With Thanksgiving two weeks away, local restaurants are gearing up for a busy holiday season.
Whether you plan on eating a traditional Thanksgiving feast with friends and family or dining out, chances are you'll find yourself with more leftover turkey and trimmings than you know what to do with.
We asked Bradley LeBarre from the Galway Hooker Irish Pub in Cornelius for some creative tips incorporating the Thanksgiving bird of choice into meals at home.
While a traditional turkey sandwich may seem boring, LeBarre, a Concord resident who has worked in country clubs and restaurants all over the Charlotte area, said to spice it up by topping it with a cranberry mayo and leftover stuffing.
Use dinner rolls to make a slider, which works well as an appetizer.
Or, heat the sandwich using a press and turn it into a panini.
LeBarre also suggests throwing the leftover turkey into a frittata topped with cheese for a good brunch item, or mixing the meat into a soup with chopped vegetables and egg noodles and turning leftover bread into croutons.
"The sky's the limit," said LeBarre. "It's all based on the imagination."
Galway Hooker Irish Pub, 17044 Kenton Drive, Cornelius. 704-895-1782. www.galwayhookerpub.com.
Flatiron Kitchen + Tap House offers seasonal menu
Looking to try a restaurant that takes advantage of Lake Norman's local food movement?
The Flatiron Kitchen + Tap House, in the Stowe's Corner Building in Davidson, prides itself on offering a seasonal menu with offerings picked up down the street at the Davidson Farmer's Market.
The fall menu has items such as warm goat cheese dip, fall roasted squash bisque and slow-cooked wagyu brisket.
215 S. Main St., Davidson, 704-237-3359. www.flatirononmain.com.
XO Restaurant and Lounge Closes
After opening in 2009, XO Restaurant and Lounge, known for its modern interior and tapas, has closed.