It’s the day before Thanksgiving and I am already thinking about the leftovers.
I will not be participating in Black Friday. Unless it takes place in my refrigerator, I will be staying far, far away from any post-thanksgiving debauchery. Besides, I plan to make most of my Christmas gifts, but more on that later.
Here are my favorite uses for Thanksgiving leftovers:
1. Empanadas. A simple dough (or even store bough pie dough) can transform your leftover food into adorable and portable mini savory pies. Also handy to take along on those epic shopping ventures, for those of you who participate in that sort of thing.
My favorite combos: Turkey & Mashed Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole, Candied Yam, Stuffing & Cranberry
More directions on making Thanksgiving Leftover Empanadas Here.
2. Turkey Galette. Use a standard dough, or a store bought pie crust. Roll it out, add your leftovers, fold the edges in and bake at 400 until the dough is cooked, about 35 minutes. Top with some fresh greens and you are good to go.
3. Salad. Seriously, we all need some detox right about now.
Cook 1 cup quinoa (use these directions to cook the quinoa, the package directions make it soggy)
Add 2 cups chopped kale
1/2 cup chopped cooked turkey
2 tbs dried cranberries
2 tbs chopped black olives
1 chopped yam, cooked
3 tbs balsamic & 1 tbs honey, mixed together
Toss everything in a bowl. Makes about 4 servings.
4. Turkey Grilled Cheese.
Not a lot to explain here. Just load some bread up with turkey, lots of cheese and pan fry until gooey, melty and amazing.
5. Turkey Sliders
Split open on of those left over rolls (or maybe the biscuits from breakfast) load it up with left overs and you just made yourself a cute little sandwich.
Or toss some leftover turkey in some BBQ sauce, fill a dinner roll and it’s like a brand new food.