Getting creative with leftovers
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 | 08:47 AM ET
By Jessica Wong, CBCNews.ca
After a busy weekend of Thanksgiving dinners, refrigerators across Canada are probably looking similar right now: filled with bits and pieces of turkey, a handful of crudités, a jar of gravy and perhaps a casserole, a small vat of mashed potatoes or some veggie dish.
For me, part of the fun of big holiday dinners is trying to rework the leftovers in some imaginative way — say turkey congee (a savory Asian rice porridge) or prime rib sandwiches (easy!).
Mashed potatoes might turn into potato pancakes or top a sheppard's pie. I could swirl that homemade spiced cranberry sauce into a muffin batter. Now what to do with the rendered beef fat and gravy sitting in the fridge?
What do you like to make with Thanksgiving leftovers? Do you have tried and true recipes for post-holiday dinners?
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