You made it through Thanksgiving! If feasting on plates of leftovers isn't your thing, we have quite a few ideas for making the most of your turkey, potatoes and other fixings. Do you have leftover ideas of your own? Share them in the comments.
Dorie Greenspan's Next Day Turkey-and-Cranberry Sriracha Strata. Uses turkey, cranberry sauce and leftover bread if you've got it. This is best if you assemble it at least six hours (or up to eight or so) before baking.
Turkey Tetrazzini With Butternut Squash Sauce. A comforting pasta bake that happens to be healthful.
Turkey, Caramelized Onion and Apple Pizza. Comes together quickly with store-bought pizza dough.
Pennsylvania Dutch Potpie. Another comforting choice.
Turkey Tortilla Soup. Good for using turkey leftovers, and for clearing your pantry of canned goods (enchilada sauce, chiles, chicken broth, for example).
Southwest-Style Turkey Hash With Creamy Avocado-Cilantro Sauce. Because really, when is a hash a bad idea?
Turkey, White Bean and Spinach Hash. Use chopped-up cooked turkey in place of the ground.
Turkey Stroganoff on Toast. Quick comfort here, with a sour cream tomato sauce amped up with smoked Spanish paprika.
Other ideas: Add to sandwiches (with leftover salad or cranberry sauce added to the mix, or made into a grilled cheese sandwich or panini); serve simply with a sauce drizzled over top (this 30-Minute Mole or our tuna and chickpea tonnato); mix into a frittata or omelet; use as a filling in these Herby Mushroom and Swiss Crepes (pictured above).
And of course, save those turkey bones to make Rich Turkey Stock!
Lentil Shepherd's Pie. A nice way to use leftover potatoes or another starchy puree (such as sweet potatoes, parsnips or cauliflower).
Creamy Sweet Potato Soup With Crispy Leeks. A good way to use up leftover sweet potatoes and chicken or turkey broth.
Pumpkin Sloppy Joes. If your sweet potatoes or other winter squash are of the savory variety, mash up leftovers and use the puree as a pumpkin replacement here. (Save the sweet casserole type for a filling in handpies.)
Roasted Vegetable Hash and Eggs. A reminder that almost any leftover is good topped with eggs and hot sauce.
Other ideas: Add mashed or roasted veggies to soup; use mashed potatoes or squash as the base for a pasta sauce; add roasted veggies to stir-fries or savory pancakes (pictured above); make into a potpie or casserole with a creamy homemade veloute sauce.
Savory Turkey and Mushroom Bread Pudding. A hearty way to use turkey and stuffing.
Lentil-Stuffed Bell Peppers. We're betting your leftover stuffing would make a nice filling for peppers — either as a substitute or supplement for some of the original filling in this recipe.
The Turlafel. Leftover turkey and stuffing get spiced with ginger, garlic, garam masala and a mix of herbs to create falafel-type patties. Serve them as part of a sandwich, as written, or place on a bed of greens.
John Fleer's Buttermilk Corn Bread Soup. Made to use up leftover unsweetened corn bread.
Bread, Cheese and Chive Puddings. Use up leftover bread or rolls in this quick, custardy breakfast or brunch dish. It also uses bits of cheese and cream that you might have.
Cozy Strata. Did challah or brioche grace your table? Here's a way to use up a few leftover slices.
Other ideas: Grease a waffle iron and stick some stuffing in it — the edges get all crisped and crackly, and you've got tasty waffles that could be topped with cranberry sauce and turkey or leftover Brussels sprouts. Cut cubes of stuffing into bite-size cubes and use them to top a casserole before baking (such as this Chicken Pot Tot Hotdish), or bake the cubes into croutons (or pan-fry) and drop them in soup.
Gooey Chicken, Brie and Cranberry Pies. You'll make your own butter crust, but store-bought puff pastry would make a reasonable substitute. Use cooked turkey instead of the chicken.
Turkey Salad With Cranberry Vinaigrette. Like any fruit jam, cranberry sauce makes a lovely salad dressing when thinned with oil and vinegar.
Aunt Catherine's Buckwheat-Gingersnap Waffles. Excellent topped with cranberry sauce (plain or thinned with a little maple syrup). They'd also make a good vehicle for leftover turkey.
Holiday Breakfast Cookies. This uses any lingering whole cranberries or pureed pumpkin or sweet potatoes you might have.