I love Thanksgiving! Family, friends, football and a weekend of wonderful delicious food. One of the best parts of the weekend is the leftovers! If you are lucky you will have so much left over you will be able to make an assortment of new dishes for the week ahead and for your freezer. One thing for sure – there are so many options to choose from … make sure you use it all up so none ends up going to waste!
Prep A Few Meals For The Week
One of the easiest things to do is to invest in some multi-compartment food containers and fill them up with leftover mashed potatoes, turkey, stuffing, and/or veggies. That makes it easy to grab and go for lunch or even dinner on these hectic nights. Just think of the extra cash left in your wallet not having to buy takeout for lunch for a few days!
Of course there are always infamous turkey sandwiches. How do you like yours? Our favorite sandwich has to be turkey panini’s. We build ours starting with Ciabatta bread spread with mayo. Next is a layer of cranberry sauce topped with shredded turkey. A little layer of stuffing, a tad more cranberry with a thin layer of green bean casserole or creamed spinach topped with lettuce. In the panini maker or waffle iron it goes – OH YEAH! Do you still have a ton of Thanksgiving leftovers? How about turkey noodle soup or even a cream of potato soup. I made soup for lunch yesterday using leftover mashed potatoes, some turkey stock, a few leftover sautéed spaetzle and mushrooms and then stirred in the rest of the Asiago creamed spinach. It was delicious! It was SO good that my family asked me to make sure and write down how I made it so I can recreate it in the future. I’ll consider that a win!
Make A Pie …
What’s not to like about tossing together a shepherd’s pie, pot pie, or even a homemade “Hot Pocket”. Any of these could easily use up all the leftover mashed potatoes, side veggie dishes and turkey that are hanging out in your fridge. Best part – just throw in whatever you have and come up with a delicious new twist on a classic comfort food. I use Pillsbury Crescent rolls to make my own hot pockets or to top my pot pies.
Make Cranberry Crescent Treats
If you’ve got some leftover cranberry sauce but have finished all your turkey, try putting together a cranberry crescent treat. All you need is a package of crescent rolls, your cranberry sauce (mine has nuts and pineapple in it) and some sugar. Just dab some filling on a crescent roll, roll it up and sprinkle with sugar. Bake until golden. This is a great way to finish something that you could otherwise end up tossing out and is a delicious twist for dessert.
Thanksgiving Hot Dish
Last but not least, there is always a Thanksgiving Hot Dish. All you need to do is toss a combination of leftovers into a casserole dish, top with a little cheese and bake at 350 until hot brown and bubbly. Another option … Cook some pasta and create a tetrazzini or even steam some rice if your Thanksgiving dinner does not include a type of rice casserole. Use your imagination! No extra dishes and a delicious new meal. We had the turkey tetrazzini pictured above last night and I had enough to freeze one casserole for later!
I hope that you are now inspired to get creative with your Thanksgiving leftovers. Make sure and share your ideas to create new meals out of your Thanksgiving leftovers.
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