This is another one of those off-topic posts (I’m thinking of making them a regular feature on Fridays, so I can share the rest of the Austin experience with y’all.)
Today’s off-off-topic (kind of like off-off-Broadway but without the pretentious audiences) is a “What to Do With Your Thanksgiving Leftovers” cook-off on Google Plus. There was three of competing, plus an awesome judge and timekeeper (sucking up? You bet!) and a fun audience.
The challenge? Come up with a creative way to use Thanksgiving leftovers to make a tasty Black Friday meal. And we all jumped right into the challenge. We each cooked in our own kitchens, and shared the event as a live Google Hang Out.
The first competitor was Mary Helen Leonard of Mary Makes Dinner. She crafted her Thanksgiving leftovers into a tempting-looking Turkey Day pizza.
The second competitor was Amy Kritzer from Kosher food blog What Jew Wanna Eat and a series of regular cooking demonstrations from Google Austin. She turned her Thanksgiving ingredients into a delicious looking Thanksgiving Benedict.
My creations were a bit different. Because we are vegetarians (or at least 2/3 of the household is; my husband eats, well, pretty much everything!) , I skipped over the turkey and went right for the leftover veggies and stuffing.
And because we’re living in Austin, I opted for a local flavor, too. I started with a Southwest Corn Chowder, full of chopped veggies from the vegetable tray, corn, mashed potatoes and an array of smoky spices. The soup was finished with a dash of cream, and garnished with fresh cilantro and a sprinkling of Mexican cheese.
I also made a dish with leftover sweet potato casserole and stuffing, combining the sweet with heat by adding cayanne, San Antonio Chili Powder, a touch of garlic and some hot Paprika to the potatoes and then whipping them with eggs and egg whites. That became the soufflé to top a crust made of twice-baked stuffing baked in muffin cups.
I was going crazy getting ready for the event, but I had so much fun doing it! If you want to see the video, check it out on Google+. And don’t forget to vote for your favorite chef! There are prizes afoot, so click here to pick your number one choice!