In just two short days, most households in this nation will be eating a coordinated meal of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy and other traditional sides. And in just three short days, most of us will be eating turkey sandwiches. And turkey soup. And more turkey sandwiches, until we can’t stand the turkey anymore.
Lucky for you, we’ve got a great roundup that solves your problem of what exactly to do with those Thanksgiving leftovers. So put down the carving knife and come join us for some Thanksgiving leftover ideas that go beyond the turkey sandwich.
- Turkey Cobb Salad: After a day of indulgence, it can be nice to get some greens in. There are a variety of ways to make a cobb salad, but the main ingredients include crisp lettuce, crispy bacon bits, hard-boiled eggs, blue cheese, tomatoes, avocado and of course, lots of that leftover turkey. (This is also a great choice for those who have slaved away in the kitchen on Thanksgiving: it’s quick and requires no cooking!)
- Cranberry Pancakes: Repurpose the always-plentiful leftover cranberry sauce into your post-Turkey Day breakfast!
- Turkey & Sweet Potato Hash: This one is a two-fer. Get rid of two big leftover staples (and a third, if you have leftover rolls or bread!) and make a savory hash that’s a perfect fast dinner.
- Leftover Mashed Potato Samosas: If the traditional food of Thanksgiving leaves you wanting something a little spicy, go Indian with this recipe for Samosas that utilizes your leftover mashed potatoes.
- Cran-Bourbon Cocktail: Family. You love ‘em, but sometimes you just need a drink once they’re all gone. This one incorporates your leftover cranberry sauce for a seasonal sipper.
- Leftover Thanksgiving Pie Milkshake: This is for those readers who consider Thanksgiving the gateway to indulgent holiday eating. It’s a bit over the top, but if you can’t blend a piece of pie into your milkshake on the holidays, when can you?
- Stuffing Breakfast Eggs: A cute, individually-portioned way to make a quick but fun breakfast after Thanksgiving.
- Turkey, Dill & Orzo Soup: This is a fresh take on the traditional turkey soup that’s ubiquitous after the holiday, made delicious by the dill–a flavor that removes the turkey from Thanksgiving.
- Mashed Potato Spring Rolls: Turn mashed potatoes and green beans into a crispy canape!
- Thanksgiving Leftover Wontons with Cranberry Salsa: This spicy appetizer uses both your cranberries and your leftover gravy.