At my house, we go all out for Thanksgiving. Even though there are only two adults and two children, we usually do up a whole turkey and all the standard fixings. Why do we make so much food? One word: leftovers!
While leftovers might not be appealing for everyone in the family, I view Thanksgiving leftovers as a challenge to making the most creative recipes I can.
Almost everyone has leftover turkey, so view this as your time to shine in the kitchen. Remove all the meat from the carcass the night of Thanksgiving, portion it into freezer-safe bags, and freeze what you won’t use within a couple of days. This will help reduce pressure on using things up, and give you a stash for future recipes!
Cranberry sauce is great spread on toast or paired with Greek yogurt, but take it a step further and pump up some salsa or create a glaze for chicken wings. Leftover whole cranberries can be used for this Cranberry Bakewell Tart.
Cooked potatoes can be repurposed for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Add extra milk or butter when reheating mashed potatoes to keep them creamy. Use mashed sweet potatoes to make these Sweet Potato Gnocchi.
Want to go all out? Check out our ultimate Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich in this video:
Need some more ideas? Try these recipes on for size.
What do you make with Thanksgiving leftovers? Share in the comments!