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Thanks to a stroke of rather unexpected good fortune, I came home a day early. I wasn’t scheduled to fly out until tonight, but when the weather advisory made it clear I was better off flying out on Tuesday, I asked for the boss’s blessing to work from home, changed my flight at no cost on the airline’s encouragement, ran to my apartment to pack a suitcase full of dirty clothes, rushed to the airport, and made it to Denver late last night. I’m exhausted just thinking about it. So, to help me recover, I’m starting my break from the blog a day early and I won’t be back until Monday. In the meantime, I plan to count my countless blessings (my family, Brian as my fiancé and your readership chief among them), spend as much time as I possibly can with my parents and brother, and make the most of this special time together. Wishing you and yours the same.
Image via Anna Victoria Calderon.
For diet reasons a while ago, I told myself I wouldn’t post two fried Fryday recipes back to back (if you missed last week’s Pumpkin Cheesecake Wontons, you should unmiss them). Today, I’m breaking that rule, but for a few choice reasons: (1) I have an incredible Thanksgiving Leftovers Egg Rolls recipe that I just have to share, (2) Turkey Day is soon upon us and we all know diet rules go out the window this time of year, and (3) this is my blog and I can make and break the rules as I please.
So with that said, let me introduce what I believe to be the absolute best, most appetizing, crowd-pleasing way to repurpose your Thanksgiving leftovers, and egg roll wrappers are all you need to add to the grocery list. Easy and low maintenance just how I like it.
If you entertain or go to potlucks the Friday or Saturday after Thanksgiving like we do, this is a great recipe to have in your back pocket, because let’s face it, no matter how aggressively we stuff our faces, we always have turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes left over. Excessive food preparation is one of America’s many charms. Leftovers are great, but no one wants to show up at their friend’s doorstep with a plate of turkey scraps or a bowl of half-eaten mashed potatoes. That wouldn’t be so classy of us. So what is one to do?
Well, one option would be to whip up something entirely new in your tired, post-Black-Friday state. The second is to take the delicious leftovers you already have, roll them into easy-on-the-eyes appetizer egg rolls, perfect for a party, and fry them up in just a matter of minutes. I’ll take the second option, and hope you will too.
Take a good look at this picture. Can you figure out what I’ve done?
I took the traditional Thanksgiving sweet-potato-marshmallow casserole and gave it a fresh new eat-me-with-your-digits makeover. I present to you: baked cinnamon-sugar sweet potato fries with a marshmallow dipping sauce. The idea came to me like divine intervention. I thought I could claim it as a Fortune Goodies original, but a quick search on Pinterest would reveal I’m not the only one who recognized how much sense this makes. Original or not, these cinnamon-sugar sweet potato fries are a Fryday recipe worth sharing.