Ways to use those Thanksgiving leftovers

 sweet potato pancakes

Our non-U.S. members may be getting weary of our Thanksgiving posts, but it’s hard to overlook the one holiday truly devoted to eating. This will be the final post of the year on Thanksgiving, to help out those (like me) who made too much – I mean, a generous amount of food yesterday.

Marcus Samuelsson has a few ideas – ten to be exact, His article, 10 Recipes, 10 Ways To Deliciously Use Your Thanksgiving Leftovers deals with all the ingredients of a traditional Thanksgiving menu. Among other ideas, he includes a turkey split sandwich (with pickles!), turkey ramen, cranberry cornbread trifle, mac-n-cheese made with stuffing, Turkish candied squash, and even a recipe for glögg (a hot drink made with almonds). 

Food52 has even more options – they’ve got 25 ways to reinvigorate your Thanksgiving leftovers. The list includes several items to make with leftover pumpkin including a breakfast parfait and a quick bread. The article also has some great ideas on what to do with more obscure leftovers such as nuts, chocolate, and parsnips.

This morning I took leftover stuffing and made waffles with it, and served them with fried eggs – my husband gave a thumbs up to this idea. Other leftover standbys include turkey tetrazzinipotato pancakes, and turkey pot pie.

Leftover cranberry sauce can be swirled into your favorite muffin or pancake batter to add a dash of color and a splash of flavor. Another clever use is a barbecue sauce that starts with a base of leftover cranberry sauce. That link also contains a good tip on freezing leftover mashed potatoes to use as a topping for a future shepherd’s pie. For even more variety, you can spice things up with a recipe for tamales made with leftover turkey. What is your favorite thing to make with Thanksgiving leftovers?

Photo of Sweet potato pancakes made with leftover mashed sweet potatoes from indexed blog Serious Eats

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  • Jane  on  November 24, 2017

    My favorite stuffing is made with sourdough bread, artichokes and sausage. I make a huge pan so I have leftovers to make a strata (the stuffing soaked in eggs then baked) which I serve with leftover cranberry sauce. It's even better than the original stuffing.

  • Rinshin  on  November 25, 2017

    All these ideas are welcome. We ate leftovers yesterday for lunch and dinner. For lunch, just made it into breakfast wrap with eggs, leftover stuffing, veggies, and turkey. Also, made turkey and noodle soup with curry yesterday with the carcass. Today, I made turkey salad using Jacques Pepin's recipe for chicken salad. Still have turkey met, small amt of stuffing, and very small amount o cranberry sauce. I like the idea of cranberry sauce being used in muffins. I might incorporate into sauce for pancakes.

  • Suirauqa  on  November 26, 2017

    Wow JANE that stuffing sound delicious and I am definitely going to make it. Plus I luuurve stratas. Thank YOU.

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