OK... This is totally not something I’d usually do. But I ran across a mention of the general idea and I thought, “Well... I might just try this.” And - surprise, surprise - they were really good. If you're planning another turkey dinner for Christmas, give these a shot!
I took approximately 1 1/2 C of dressing from Thanksgiving, added a beaten egg, and about 1/3 C mashed potatoes, 3 minced sage leaves, a ton of black pepper, and 1/2 C finely minced dark turkey meat, and gently folded it all together. I divided it into 4 equal portions (in future I'd probably divide this amount into 6 portions). I gently flattened them into burger shapes. The mixture was very soft, so I gently coated each cake in panko, and sautéed in EVOO for about 2-3 minutes a side (make sure you turn them gently) until crisp and golden.
Now for the pièce de résistance: For a little bit of decadence, I sauced the cakes with turkey gravy.
I have always loved Thanksgiving.
I have always loved the fun of making other dishes in the days following the feast.
These cakes have earned a spot in the ever-evolving “Days AFTER Thanksgiving” rotation. Wow!