A few days after Thanksgiving I definitely get tired of the old turkey and gravy sandwich with a side of potatoes and cranberry sauce.. Can it get anymore boring? There has to be another way?! Well let me tell you there is! I’ve found many unique and fun recipes that play with the flavors of Thanksgiving while making sure you use up everything in your fridge!
Now if you think about it the options are endless! There are recipes here that put all of your leftovers together and you can use them all at once or (like I like to do) choose four or five different recipes and experiment with flavors and textures. That’s the best part for me I really love experimenting and finding new ways to cook food. I am my own critic when it comes to textures in my food, I find myself making sure that there are at least two different textures in everything I cook. I am not sure what it is but I love when you bite into something and you get both creamy and crunchy it’s the best feeling. And really, to be honest there’s something really unsatisfying of the same texture in your mouth for a whole meal. Anyways, I’ve just admitted to you my weird OCD flaw, you guys are getting to know me very quickly! LOL 🙂
Back to leftovers, I love working with leftovers because you get to be creative depending on what you’ve got the options are endless. In this case we are specifically working with Thanksgiving leftovers, so assuming everyone has turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, gravy, the whole works. I’ve worked out a few really unique and fun ways to use your leftover Thanksgiving meal.
Thanksgiving Shepard’s Pie– I love this idea of a Shepard’s pie, like I said earlier this is a meal that you can basically use all of your leftovers in one dish. For this recipe you use the stuffing as the crust, leftover number 1. For the filling, of course use the turkey, a bag or frozen peas, some leftover roasted carrots maybe? If you have them if not it’s a great addition here. The recipe calls for adding in cubed sweet potatoes now this totally works if you made roasted sweat potatoes and not mashed, so it’s up to you if you want to add more sweet potatoes or leave it out here. Instead of using more potatoes, I would use your mashed sweet potatoes here instead maybe in small dollops if you don’t want to cut up more potatoes, don’t forget about those cranberries as well they give a great tartness to this rich dish. Add a little flour, some milk and butter and you have yourself a meal! Make sure you warm up that gravy too! It’s great to ladle right on top of your pie!
Stuffing Waffles– This is probably one of the easiest leftover recipes there are, it doesn’t need much to make these waffles shine! You’ll need of course your leftover stuffing, a couple of eggs, your leftover cranberry sauce and gravy to make this meal picture perfect! I unfortunately don’t have a waffle maker, this may need to be the next kitchen gadget I purchase though. Beyond this recipe there are so many great things you can do with a waffles maker, well besides making awesome waffles all the time! These stuffing waffles are great for a Sunday brunch, you can get your savory and sweet tooth going here and again here you find two types of food textures, the crunchy outside of the waffle and the fluffy soft inside. You can’t get better than that!!
*On another note a great way to use your waffles maker is using your leftover mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes! Mix up you left over potatoes either one I suggest with regular mashed add in scallions, cheddar cheese, a little milk and create a potato waffle! serve with a dollop of sour cream and some chives and you’ve basically got a baked potato! Well kind of haha! When using your leftover mashed sweet potatoes, I suggest using some brown sugar, pecans, a little milk here as well and serve with butter and more brown sugar!
Thanksgiving Club Sandwich- Now don’t get me wrong, yes, this is a sandwich but it’s the KING of Thanksgiving sandwiches!! And you don’t even need a recipe for this one it really comes down to how creative you can get and how tall you can build your sandwich! Yup challenge accepted!! 🙂 Use leftover cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes as your “glue” for you sandwich add a layer of stuffing, a few pieces of turkey, some lettuce for a fresh crunch, you could also melt a piece of cheddar cheese to add an ooouy tang to your sandwich. Then when your at your fourth layer you have a momentous decision to make, top it off with your final piece of bread, or keep building!??! If you decide to complete your sammie here no judgement, at least you will for sure know that you wont end up with sandwich all over your kitchen after a four level sandwich falls when you turn your back on it…oops :/ Anyways for those whose sandwiches didn’t fall make sure to use some gravy as a dipping sauce it really completes your meal! *You could also make this a hot turkey sandwich and toast everything up, or panini press it!
Turkey Cranberry Quesadillas-Another super easy one, and something that everyone can enjoy for lunch or a quick snack! All you need are a couple flour tortillas, shredded cheese of your choice, pulled turkey, and cranberry sauce! Super easy! Layer your ingredients, make sure to butter the outside of your tortillas and pan fry. Sooo delicious!
Turkey Stromboli– I love the idea of this, you are literally wrapping up everything and making it into a nice pinwheel dinner! You’ll need pizza dough, sweet potatoes, or regular mashed, creamed corn, stuffing, turkey, gravy.. and my mouth is watering! This is so simple line out your ingredients on the dough fold the edges over, and roll up tight! Bake, and enjoy with extra gravy for dipping.
I love working with leftovers! I hope this gave you a bit more insight into what to do with your leftovers this year! Get creative, have fun and don’t forget about those textures!