Ahhh… holiday dinners. Family, loads of fun and football too. And, of course, the food. Lots and lots of feasting. And fowl. We’re sure you’ll agree that whatever dishes are placed on your holiday table, that big, juicy golden turkey is going to take center stage. Add traditional sides like stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, sweet potato casserole, super creamy green bean casserole – it’s like filling your plate with the tastes of America.
We’re drooling – and getting our stretchy pants ready – just thinking about it.
But you know what comes after a successful holiday dinner? You got it. Leftovers. Unless you’re a skilled mathematician capable of making exactly the right amount of food your guests will fork up, there’ll be loads of everything to pack up at the end of the meal.
But what do to with all that food?
Let’s face it. Nobody wants to hear the dreaded refrain of “What? We’re having leftover turkey again?” Instead of revisiting that same meal again and again and again, make some magic with what’s filling those containers stacked in your refrigerator. Done right, you can re-use your delicious holiday dinner without the Ghosts of Turkey Past coming a-calling.
Talk about waste not, want not. This delightful casserole layers up the key components of your festive meal and magically turns them into something (nearly) better than the original. Leftovers used: turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole.
Grab the recipe: Thrilllist.com
Stop! Don’t throw that turkey carcass out. Instead, toss it in a pot and get started on the broth for this warming, healthy soup. Don’t worry if you bought too many sweet potatoes or an extra pile of green beans because you’ll need those too. Leftovers used: turkey carcass, turkey meat, raw sweet potatoes, raw green beans.
Grab the recipe: FoodNetwork.com
Lots of dishes taste better the second day, but mashed potatoes are not one of them. Give those taters a second life when you mix them up with leftover stuffing and chopped turkey meat, form them into patties, then fry them to a golden, crispy brown. Do they look delicious, or what? Leftovers used: mashed potatoes, stuffing, turkey meat.
Grab the recipe: TasteofHome.com
You might be so full after dinner that you swear you’ll never eat again. But you will, trust us. So don’t forget about breakfast the next day. Make the most of your family time and the leftover turkey and whip up a delicious breakfast hash. The best part? The ingredient quantities are flexible, so no matter what you’ve got left, you’re good to go. Leftovers used: Chopped turkey, unused Chorizo sausage (or whatever you use in your stuffing), raw brussel sprouts.
Grab the recipe: FromAway.com
After the big meal you might be feeling the need for something fresh, crisp and a little lighter tasting? Turkey sandwiches, while a fan favorite, are, well, slightly pedestrian. So ditch the bread and go rogue with this club sandwich inspired salad. Don’t feel too virtuous though – there’s loads of bacon topping these greens. Leftovers used: chopped turkey.
Grab the recipe: FramedCooks.com
Is it a pie? Or is it a milkshake? Maybe it’s both! This decadent sweet treat doesn’t just have the flavors of pumpkin pie blended in, it has actual pumpkin pie as its base. Yes, we’re 100% serious. Leftovers used: pumpkin pie…(as if!)
Grab the recipe: ABeautifulPlate.com
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