I love Thanksgiving dinner so much that having it again the next day is just perfect, even after having a turkey sandwich for lunch. I could probably be talked into having it again two days later. But, there is a limit to how many times I can have the exact same dinner, even if it is one of my favorites.
So let’s talk about how to use those leftovers in a creative way. You worked so hard on that meal. It would be insane to just let it sit in the fridge and eventually go bad. Plus, it’s always fun to think of new ways to use an “old” dish.
If you used the non-traditional menu, here are some ideas:
Herbed Roasted Chicken Thighs with Cherry Tomatoes and Roasted Broccoli gets chopped and added to Chicken and Rice Soup to go alongside the Garlic Bread that’s used to make Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, or could be used in Chicken Pot Pie.
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup becomes Butternut Squash Risotto.
Crispy Potatoes get re-heated (in foil so they don’t burn) and topped with Chili to make Crispy Potatoes with Chili and Cheese.
Pomegranate juice can be simmered and reduced to make a syrup for Pancakes, Waffles, or French Toast.
Apple Bourbon Galettes are perfect for breakfast, with your coffee, alongside a bowl of yogurt.
Gosh I’m hungry!
If you opted for a more traditional approach, here are some suggestions:
Turkey can be made into Shepherd’s Pie of the South, Turkey Pot Pie, Turkey Caesar Wraps with homemade Caesar Salad Dressing, Spicy Turkey Chili, Honey Mustard Turkey Sandwiches, Thanksgiving Soup, Turkey Club Pizza.
Pumpkin Pie filling becomes Pumpkin Pasta, or Pumpkin Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.
Now I’m really starving!