9 delicious ways to use those Thanksgiving leftovers
If you find yourself with a lot of leftovers after your Thanksgiving feast, lucky you! Turkey sandwiches are amazing, piled high with all the fixings, but, let's face it, they can get tired after the second or third... We're here with your solution, read on before you get even close to thinking you should toss those mashed potatoes. These need-to-know tips and recipes will help you get the best out of those dishes you and yours worked so hard to make.
First, here's what you need to know about packing up your feast and reheating those bits and bobs. Then we'll get to the recipes.
Adhere to food safety rules and refrigerate everything, especially the meat and dairy, as soon as possible after the feast to avoid spoilage. Packing up dinner before dessert is a great incentive for others to pitch in to get the task done quickly, plus it gives your guests a little time to digest.
Pack leftovers separately so the flavours stay distinct. This way they're much more appealing to eat the next day.
Carve all the meat off the turkey carcass and make this Terrific Turkey Stock. If you need a break from cooking projects, we understand. Simply throw it in a resealable freezer bag and use straight-from-frozen another time.
Freeze leftover turkey meat in individual freezer bags, and add frozen to soup for extra protein, or defrost and use it in any recipe that calls for already-cooked chicken.
Reheat leftovers at 350F degrees in a covered container to avoid them drying out. If they seem dry, add a few tablespoons of stock or water for added moisture as they heat.
Now let's get to those recipes. Breathe new life into your feast components with these creative, new ideas.
Pipe leftover mashed potatoes into these Fancy Duchesse Potatoes. If you don't have a pastry bag, fill up a plastic bag and cut off one corner.
Step up your turkey sandwich game and swap thinly sliced turkey breast meat into this Italian Turkey BLT.
Cube up a portion of the turkey meat before packing it away so it's all ready for this Creamy Turkey Chowder. You can freeze the meat and make this later too.
And be sure to cube up a portion too for this Cobb-Style Turkey Salad before putting the cutting board away. Here's where you can use up any leftover, undressed salad too.
Make these Turkey Turnovers and freeze them for your next party. Any leftover peas can be folded up in them too so everything gets put to good use.
Try out new flavours with this Turkey Noodle Soup with Shiitake Mushrooms. It's a refreshing spin on a classic turkey soup and makes a perfect fall evening meal.
And that's it! Your feast re-purposed in new and inventive ways. If you're into being efficient with cooking and leftovers, be sure to check out our ideas for winning weeknight meals you can take for lunch too.
Jessica Brooks is a digital producer, trained chef and DIY investor.