While we often make a non-standard Thanksgiving meal, this year we did it pretty much straight-up traditional. The leftovers, on the other hand, we've been playing around with a bit.
Case in point, these stuffing croquettes. Think of them as Thanksgiving in a ball. A crispy, fried ball.
We took some leftover stuffing, mixed in some small bits of turkey and formed them into balls.
The gravy center was added to each ball by poking a hole, inserting a gravy "cube" (the gravy was set up well enough at fridge temperatures to be easy to work with) and then re-forming the ball.
They were then coated in panko:
And fried in oil at a temperature of about 350°F until they were golden brown.
We initially tried a higher temperature, but the outside cooked before the gravy in the middle had time to melt. Although it was difficult to restrain ourselves from eating them straight out of the fryer, we found that it helped to let them rest for a few minutes to let the heat penetrate through.
This is what they came out looking like:
After being cut in half, the gravy oozes out of the center - like a savory take on a molten chocolate cake...
I think we've definitely got a fun new addition to our Thanksgiving leftover repertoire.