Thanksgiving is an odd holiday. We look forward to gorging ourselves on an excess of food and drink for an entire afternoon and evening. Then, for the next two weeks, we have to figure out how to eat or deal with the plethora of food that we cooked for our one feast. Here are some simple suggestions for what to do with these leftovers.
- Turkey soup: Winter approaches. Soup is great. You have a turkey carcass that can’t go to waste. Cook the carcass with some veggies for at least an hour. Use this as a base for a variety of awesome homemade soups.
- Sandwiches: This is perhaps the easiest suggestion. You don’t even have to reheat anything. Just add some cranberry sauce, greens, and maybe some cheese. Or just substitute turkey wherever you would use deli meats.
- Pot pie: Buy pie crust. Fill pie crust with leftover turkey, veggies, and gravy. Bake with some herbs and seasoning.
- Fried foods: Forget being healthy. It’s Thanksgiving leftovers we’re talking about. Anything from the stuffing to macaroni and cheese to turkey can be coated and fried to turn it into a delicious second meal. Try dipping fried bites in cranberry sauce.
- What about the potatoes?: Mashed potatoes and gravy gets tiring to eat over and over. Mix the potatoes with veggies, cilantro, ginger, curry powder, and cayenne pepper before baking them in triangles of previously purchased puff pastry. More easily, mix egg, cheese, potatoes, chives and turkey. Scoop these into a muffin tin and bake them.
- Just add egg: You can take any combination of your meat and vegetable leftovers and toss them in a pan with some scrambled eggs. Keep stirring to make it a scramble, or bake it with cheese on top to finish off a frittata.
Do you have any other ideas for Thanksgiving leftovers? Share them in the comments!