What To Do With Those Thanksgiving Leftovers

Are you one of those people who thinks the best thing about Thanksgiving is the leftovers? Check out these recipes for creative ideas for the day-after feast.


By now everyone has gotten their two cents in about the best way to cook and carve a turkey, whether the potatoes should be creamy or lumpy, the proper way to make a pie crust, and whether to call it stuffing or dressing.

But now that Thanksgiving has passed, who knows the proper way to prepare the leftovers?

There are tons of ideas floating around on the internet, and some of you probably have your own traditional leftover dishes. The following recipes will help you create meals that use every last bit of Thanksgiving goodness, right down to the cornbread crumbs and turkey bones. 

Martha Stewart has a gallery of easy leftover dishes to make on a day you might need a break from long hours in the kitchen. Other major online food sites also have ideas for day-after meals. Check out the Food Network's ideas, suggestions from allrecipes.com, Serious Eats

For a gluten-free Turkey Soup recipe, try the Gluten-Free Goddess’s blog, and for a break-down of how to make stock out of your turkey carcass, check out Cooking for Engineers

Posted on New York Magazine’s blog, Grub Street, is a series of recipes conceived by professional chefs, featuring the fantastic Turkey Cobbler...

"Dice the turkey; chop up the leftover veggies/mushrooms/green bean casserole/whatever; spread in some mashed potatoes, scoop in some stuffing, sprinkle your favorite biscuit dough on top and bake at 350 for 30 minutes, or until it's bubbling."

...and the Leftover Shepherd’s Pie should be a crowd-pleaser as well. Both recipes include several dishes from a typical Thanksgiving meal and sound absolutely delicious.

The folks over at the Mother Nature Network have compiled a list of several classic recipes, with a special shout-out to the Thanksgiving Sandwich, which is comprised of turkey, dressing and cranberry sauce smashed between two pieces of buttered toast.

And finally, for a diversion from the classics, try these Turkey and Mushroom Eggrolls, which combine turkey, mushrooms, cheese and hot sauce in an eggroll wrapper. Dip them in your favorite sauce and watch them disappear!


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