The aftermath of Thanksgiving Day always leaves us with plenty of fond memories, and it usually provides us with plenty of leftover food as well. After all the hard work you put into preparing your Thanksgiving meal, what sense would it make to let any of it go to waste? Try repurposing your Turkey Day leftovers using these simple and scrumptious recipe ideas.
1. Crispy Mashed Potato and Stuffing Patties
If you found yourself with an excess of turkey and stuffing, you can combine it with your leftover mashed potatoes to create these fun and delicious breakfast treats. Taste of Home has all the details for this quick and tasty recipe.
2. Crock Pot Turkey Pumpkin Chili
So you grabbed more canned pumpkin than you ended up needing for your Thanksgiving feast--no problem! You can combine your leftover turkey with that canned pumpkin to create a delicious and comforting fall chili. Country Living provides the ingredients and instructions for this heartwarming dish.
3. Thanksgiving Lasagna
This could probably more accurately be called "Post-Thanksgiving Lasagna", but why quibble over semantics? Chock-full of leftover shredded turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans (or any other leftover green veggie), and a nice dose of Gruyere cheese, this flavorful lasagna takes on a life of its own, and it might leave you wondering why you don't whip it up as a dinner dish throughout the year! Delish gives you all the recipe details for this creative concoction.
4. Turkey Club Pizza
Scientists agree that most of the problems of mankind could be solved with pizza, and that includes pizza that features reimagined Thanksgiving leftovers. Southern Living provides the skinny on how to bake this delicious and surprisingly light dish.
5. Cranberry Walnut Oatmeal
What better way to put that leftover cranberry sauce to use than to make a delectable oatmeal dish that you can enjoy on a cold fall morning? Taste of Home will show you how to transform your excess cranberry sauce into an absolute breakfast delight.
6. Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole
When you combine your favorite Thanksgiving hits (leftover turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed potatoes, etc.) into this hearty casserole dish, you can't help but feel like you're recreating the magic of Thanksgiving all over again. This flavor-rich casserole from Favorite Family Recipes is a masterful take on repurposing leftover Thanksgiving ingredients into a wonderful baked dish that won't taste dried out when it's all said and done.
7. Turkey Milanese
From the mind of virtuoso chef Bobby Flay comes this sophisticated yet simple dish that "upcycles" your Thanksgiving leftovers into culinary glory. Imagine frying your leftover turkey breasts to a golden crisp, and then topping them off with a scrumptious sauce made of leftover turkey gravy and thinly sliced cremini mushrooms. Yes, it tastes just as good as it sounds. Food Network has the recipe for this post-Turkey Day masterpiece.
There's no need to resign yourself to boring microwaved Thanksgiving leftovers. Use the recipe ideas listed above to reinvent your excess Thanksgiving fare, so that you can continue to enjoy the bounties of this special holiday!