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Making Magic with Thanksgiving Leftovers

At my house, we go all out for Thanksgiving. Why do we make so much food? One word: leftovers! I view Thanksgiving leftovers as a challenge to making the most creative recipes I can.

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.

Turkey

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!

Tomatillo Turkey EnchiladasCranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is great on a variety of meats or even spread on your morning toast, but take it a step further with these recipes. (Plus they’re perfect for eating while watching the game!)

Five-Spice Cranberry Glazed Chicken WingsPumpkin

You might have a leftover can or partial can of pumpkin puree hanging around. Think past pie and try one of these twists.

Pumpkin-Blue Cheese BiscuitsPotatoes

Cooked potatoes can be repurposed for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Add extra milk or butter when reheating mashed potatoes to keep them creamy.

Sweet Potato GnocchiHow do you use your Thanksgiving leftovers?

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