Thanksgiving leftovers: Think outside the recipe box




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Thanksgiving comes but once a year. We savor our traditional menu: the turkey, the cranberry sauce, the green bean casserole. But after the day is done, there’s always way too much food left over. What to do with it all?

Of course, there’s always the tried and true Thanksgiving delight sandwich: piling that turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce onto warmed bread. But if you’re getting a little tired of the same old routine, give some of these more inventive recipes a try. You’ll forget you’re eating leftovers.

Turkey gumbo

Add a little southern flair to that traditional turkey for a change in flavor. Smoked sausage and okra make these turkey leftovers anything but ordinary. From Steamy Kitchen.

BBQ turkey pizza

Another unique flavor twist to spice up your turkey. This recipe includes instructions to make your own dough, but you can always opt for store bought instead. Turkey, BBQ sauce and smoked gouda (hint: add in some red onion for extra flavor) make this unique pizza twist a great way to use your turkey leftovers. From White on Rice Couple.

Mashed potato pancakes

Mashed potato pancakes are tough to screw up, even for the most kitchen-challenged. Follow the instructions for a crispy, golden crust. From Martha Stewart.

Sweet potatoes with chickpeas in tomato sauce

Although this recipe shows a baked potato, if you’ve got mashed on hand, that would work just as well topped with these chickpeas in a spiced tomato sauce. From The Kitchn.

Cranberry sauce banana cheesecake

Got an extra can of cranberry sauce? Don’t leave it in your pantry until next Thanksgiving. Make a beautiful cranberry banana cheesecake for an upcoming holiday get-together. From Babble.com.

Butternut squash biscuits

These simple but rich biscuits incorporate that leftover butternut squash. Make a double batch and freeze for future dinners. From Whole Foods Market.

Green bean casserole and turkey pot pies

The green bean casserole is a standard American Thanksgiving classic. But the leftovers can look a bit humdrum the next day. Why not throw it into a turkey pot pie? Brilliant. From the Food Network.

Bread and veggies salad

A lovely way to use that bread that’s a bit too stale to eat on its own, panzanella combines the goodness of homemade croutons with crunchy veggies in a light vinaigrette. This recipe will help you ease back in to healthy eating after your day of indulgence. From the Food Network.

Stuffing and mushrooms

Adding stuffing to mushrooms is a great way to enjoy the flavor of stuffing again, without overindulging. This recipe will be a party pleaser if you have company over the long holiday weekend. From Chowhound.

Your turn

What’s your favorite way to use your turkey day leftovers?


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