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                      Don't Mess With My Turkey...

I’m standing in line at the grocery store and I’m looking at all the magazines advertising “fresh , new, exotic” ways to do Thanksgiving dinner. And while they all look absolutely amazing and mouth watering ,the only thing running through my mind is “ Do these people have families? Seriously…what would Nana do if instead of her Traditional Turkey and stuffing with Bells Seasoning (a family tradition for like 100 years that she carefully passed on to you and your mother) you presented her with a spread of  Orange Salted Pineapple Roast Turkey with a Wild Mushroom Spinach and Oyster Stuffing and Curried Sweet Potato casserole?”She would immediately call the family attorney and have you written out of the will!( *Unless you’re looking to get out from having Thanksgiving at your house FOREVER then go right on ahead and mess with tradition! J )Thanksgiving is the one time of year to eat Turkey and lots of it!…In the over 50 people I polled and asked 48 all said “don’t not mess with it! “ So if you want to try out a new turkey recipe ..try it in February when you have nothing better to do and you are not in danger of crushing month long dreams and cravings for Nanas turkey stuffing and mashed potatoes! PLAIN just the way we like it!


So today I offer you not another Turkey dish that you will NOT make on Thanksgiving but a little gourmet treasure to have around the house this weekend after the left overs have been riffled through and picked at until there is that one  piece of dried out turkey sitting alone on the huge platter in the middle of the fridge half wrapped in saran wrap because someone couldn’t be bothered to take the time to properly wrap it ….the final sign that turkey and Thanksgiving dinner and all it’s glory has run it’s course! (lol)


This weeks recipe couldn’t be further from turkey dinner!! This is my version of a Croque Tartiflette (basically a French ham potato and cheese sandwich). Perfect for the cold damp weather. Totally inexpensive and utterly mouth watering! I tweaked the Béchamel sauce just a bit and added some white wine cayenne pepper nutmeg bay leafs and rosemary ham for a more layered flavor. The ingredients are super inexpensive they should run you $10 for everything and this serves 4!!The final result is your new week before Thanksgiving tradition! If you are looking for a phenomenal brunch idea make my Croque Tartiflette and serve topped with a poached egg!J 

Thanksgiving Week Croque Tartifillet

Prep : 15 min Cook: 10 min Total: 25 min 



·        2 tablespoons mustard (spicy dijon)


·        8 tablespoons Béchamel sauce(see below)


·        8 slices sandwich bread


·        4 ounces Deli sliced Rosemary ham


·        8 thin slices cooked red-skinned potatoes (about 2 potatos)


·        8 slices swiss cheese


·        4 tablespoons butter, softened

Preheat the broiler to the lowest heat setting. Prepare the Béchamel Sauce and set aside. On a cookie sheet divide and spread the mustard on 4 slices of bread. Place a few slices of ham, followed by 2 slices of potatoes, 2 slices cheese, and 1 tablespoon of Béchamel on the mustard-side of the bread. Cover the cheese with the remaining slices of bread and spread the butter on the outside surfaces of the sandwiches.

Place the sandwiches under the broiler for about 5 minutes, turn them over, and continue cooking until they are crispy and golden brown, about 5 additional minutes. Spread the top of the sandwich with 1 tablespoon Béchamel and serve while hot.

This recipe makes 4 sandwiches.


               *(Jade’s Béchamel Sauce)


Over low heat  in a sauce pan melt 5 tbsp. butter .Stir in 2 tbsp. flour till thick. Add 1 tbsp. finely diced shallots, a bay leaf, 1/8 tsp. cayenne, 1/8 tsp. nutmeg, ½ cup white wine and 1 cup cream and stir. Continue to stir until sauce thickens then remove from heat.

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toni farinelli November 15, 2012 at 08:02 PM
This is too funny! I was just talking with my mother about the exact same thing! I look forward to my Turkey dinner every year…and I would be so upset if I showed up and my mother had decided to try some new recipe. NOT the time. I liked Jade’s idea for the sandwich. I could have used this a few days ago when the weather was crappy out! What a great idea for a blog!! I am looking forward to seeing what else she can come up with!- Toni Farinelli
Maryanne G November 15, 2012 at 08:15 PM
I hate when I go to a relative’s house on Thanksgiving and they change the recipes ! I love the idea of “not another way to use my thanksgiving leftovers” it’s so played out and never happens. This recipe looks really tasty and pretty easy to make! Great idea!
Michelle Thor November 15, 2012 at 08:16 PM
yummy! I can't wait to try it after Thanksgiving! Thanks Jade for the great idea!
Kevin L November 15, 2012 at 08:49 PM
My mother tried to change it up one year… It was extremely disappointing! I am a purest when it comes to Turkey Day! And I agree…I don’t need any ideas about what to do with the leftovers. They are going immediately in between some bread and into my mouth!...That ham potato cream sandwich looks so good!..I also really liked her idea about using it for brunch. This was refreshing!- Kevin L.
Jennifer Fitzgerald November 15, 2012 at 09:02 PM
MMMM.What a clever idea! Black Friday shopping..what? I'm all set.. I'll grab some Ciabatta bread and I'm making this sandwich. Looks mouth watering and quick and simple to make. Keep the ideas and recipes coming Jade, look forward to more. :-)
Karen Doros November 15, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Hey..Jade! .Totally forgot about the Bell's Seasoning! Thank you for the reminder. Great recipe and it Looks delicious....will try this Saturday nite for supper! (The kids will love it.) I love the cost! Cannot wait to see what your next recipe will be! Karen Doros
Eric Richards November 15, 2012 at 11:50 PM
I have to admit, I'm not one to get hunger pains typically from a recipe, but you got me with this one. Now I just need to find someone to make it for me :-)
Elaine Sherriff November 16, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Elaine Sherriff Sounds like a plan for my grandkids who love potatoes, bread cheese and ham. It would work as a quick week day dinner as they return from sport practices and need "fuel" to start their homework !
Donna Manzi November 16, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Great idea Jade cant wait to try it. It sounds so delicious to make and very inexpensive. I will make this after Thanksgiving. Can't wait for more recipes from you!
Jesus November 16, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Jesus Japa- " I am currently recovering from a stomach virus and that still looks good."
Christine November 17, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Looks delicious making me hungry just looking at it! good job jade! (:
Missy November 17, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Hardest thing about being married is having to go to the Inlaws for T-Giving. Best thing is coming home with one small plate of leftovers. Planning on hopping to this puppy on Sunday. Nice and easy to pull together after a long weekend of shopping... And inexpensive after a long weekend of spending!
Michael Sherriff November 17, 2012 at 02:50 PM
That sandwich look so good right now! I'm wicked hungover and would kill to have one!
Kelly Frazier November 19, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Yummy for the Tummy definitely using this recipe.. Anymore like this one & send it on over my way please!!!! Great idea Thanks Jade ;)


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