Skip the standard turkey sandwich and shake things up this year
For many, Thanksgiving leftovers can be equally as exciting as the main event. Leftovers can linger for days, but there’s no need to keep reheating the same dish again and again.
Whether you’re looking to transform your tradition or are just over the idea of another turkey soup/sandwich, we’ve got you covered with five creative ideas for leftovers.
Bust out the crock pot.
After spending serious kitchen time to prepare the Thanksgiving meal, gather your leftovers and hand over cooking responsibilities to the crock pot. Get the Serious Eats recipes for:
- Slow-cooker leftover turkey lemon and couscous soup
- Slow-cooker leftover turkey chile verde
- Slow-cooker leftover turkey and andouille Gumbo
With the American holiday celebration down, use your leftovers to whip up some more worldly flavors from Cooking Light, like:
- France: Leftover green bean nicoise
- Latin America: Leftover turkey arepas
- Mexico: Leftover turkey stew
- Spain: Picadillo-stuffed mashed potato balls and leftover sweet potato flan
- Vietnam: Roast turkey pho
Hash it out.
Hash combines several leftovers into one encore dish.
- Use your turkey and sweet potatoes in this hash from the Chef Marshall O’Brien Group
- Eat up leftover stuffing with this hash from Epicurious
Whether it’s the day after or the weekend after Thanksgiving, leftovers can be a great start to the day.
- Mix pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice with oatmeal
- Use rolls as the base for mini breakfast bowls
- Combine cranberry sauce with Greek yogurt and rice cakes
- Gather stuffing, add egg and get to a waffle maker
Switch to salad.
After the turkey day feast, the idea of greens can sound pretty appealing. Combine crisp greens with your leftovers to savor the flavors of the season.