I think I love and hate Black Friday in equal measure! I love it because I can get great bargains and deals on Christmas gifts. I hate it because in order to get those deals, there’s all that pressure to get online or out to the stores as early as humanly possible. I really, really dislike the pressure!
I’m not a Black Friday shopper, as far as going out to a physical store location goes. I stay safely tucked in bed until a reasonable hour and do my shopping online, or wait until the crowds die down and hit some local businesses.
However, my best friend takes Black Friday shopping and elevates it to an art form. The latter part of Thanksgiving Day, after the turkey has been eaten and the mess cleaned up, is dedicated to strategizing and planning her Black Friday attack.
More power to her! Would it be wrong for me to give her some cash and my shopping list, too?
Yes, it probably would; I wouldn’t be earning my bargains.
In the meantime, I can be prepping a Black Friday lunch using almost all leftovers from Thanksgiving dinner!
Black Friday Casserole
2 cups cornbread dressing, cooked
3 to 4 Tbs chicken stock
1/4 cup cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup turkey gravy
2 cups cooked turkey, cubed
1 cup green beans
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 cups mashed potatoes
1/4 cup half-and-half cream
2 Tbs butter, melted
1/2 cup French-fried onions, optional
Preheat oven to 350° F. Mix the stuffing with enough broth to make the mixture moist. Press onto the bottom and sides of a greased pie plate. Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden-brown.
In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese and gravy. Beat until smooth. Stir in turkey, green beans, cheddar cheese, salt and pepper. Spread over the baked stuffing crust. In another bowl, mix the mashed potatoes with the cream. Spread over the turkey mixture. Brush with melted butter, and sprinkle with the French-fried onions. Bake until heated through and slightly browned on top, about 20 to 25 minutes.
Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 470, Calories from Fat: 188, Fat: 21 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (11 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 89 mg, Sodium: 1564 mg, Potassium: 587 mg, Carbohydrates: 46 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 0 g, Protein: 24 g.