23 Ways To Use Up *All* Those Thanksgiving Leftovers

November 25, 2017

Whether you stuff rolls with slices of turkey and ham, or spoonfuls of green bean casserole and creamy mashed potatoes—the Thanksgiving leftover sandwich is as classic as the bird itself. But even tried-and-true favorites can get a bit stale; there’re only so many sandwiches you can stomach.

Instead, transform your turkey into a comforting pho or pot pie. Fry up mashed potatoes into savory pancakes or swirl spoonfuls into cake batter for moist, rich slices. Puree roasted roots into soups and whisk gravy or stocks into vinaigrettes. Even leftover pumpkin can make smooth and silky spreads. So, go ahead and make your sandwich. But then try one of these 23 new ways to clean the fridge.

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M.McAwesome November 27, 2017
Make enchiladas. My dad came up with this idea this year to use up a lot of turkey because he made 2 turkeys for 9 people.
AntoniaJames November 25, 2017
Dinner last night: waffles made from sausage stuffing; topped with the bacon and tamari gravy, recipe posted here recently (made with lots of thyme and good rich turkey stock). Great fun and so tasty. Leftover waffles + a fried egg on top = tomorrow's breakfast!

I recommend Burt Greene's frittera, a fine Genius recipe that is too often overlooked. We're not big fans of mashed potatoes but I'll make mashed potatoes just for those. Especially good with green garlic! ;o)
HalfPint November 27, 2017
I basically did the same thing but not waffles because I was lazy about cleaning the waffle iron. Pan-fried left over sausage stuffing, topped it with a fried egg. Yes, it was delicious!