By Tana Kosiyabong
Canadian Thanksgiving always catches me off-guard. This year was no different. I totally forgot about it until last week. Once I found out, I started to panic. I had no clue where I could review a Thanksgiving turkey dinner under $5. I don’t know how to roast a turkey or bake a pumpkin pie either. “Oh boy! What am I gonna do?,” I murmured repeatedly.
It was impossible to think while having a panic attack. I had to calm down. So, I took a hot bath. Eureka! I jumped out of the bathtub like the enlightened Archimedes. (But I knew better than to run naked through the city like he did.) I can make good use of leftover turkey. People have tons of them for days, if not weeks, after Thanksgivings.
Still naked and soaking wet, I declared a new Cheap Appetite mission: How to make Wasabi leftover turkey salad sandwich under $5. The big problem was the turkey. It would be easier to get “technically free” leftover turkey after Thanksgiving. But how could I find cheap roasted turkey before then?
First idea was the Stouffer’s frozen turkey dinner I bought on sale last week for $2.50. Another one was to buy roasted turkey slices from the deli. Eventually, I decided to go with the turkey slices because I wanted to save the frozen dinner for my thanksgiving night. Then the rest of the ingredients easily fell into place. I got all but one of the ingredients at either home or Urban Fare.
Now don’t pass judgment until you hear why I shopped at this fancy grocery store. At Urban Fare, I could buy my ingredients in small amounts instead of purchasing the whole package. As an added perk I could grab the free mayo packs from their food court*. Since I bought turkey slices and a couple of other ingredients from them, I think it’s fair to use their free mayo.
– 100 grams of leftover turkey meat cut into small chunks (technically free). I used smoked turkey slices as a substitute ($2.67).
– 20 grams of craisins (75 cents). You can use raisins, dry mangos, or even cranberry sauce as a substitute.
– 20 Wasabi peas (20 cents). You can use any chopped nut as a substitute.
– 1 hard-boil egg (30 cents). Chop it into small cubes. If you don’t like eggs, add some more turkey.
– 4 12ml-packs or 31⁄4 tablespoons of mayo (Free). If you don’t like mayo, try the same amount of ketchup or barbecue sauce instead. But hold off on the lemon juice.
– 1-2 teaspoons of wasabi paste (10 cents). (I got it from T&T supermarket.)
– 1-2 teaspoons of lemon juice (20 cents).
– 4 slices of bread (50 cents).
– 2 slices of cucumber as garnish. Stole it from my bird diet. (optional)
– 1 clove of garlic. Finely chopped or pressed. (optional)
– Leftover gravy. (optional)
This recipe makes enough salad for two sandwiches. (I forgot to put bread, lemon, salt and pepper in the above photo. My bad.)
HOW TO MAKE WASABI LEFTOVER TURKEY SALAD SANDWICHES.
STEP 1: Mix 4 packs of mayo, and 1 teaspoon of wasabi paste together. Make sure there’s no lump left. Taste the mixture. Add more wasabi if needed, half teaspoon at a time. (Once I was satisfied with the amount of wasabi, I still felt like something was missing. Suddenly, I could hear Chef Gordon Ramsay yelled “YOU FORGOT THE LEMON JUICE, YOU DONKEY!” in the back of my head. Fortunately I got a lemon in the fridge.) Add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to the mixture. Taste it again. Add more lemon juice if needed. Then add salt and pepper to taste.
STEP 2: Add turkey and craisins or other dry fruits into the wasabi mayo. Normally, there’s no garlic in a mayo-based salad. But I can’t help it. I’m Thai, not a Vampire – I love garlic. If you like garlic, add it here. Mix well. If you decide to use cranberry sauce, spread it on the bread instead.
STEP 3: Add chopped eggs and wasabi peas. Fold them in gently. If you’re not going to eat the salad right away, DO NOT put the wasabi peas in yet. Add them in later just before you want to eat the sandwich. Mayo-based salads usually taste better the next day. But it doesn’t mean you have to wait if you’re hungry.
STEP 4: Put the salad on a piece of bread. Add cucumber and egg slices on top. Sandwich it with another piece of bread. You can use any kind of bread you like. Toasted or not, up to you.
STEP 5: If you have leftover turkey gravy, warm it up. Dip your sandwich in the gravy as you eat. I wish I had some. Damnit!
Looking for another exotic recipe using leftover turkey? Check out Cheap Appetit recipe No. 001. Just replace the mushroom with your leftover turkey, bring the green curry to a boil. No need to simmer.
Have a happy Canadian Thanksgiving and Cheap Appétit.
*I DO NOT condone this behavior. Try it at your own risk.
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