5 New Ways to Eat Thanksgiving Leftovers
12.02.2019 Meat Tip Monday
Thanksgiving has officially come and gone; our stomaches are full and so are our fridges with mountains of mashed potatoes and piles of leftover turkey. Instead of reheating the same stuffing, turkey, cranberry sauce, and sweet potatoes over and over again, combine all your dishes together to create a brand new meal with all your favorite Thanksgiving flavors! Learn five new ways to eat up all those Thanksgiving leftovers below.
1. Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich
A classic way to reuse your remaining Thanksgiving turkey and side dishes is to pile them high between two slices of bread! Start with one slice of bread (your choice!) then stack a leaf of lettuce, 2-3 slices of turkey, a big scoop of mashed potatoes, a handful of stuffing, drizzle on cranberry sauce, and add the second slice of bread on top. For the exact measurements, read Home Made Interest’s recipe here!
2. Thanksgiving Leftover Tacos
Enjoy your grandmother’s traditional Thanksgiving dish the next day as a taco – because who doesn’t like tacos? Simply, toast a flour tortilla using a gas stove or a boiler and fill it with shredded turkey, stuffing, sweet or mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce. Feel free to add any other leftovers you have or substitute these side dishes for others. For the full recipe, read Table for Two’s blog post here!
3. Thanksgiving Leftover Quesadillas
If quesadillas are more your style, we recommend this 3-cheese turkey, cranberry, and sage quesadilla by The Cookie Rookie. All you have to do is heat a wheat wrap or tortilla in a skillet and add your fillings: shredded turkey, cranberry sauce, chopped sage, and 3 flavors of shredded cheese (this recipe used cheddar, pepperjack, and asiago). Grill the quesadilla for about 5 minutes on each side, cut into fourths to serve, and enjoy!
4. Thanksgiving Leftover Balls
Enjoy all the flavors of Thanksgiving in a single bite with these deep fried balls stuffed with turkey, stuffing, and parmesan cheese; wrapped in mashed potatoes; and drizzled with gravy. First, combine finely shredded turkey, chopped stuffing, grated parmesan cheese, and parsley then form into balls. Wrap the balls in cold mashed potatoes and roll them in flour, a beaten egg, and panko crumbs. Lastly, deep fry and drizzle gravy over each ball – and voilá! For the full cooking details, read Real Food by Dad’s blog post here.
5. Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole
If you’re in need of a quick and easy way to use up those Thanksgiving leftovers, this casserole is for you! The recipe calls for chopped cornbread, diced turkey, gravy, peas, carrots, and green beans. Feel free to substitute the cornbread for stuffing or noodles as well as the peas, carrots, and green beans for any other vegetables. Read the full recipe by Dinner then Dessert here!
We hope you try our five ways to eat Thanksgiving leftovers and share these recipes with your family and friends!