Sunday, November 27, 2016

Turkey-Dinner-in-a-Braid by guest author Ellen Byron #giveaway



We're delighted to welcome today's guest, Ellen Byron to Mystery Lovers' Kitchen . You may already know her from her exciting debut mystery, Planatation Shudders and its many award nominations. The second in the series, Body on the Bayou is now available. And, she has some exciting news about a giveaway. Read on...and welcome, Ellen! 








Tired of turning Thanksgiving leftovers into an endless parade of dry sandwiches? I know I am. That’s why I created a recipe that transforms all that stuffing and turkey bits  into a delicious dish. 

Because my series is called The Cajun Country Mysteries, I usually focus on Cajun and Creole recipes in my books. But as a public service to post-Turkey-Day kitchens everywhere, I made an exception and included the following recipe in Body on the Bayou, the second book in my series. 

Today I get to share it with the wonderful readers at mysterloverskitchen.com, and since the holidays are coming up, I’m also doing a very special, first-time-ever giveaway featuring a paperback edition of my first Cajun Country Mystery, Plantation Shudders, a hardcover edition of Body on the Bayou, and some really fun swag. Just be sure to post a comment before noon tomorrow to enter the draw. Happy happy, joy joy!


Ingredients:

2 crescent roll packages (or use the new crescent roll dough packages instead)
2 cups turkey chopped
1 cup chopped broccoli, peas, or string beans
1 cup diced potatoes (optional)
1 cup stuffing
2 teaspoons gravy
½ cup cranberry sauce
½ cup mayonnaise
1 egg white, slightly beaten
2 tablespoons French-fried onions (the kind you use in a green bean casserole)


Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Mix the turkey, gravy, mayonnaise and cranberry sauce together in a medium bowl.
Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper, leaving a few inches of overhand on each side. 
Open and unroll the crescent roll doughs one at a time. Arrange the first dough horizontally across the width of the pan toward the top, then place the second one below it, and seal them both together either with a rolling pin or clean fingers.


Cut the long sides of the dough into strips about 3” deep and 1 ½” wide. Important: you want to leave around 6” in the center for the filling, so adjust the strips accordingly.

Spoon the turkey mixture evenly over the middle section of dough. On top of the turkey, layer the stuffing, potatoes (if you choose to use them), and your green vegetable.


To braid the dough, lift the first two strips across from each other so that they meet in the center, twist each strip once, and then lay them both down on the filling. (You may have to pull or pinch the dough a bit to stretch it.) Continue to do this until you’ve twisted all the strips. Don’t worry if it doesn’t look perfect. Tuck the ends of the braid up to seal it on both ends. Brush the braid with the egg white, and sprinkle with the French-fried onions


Bake 20-30 minutes, until a deep golden brown.

You can either serve it on the cookie tray, or lift up both sides of the parchment paper to gently move the braid onto a serving dish.


Serves 8-10.




Ellen's debut novel, Plantation Shudders, made the USA Today Bestsellers list, and was nominated for Agatha, Lefty, and Daphne awards. The second book in her Cajun Country Mystery Series, Body on the Bayou, offers “everything a cozy reader could want,” according to Publishers Weekly, while the Library Journal says, “Diane Mott ­Davidson and Lou Jane Temple fans will line up for this series.” A TV veteran, Ellen has written for many hit sitcoms, including Wings and Just Shoot Me.




59 comments:

  1. Excellent recipe and book! EMS591@aol.com

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    1. Thanks, Liz. And feel free to leave out the veggies, "NoVeggieGirl." ;-)

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    2. Haha, everyone always gets that wrong, no worries ;) I'm actually a daily vegetable eater - the NoVeggieGirl part refers to the fact that I don't blog anymore - my blog used to be called VeggieGirl and so that's what people used to call me; so when I stopped blogging, I kept telling readers "I'm not VeggieGirl anymore" and it became a bit of a joke with friends that I had to keep saying "LizNoVeggieGirl."

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  2. This looks like fun. suefoster109 at net zero. Net

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  3. This looks so yummy!
    karen(dot)kenyon(at)rogers(dot)com

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  4. Great idea! It looks so good! Thanks for sharing! Dspinlexo@aol.com

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  5. What a great way to use leftovers! I haven't read this series so am excited for the opportunity. Thanks for the recipe & chance. mjbookaddict@gmail.com.

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  6. I'm always looking for ways to repurpose leftovers. Thank you for the chance to win. Dmskrug3 at hotmail dot com

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    1. So am I, which is why I created this recipe. Hope you get to make it. :-)

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  7. So great to have you join us today, Ellen! And, thanks for such a delicious recipe.

