bias
6 slices of tomato
1/2 lb turkey, white meat thinly sliced
6 strips bacon, fully cooked
3 Tbsp butter
1 ea shallot, small, diced fine
3 Tbsp flour
1 cup milk
1/2 cup gruyere cheese, shredded
salt and pepper to taste

Melt 1 Tbsp of butter in a sauce pan and saute shallot for 1-2 minutes until softened. Add the remaining 2 Tbsp butter.

Whisk in the flour and continue whisking for 2-3 minutes, until well blended into a blond roux. Whisk in the milk and bring to a simmer. Simmer for about 5 minutes, letting it thicken.

Slowly stir in the cheese until melted. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Toast the bread in the oven (see? I do have an oven!) at 400f for 4 minutes. You don't want it to brown, you just want it to get a little crispy.

Top each piece of bread with a slice of tomato...

slices of turkey...

crumbled bacon...

and spoon some of the mornay sauce over the crostini.

Place under a broiler for 2 to 3 minutes, just long enough for the cheese sauce to start to brown.

Garnish with whatever you like. I went with more shredded gruyere cheese, green onion, and more bacon.

The crisp toasted bread under that smoky, gooey, bacony topping made leftovers disappear.

What is your favorite Thanksgiving leftover?

24 comments:

  1. Hey,

    The crostini looks fabulous...Pass me the plate please...:)

    Dr.Sameena@

    http://www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com

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  2. I knew I'd be seeing a Hot Brown popping up here soon and I love the crostini idea - excellent shots as usual.

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  3. My favorite Thanksgiving leftover is turkey. But I go extremely creative and stick it on toast with ketchup (you know you want some). Anyways, these look mouth-watering. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Wonderful thanksgiving leftover dish! I love a good turkey sandwich with toasted bread, cranberry sauce and stuffing in it......Fantastic!!!

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  5. I'm ALL OVER this one! Sounds amazing...so much better than turkey on Wonder Bread with mayo! I cooked a 21 lb. bird - thought the famdamly was coming - ended up being just the 3 of us so we have plenty of turkey - love the idea of crostini!! Thanks for another great recipe! xo, Nan

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  6. Wow, that looks fantastic. And contrary to popular belief, I have an oven too and used it to make turkey enchilasagna last night. Another great way to use turkey leftovers...

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  7. This looks really good Chris. I love turkey dinner leftovers, every single last bite. I'll be giving this a try along with the beloved meh turkey tettrazine.

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  8. oh and by the way, my favorite turkey leftover is a plain ol turkey sandwich with mayo and iceburg lettuce.

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  9. A turkey sandwich is my favorite leftover. I'm crazy about hot browns too and yours looks fabulous Chris.
    Sam

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  10. These crostini look fabulous! Good job.

    I love Thanksgiving left-overs too. My favorite day-after dish is turkey gumbo.

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  11. I love me a good ole turkey sandwich!! but that crostini looks amazing!!!

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  12. My Thanksgiving leftover favorite has always been what I call simply a Thanksgiving sandwich, which is constructed from nothing but leftovers: dinner rolls sliced in half and toasted, topped with turkey, stuffing, and cranberry dressing. That is, it was my favorite until now. I think the Hot Brown might be even better!

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  13. I LOVE crostini with yummy toppings - and yours sounds over the top delicious! Nice way to use up the leftovers, Chris.

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  14. These look wonderful, but hubby's family is soooo big, no leftovers!

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  15. I think everyone who hates Thanksgiving leftovers should be rounded up in a room, door locked, and the key thrown away to prevent them from spreading their gene pool, haha! These look amazing. I don't have all the leftover turkey I would like this year, so I will file this away until next year OR until I break down and roast my own turkey this winter. Just for the leftovers :)

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  16. Those look so good! I've been trying to come up with new ways to use the leftover turkey...can't wait to try this one! Thanks for sharing!

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  17. I think I'd like this more with ham instead of turkey. I'm so Kansas.

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  18. Oh Chris! These have to be the ultimate crostini I've ever seen. Fantastic idea to highlight the KY hot brown, indeed one of the best "sandwiches" ever invented.

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  19. Way to go, Chris! It looks delicious! I've eaten hot browns many times at the Brown Hotel and it's a favorite for sure. Love your version of it!

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  20. Oh boy... this one has me drooling Chris.

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  21. My favorite part of Thanksgiving is always the leftovers so you and I are definitely on the same page! Usually I just slap together the many and varied components of the T-Day meal but next year I'm going to go all fancy. Pour on the mornay and pretend that I'm actually in a cute little cafe in france between waited on by a man in a beret.

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  22. I had this on my radar before Thanksgiving and then promptly forget about it! I could kick myself. Just looking at it made my mouth water. My favorite part is the leftover sandwiches!

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  23. I usually make my mornay the traditional way, using bechamel, although this looks delicious. Definitely gunna try this one!

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  24. This looks every bit as good as the full sandwich, Chris! Oh my gosh, this is truly mouthwatering.

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