Five Clever Ways To Use Thanksgiving Leftovers
Now that Thanksgiving dinner is over and expensive china has been put away, it’s time to come up with new ideas to use up all those leftovers stocked in the fridge. After all, there are only so many turkey sandwiches anyone can stomach.
Wondering what to cook for your next meal? Fret not! I’ve got you covered! Here are five creative ways to make the most of all those Turkey Day leftovers:
- Turkey And Gravy: Besides burgers and sandwiches, leftover turkey can be reinvented into a variety of delish dishes like soup, salad, burritos, enchiladas, pizza and pot pie. This Turkey Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe is also highly recommended. But if you don’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen, try simpler recipes like this Leftover Turkey in Creamy Mushroom Sauce or this Turkey Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette – which happens to be my absolute favorite! Similarly, extra turkey gravy can be used to put together entirely new meals – from Turkey and Gravy Dumplings and Turkey Dinner Muffins to Poutine and Biscuits and Gravy, the options are endless!
- Stuffing: Give this Turkey Day staple a fun makeover by turning it into delectable eats like Stuffed Peppers, Bacon Wrapped Stuffing Bites, Stuffing Burritos, Stuffing Waffles and Breakfast Hash. Meanwhile, if you’re craving for some comfort food, try this Turkey and Stuffing Dumpling Soup recipe. Pair it with croutons (well, hello there, leftover bread!) or winter salad for a hearty weekend dinner. Other than croutons, excess bread can also be made into panini, patties, crust treats and savory pudding.
- Mashed Potatoes: Tired of gobbling down plain leftover spuds? Transform them into easy post-Thanksgiving breakfast options like these Cheesy Leftover Mashed Potato Muffins or these delightful Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes. You can also use them to make mouthwatering appetizers – think Mashed Potato Croquettes, Onion, Cheese, Mashed Potato Puffs or Spinach and Garlic Potato Patties. What’s more, you can even use them to whip up delish desserts like Mashed Potato Truffles or this decadent Chocolate Mashed Potato Cake with Tahini drizzle.
- Green Beans: When it comes to leftover green beans, you can never go wrong with a warming Ham and Green Bean Soup or Green Bean Frittata. Or, you could eat them for weekend dinner as Green Bean Mushroom Tart, Sichuan Dry-Fried Green Beans or Green Beans and Bacon with Pasta. The Vitamin-C packed veggie can also be used to make healthy, hassle-free lunch salads. For some quick food-spiration, check out these recipes for Garlic Green Bean Salad and Green Bean Salad with Toasted Almonds and Feta.
- Dessert: Instead of shoving spoonfuls of leftover apple pie to satiate your midnight sugar cravings, turn it into scrumptious Stuffed French Toast, Apple Dump Cake or Apple Pie Yogurt Parfait. Meanwhile, classic pumpkin pie can be enjoyed as Pumpkin Pie Brulée, Pumpkin Pie Casserole and Pumpkin Spiced Bread. In addition, you can also use leftover apple or pumpkin pie to whip up smoothies and milkshakes for a quick morning pick me up.
And if the leftovers are too much to deal with, don’t throw them away. Instead, spread some Holiday cheer by donating them to a local food bank or homeless shelter.
artikel by :forbes.com