10 Ways to Reinvent Thanksgiving Leftovers — Fall Fest

by in Holidays, November 27th, 2013

Open-Faced Thanksgiving Leftover SandwichFast-forward to tomorrow, when you’ll be ladling heaps of mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and cranberry sauce on your plate. Try as we might, your fridge is likely to be stacked to the brim with Thanksgiving leftovers, no matter how many rounds you and your guests enjoy. Rather than simply serving Thanksgiving on repeat — again and again and again — reinvent your favorite sides with recipes that won’t leave a drop to waste.

Start with the classic Open-Faced Thanksgiving Sandwich, the timeless stacking of turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and stuffing. Chances are, you’ll whip one of these up before bedtime tomorrow.

Even the biggest meal of the year will leave you hungry the next morning. Crack a few eggs and load up Food Network Magazine’s Extra-Veggie Frittata with your leftover sides, like stuffing, seasonal broccoli, cauliflower and more.

The decadence of the holidays is only just beginning. Keep things light with a Turkey Waldorf Salad laden with shredded leftover turkey, crisp in-season apples and red grapes.

From crispy Mashed Potato Cakes to Rachael’s Turkey Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie, there are so many ways to repurpose your mashed potatoes, whether as a side dish or a main dish’s cherry on top.

Make Friday night’s meal as stately as the night before with Food Network Magazine’s Turkey Dumpling Stew (pictured above). In-season parsnips, green beans and carrots are as comforting as it gets when cooked down with homemade dumplings and roasted turkey.

Leave it to Next-Day Turkey Soup with Mashed Potato Polpetti to put all of your pesky leftovers to use. Yes, all of them — everything from the mashed potatoes and the Brussels sprouts to the sweet potatoes and the green beans.

Fix an easy, crowd-pleasing Turkey Pot Pie with the turkey, potatoes and carrots that went unused. Store-bought pie crust makes it an easy weeknight meal, especially if leftovers are lasting into next week.

Do comfort food differently with a Mexican Turkey and Squash Stew that spices up your standard turkey and combines it with tender pieces of seasonal squash and red-skinned potatoes.

Lastly, leave it to your leftovers to make smart sweets that’ll get demolished no matter your level of fullness. For instance, bake chunky cranberry relish and leftover roasted carrots into these moist-as-can-be day-after Cranberry-Carrot Muffins.

With these dishes, you can plan your post-feast game plan before dinner even hits the table tomorrow.

Get more Thanksgiving leftover recipes from friends and family:

Jeanette’s Healthy Living: Layered Thanksgiving Leftovers Casserole {30+ Healthy Leftover Turkey Recipes}
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Smashed Potato Tacos with Guacamole & Pico di Gallo
Red or Green: Spiced Winter Squash Muffins
Virtually Homemade: Mashed Potato Pancakes with Homemade Applesauce
Feed Me Phoebe: Turkey Noodle Soup with Ginger and Cilantro
Weelicious: Turkey Shepherd’s Pot Pie
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Cabbage Roll Stuffed Cabbage with Turkey
Domesticate Me: Mashed Potato Pancakes with Goat Cheese and Chives
The Sensitive Epicure: Cranberry Almond Pancakes with Maple Bourbon Cranberry Syrup (Gluten-Free)
Dishin & Dishes: Turkey Quesadillas with Spicy Cranberry Cream

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