You almost always have way too much food left over after Thanksgiving dinner, probably enough to feed a small army between the many dishes you made and the ones brought by family members and guests. Even with your best efforts to send food home with others as they leave, you still have lots of leftovers. How many turkey sandwiches with cranberry sauce can you eat? Here are seven options to turn those leftovers into something different, delicious, and creative.
Next-Day Turkey Soup
For most of the country, the weather in late November is cool and blustery. The weekend after Thanksgiving is chock full of football games and movies and, if you’re really ambitious, shopping. A nice, warm, healthy soup is a great first start to using up the turkey carcass and leftover vegetables all in one. This Next-Day Turkey soup from Foodnetwork.com is a great start in using up that leftover turkey
Cheesy Leftover Mashed Potato Cakes
Turn plain mashed potatoes from Thanksgiving into yummy, cheesy potato cakes. These cakes can be eaten at any time of the day: with eggs for breakfast, with soup for lunch, or on their own as a snack. These cakes from www.justataste.com are quick, easy, and delicious!
Leftover Turkey Stuffing Muffins
OK, forget Thanksgiving, this one is a keeper for any time of the year. Unless stuffing is a true favorite in your home, there is usually a ton left and, often times, it gets thrown out. Making muffins out of the stuffing creates a new twist on the “dinner roll” and the muffins go well with most meals or on their own. Top these muffins with cranberry sauce and use three leftovers at once. This recipe from www.justataste.com shows you how.
This dish is a favorite leftover recipe. It’s a full meal in one, with turkey, pasta, mushrooms, and parmesan cheese. Serve with a salad and you have a great dinner. This recipe is from Giada De Laurentis at Foodnetwork.com. The recipe calls for chicken, but just swap out the chicken for the turkey.
Casserole Queen Pot Pie
This dish is by far the best, pot-pie recipe. It’s easy and the only crust is puff pastry on the top. Using either leftover turkey from Thanksgiving or chicken, this recipe is one that can be used throughout the year and never disappoints. Find the recipe at Oprah.com.
Cheesy Green-Bean-Casserole Sliders
Green-bean casserole – you either love it or hate it, but someone always brings one to Thanksgiving dinner. This recipe is a creative way to use multiple left-over items: turkey, green-bean casserole, and dinner rolls. And they are great for snacking on while watching all those football games! Find the recipe for Cheesy Green-Bean Casserole Sliders at www.tablespoon.com.
Pumpkin Pie Leftovers
How about turning that leftover pumpkin pie into something different the next day? Spoonuniversity.com has three great options: Pumpkin Pie Milkshake, Pumpkin Pie Truffles, and Pumpkin Pie Trifle.
Happy Thanksgiving and cheers to the holidays!
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