What to do with all that turkey? You gave goodie bags away, but there seems to be so much left, still. Well, here are a couple great ideas beyond the old turkey-n-gravy sandwich, which isn't that bad either. My number one requested one-pot meal recipe is my White Turkey Chili. It's so easy to prepare; just give all the ingredients time to simmer; a spicy and a warm way to serve turkey. 

Chef George Hirsch White Turkey Chili


Makes six servings

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1 Tablespoon olive oil

1 1/2cupsonion, chopped

1/4cup celery,  chopped 

1/2cupyellow bell pepper, chopped

1  Tablespoon jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped

4cloves garlic, chopped

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon thyme

fresh ground black pepper

3cups cooked turkey or chicken, skin removed and chopped 

3cups cannellini beans, drained and mash 1 cup

3 cups chicken broth

1 cup frozen whole-kernel corn

4 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

optional: 1cup half & half or low fat milk

Pre heat a large casserole pot to medium.

Add olive oil, onion, celery, yellow pepper, jalapeño, and garlic; cook for 5 minutes. Add cumin, chili powder and black pepper. Add turkey, 2 cups of beans, broth, corn and bring to a boil. 

Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes. Add 1 cup mashed beans and half & half to the turkey mixture. Simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes or until mixture is thick, stirring frequently. Stir in chopped cilantro.

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George's Fresh Apple Cider 'Rita

Cheers to you for a Happy Thanksgiving


4 ounces Fresh Apple Cider

1 ½ Ounce tequila

1 ounce Grand Marnier

1 wheel fresh orange slice

1 Cinnamon Stick   

Add the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass or rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Rub rim of glass with orange slice and dip in granulated sugar, garnish with a orange and cinnamon stick. 

Johnny Cakes as seen on George Hirsch Lifestyle

Enjoy for an American Thanksgiving Weekend Brunch

Johnny Cakes are a cornmeal unleavened flatbread and an early American staple. It is said to have its roots in New England first cooked by the Algonquian Native inhabitants. Think polenta like pancake. Aka Jonnycake, Johnny cake, Journey cake, Shawnee cake, or Johnny bread are ideal to serve for breakfast, brunch or supper in place of bread and biscuits. Dip, dunk or soak   up the juices from savory homemade Lamb Sausages, and warming chowders or soups .   

Johnny Cakes Sausage, George Hirsch Lifestyle

Johnny Cakes

Makes 6 large or 10-12 mini cakes 

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1 cup Fine stone ground yellow or white Cornmeal 

1 teaspoon salt

1 Tablespoon sugar

1 1/4 - 1 1/2 and up to 1 3/4 Milk, variable 

2 Tablespoons Butter or fat drippings to grease griddle

Good Quality Maple Syrup 

Pre heat griddle to 375 degrees or an iron skillet or sauté pan.

Mix all ingredients until lightly just until batter like. Allow to rest 5 minutes.

George Hirsch Johnny Cakes

Cook Johnny cake in a well greased griddle or pan with a little melted butter, bacon or sausage drippings. Allow to cakes brown and crisp; turn cakes over once after about 3-4 minutes. repeat. Top with melted butter and good maple syrup. Serve immediately 

Option Seasoning: A classic Johnny Cake is neutral in taste allowing whatever the cakes are served to be the predominate flavor. However, seasoning may be added to spice up according to personal tastes with a pinch of ginger, or allspice, or nutmeg, or pumpkin spice.

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Thanksgiving Countdown: Favorite Sides

This is the part of the Thanksgiving menu that does it for me. Steamy whipped mashed potatoes with flecks of caramelized garlic- my absolute favorite, especially with a side of my stuffing topped with a good gravy. Don't get me wrong, I won't pass up on the sweet potatoes and cranberry dressing. But if my plate is too full, then I might wait on the Wild Rice Stuffing until my next serving, then pair it with some Apple Brined Turkey. 

George Hirsch Lifestyle Mousseline Potatoes
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Chocolate Pecan Filo Pie

This is one of those desserts that your guests won't forget. I promise they will ask you for the recipe. TIP: Be sure to use really good quality chocolate; this will add to the success of this crowd pleasing dessert recipe. 

George Hirsch Pecan Filo Pie

image: Hirsch Media

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