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    1. Thank you so much for hosting me, Linda!

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  8. Thanks for your great recipe and giveaway. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  9. A really delectable recipe. Thanks for your great post today. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. What a good idea. I have made this kind of loaf as a Reuben and with chicken or ham, but never thought of using the turkey that way. I boiled the carcass yesterday to make broth for gumbo and this is another great idea. And thanks for a great giveaway.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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    1. I love the idea of Turkey Gumbo. One of my favorite magazines, Louisiana Cookin', just had one that I shared on my FB page. I'm sure yours is even better!

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  11. This sounds delish ! Thanks for the chance to win and such a yummy looking recipe ! kathambre@yahoo.com

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  12. That looks delicious! I need to make this soon. Thank you for the giveaway. debprice60@gmail.com

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    1. You flatter me! But I am pretty proud of myself for this recipe.

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  14. Oh, YUM!! This is definitely a recipe to try! I copied it from my library's copy of Body on the Bayou. BTW, Body on the Bayou is a winner, in good company with Plantation Shudders!

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    1. Cheryl, thanks so much! Thrilled you enjoyed the books!

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  15. What a great recipe for those leftover holiday meals. I'm looking forward to trying the recipe and reading the books. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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  16. Lovely post. Would love to read these books. Have yet to read this author so I am hoping this will be a start. My family loves meals-in- one like this. So think you greatly for the recipe.
    Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc ((dot) com

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  17. I think I'll try that recipe today. Thanks for the contest.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  18. Very pretty idea.
    Am I right that the vegetables should all be cooked before going in?

    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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    1. Yes, Libby you're right. Good question.

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  19. This looks so yummy. Thanks for sharing the recipe,and the chance to be entered in the wonderful giveaway!

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  20. For some reason my comments aren't showing up! Trying from a different device. I'm enjoying reading them, though. If you make this dish, it's great served with a salad and even a cup of broth on the side.

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  21. Hmm got to try your recipe!! Would loive to read your book!!! Awesome giveaway!!

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  22. This is a unique way to use those leftovers & looks really good. Thanks for the chance. turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. Yummy! I must try it, thanks for the chance.donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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  24. Good wY to get rid of leftovers! Maryh_happygirl@yahoo.com

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  25. Great recipe for the Thanksgiving left overs. Can't wait to read this series. I love mysteries written in the South and the bayou. Thanks for the great giveaway.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  26. Fabulous recipe! All my favorite stuff. So glad you are here at Mystery Lovers Kitchen today! Hugs. MJ/VA

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    1. Thanks so much for having me, Mary Jane!! Hugs back to you.

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  27. Looks good & pretty easy. I'm going to try it & substitire greek yogurt for the mayo (I'm allergic to mayo).

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    1. I always say, adjust a recipe to suit your needs. You can even skip the mayo altogether. This is an easy recipe to play around with. Good luck!

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  28. This recipe looks really good for leftovers. Thank you for sharing and thank you so much for the giveaway! crossxjo @hotmail. com

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  29. What an interesting idea for Thanksgiving leftovers. Unfortunately some people don't like the combination of all things into one but it would be worth the try. Thanks for sharing the recipe and also Ellen Byron's books. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. The great thing about this particular recipe is that you can sub out or sub in any ingredients that suit you. Have fun with it. :-)

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  30. Your recipe sounds great, thanks! I haven't heard of your books before, but I would love to read them.

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  31. Thanks for the great recipe idea. I am going to try it with some other ingredients. Loved the first book & would love to win this. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thanks so much, Doward. So glad you enjoyed the first book!

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  32. That looks like a fun recipe to try but we don't have any leftovers. We had 25 here for dinner on Thursday. And my mother is a great cook! I must save the recipe for a future time.

    Thanks for the chance for a wonderful prize!

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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  33. That's quite a crowd - no wonder you don't have any leftovers! Don't worry, the recipe works year-round. Just sub in seasonal ingredients.

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  34. This recipe looks great. Thanks for the chance!
    moonbay7399@gmail.com

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  35. What a great alternative to turkey sandwiches! I have to say that I'm pretty burned out on leftovers though. Maybe next year... =) konecny7@gmail(dot)com

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  36. Unique way to treat leftovers! filter@boun.cr

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  37. The recipes look yummy. I can't wait to read this series! Thank you!
    kpowers784@yahoo.com

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  38. Thanks for the new comments! This recipe works any time of the year. Just sub in or out your favorite ingredients. You can go sweet or savory. Either way, a braid is the bomb!

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  39. Gosh I would not in a million years have thought of baking cranberry sauce in anything. I wonder if it could be put in with other dishes? Thank you for the recipe and contest..

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