Thanksgiving Repackaged

Thanksgiving came late this year, yet it still seems to have snuck up on us. In an effort to keep Christmas at bay and tackle the leftovers, let’s look to the handheld Thanksgiving feast for strength. We’re talking about sandwiches that are inspired by Thanksgiving leftovers, loaded with all the fixins. In some cases, the portable feast’s vessel is a tortilla, hot dog, egg roll, or pizza. Some restaurants serve them year-round, while others only offer them seasonally…

…continue reading on the Urbanspoon Blog.

No leftover turk'y? No problem! Make sides into #tacos! Mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, & French onions. Squash casserole. Side of lentils. No frijoles  #mexicanproblems #vegetarian
No leftover turk’y? No problem! Make sides into tacos! Left: mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, & French onions. Right: Squash casserole. No frijoles, so I had to settle for lentils. #mexicanproblems

As usual, I’m jealous of Austin because their co-op has a vegan Thanksgiving hot bar and Counter Culture has a Thanksgiving sandwich. And now my envy turns to Columbus, OH. Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace offers Tofurky hot dogs as an option in any hot dog!

While there weren’t any vegetarian options in El Paso, I was happy to see that a couple of local restaurants got in the spirit and made some fun repackaged creations. The Hoppy Monk featured a Turducken Burger with brie cheese and cranberry aioli. The burger had ground turkey stuffed with seared chicken breast and topped with duck bacon. The Pizza Joint featured The Feast, which had turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, fried onions, and cranberries.

While El Paso waits for vegetarian Thanksgiving menu items, you can draw inspiration from the nationwide restaurants mentioned in my post for the Urbanspoon blog. I plan on creating some awesome tacos soon with leftover Gardein Turk’y cutlets (El Pasoans, you can find them at Target) I have in the freezer. In the meantime, I threw some of my side dish leftovers into a corn tortilla last week. They were delicious.

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