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There are 184 days until Thanksgiving — halfway there! — and our editors and recipe developers are busy dreaming up the best feast ever for FoodNetwork.com. Here’s a sneak peek: the all-in-one, do-it-all, why-choose-one Everything Pie — Apple, Pecan and Pumpkin. Look out for it this fall on FoodNetwork.com. In the meantime, there are plenty of Thanksgiving-y foods that work all year long, like these green beans, mashed potatoes and pumpkin bread. Why wait? Celebrate #halfwaytothanksgiving.
Even though Thanksgiving has come and gone, the feast continues to give as you find ways to grant the leftovers a second life in made-over dishes all weekend long. Turkey soup and sandwiches are timeless choices, but there are indeed ways to dress them up this year, plus other ideas for making the most out of the side dishes as well. Sunny recommends frying the stuffing into eat-with-your-hands bites, while Rachael creates a casserole out of the meat and mushrooms. Check out Food Network’s top-five recipes for Thanksgiving leftovers below to find the how-tos for making these next-day favorites and more.
5. Second-Day Fried Stuffing Bites with Cranberry Sauce Pesto — It doesn’t matter whether you’ve made stuffing with sourdough, cornbread or another bread variety on Thanksgiving; put what’s left to work in Sunny’s two-bite beauties pictured above. They’re crispy on the outside with a tender center of stuffing, and they’re best served with a pestolike mixture of tangy-sweet cranberry sauce and crunchy walnuts.
4. Turkey, Mushroom and Corn Mexican Casserole — Not only does Rachael’s cheesy, comforting casserole feature leftover turkey, but it also incorporates some of the miscellaneous items — like chicken stock, cream, mushrooms and onions — that you have in your refrigerator after the holiday.
You may remember the waffle obsession we revealed earlier this month. Well, in addition to 12 Favorite Foods Totally Transformed with a Waffle Iron and 8 Classic and Creative Waffle Recipes, Food Network Kitchens came up with one more waffled meal especially for Thanksgiving. Instead of the same-old turkey sandwiches, put a waffled spin on your day-after feast this year. Leftover stuffing works perfectly in waffle form — just top it with all the trimmings for a unique and satisfying brunch dish.
Get the Recipe: Waffled Leftover Thanksgiving Brunch
Check out more inspired recipes for Thanksgiving leftovers and tell us: What new dishes do you make with your leftovers?
The beauty of making cocktails is that beyond a stocked liquor cabinet, it takes few extra ingredients to mix up a drink that’s every bit as party-ready as it is deliciously satisfying. With just some pantry spices, a splash of milk or fresh fruit, you can transform the everyday shaken sipper into a dressed-up drink worthy of a celebration. When it comes to seasonal cocktails for the holidays, try warming up some of the liquor for a comforting cup, and opt for fragrant spices like cinnamon and nutmeg to add flavors that will naturally complement what you’re eating. Check out Food Network’s top-five Thanksgiving cocktails below from Giada, Sunny, Alton and more chefs to find the ultimate collection of drinks that are ideal for Turkey Day entertaining.
5. Dolan’s Delicious Hot Buttered Rum — Swapping in hot water for the hot milk will offer a thinner consistency to this classically rich cocktail, finished with a floating pat of butter and a dusting of nutmeg before serving.
4. Spiced Bourbon, Beer and Maple Martinis — To make sure you get the most flavor possible out of her sweet and spicy cocktail, Giada recommends shaking the bourbon, beer and syrup with ice cubes and chilling the martini glasses. She serves each drink with a chile for subtle heat and a striking presentation.
Fast-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.
With less than 48 hours to go before Turkey Day, you’re in the homestretch. If you’re still looking for that show-stopping Thanksgiving recipe, we’ve rounded up our 20 best Thanksgiving recipes of all time. With five-star recipes and more than 10,000 reviews, you’ve got your pick of tried-and-true recipes for the holiday.
For Turkey Day, Food Network stars aren’t just making masterpieces in the oven; they’re also setting an impressive holiday table for dinner guests. With a few tips and tricks from Giada, Ina and Sandra, you can turn your dining room table into one fit for a Thanksgiving celebration.
Giada likes to spoil each of her guests with their own dish for olive oil. At each guest’s place setting, there’s also a special place card. “I have the person’s name on one side,” says Giada, “and on the other side I have his or her favorite hobby or passion. It’s a great conversation starter and it guarantees that the night will be full of laughs and lots of fun.”
To make kids feel extra special at their Thanksgiving table, Giada makes homemade chocolate-covered pretzels covered in sprinkles, and then wraps them up with a nametag for each child. Instead of a tablecloth, Giada rolls out butcher paper to give kids a place to draw on.
A Thanksgiving feast isn’t complete without dessert, and this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week will surely impress your guests. Food Network Magazine couldn’t get the secret recipe for the Cheesecake Factory’s famous slice, so the chefs made their own creamy, decadent version. See if you can tell the difference.
For more Thanksgiving recipe inspiration, visit Food Network’s Let’s Celebrate Thanksgiving board on Pinterest.
Get the Recipe: Food Network Magazine’s Ultimate Pumpkin Cheesecake
(Photo courtesy of Ellie Miller)
Thanksgiving Live! may be over, but there’s more turkey talk on our Google+ Hangout. The conversation continues with Alton, Bobby, Giada and Ina, who are joined by Jeff Mauro, Sunny Anderson, Katie Lee and Marcela Valladolid. Post your questions on Google+ and watch the Hangout below.