What to do with Thanksgiving leftovers


Thanksgiving is about showing our gratitude for all of the things that we are thankful for in our lives.  

One of those things is probably the multitude of decadent dishes shared with family.  After a long day of stuffing yourself, eating more may not be the first thing on your mind.  

However, odds are good that you’ll be stuck with a refrigerator full of enough food for a second Thanksgiving. 

Turkey sandwich

A leftover staple is the classic turkey sandwich. While it’s hard to beat the classic, plain turkey with mayonnaise on white bread, there are lots of ways to dress it up with a few of your favorite sides.

One favorite combination is the turkey and cranberry sauce sandwich. This sandwich tastes delectable hot or cold. Popular additions to compliment the cranberry sauce include Brie or goat cheese.

Make your own unique combinations by adding items such as avocado, bacon, dried cranberries or caramelized onions. Pressed or straight out of the refrigerator, this is a Thanksgiving leftover masterpiece that will keep the holiday spirit going for days, or even weeks.

Soup and casserole

There are many ways to get creative with leftovers beside the turkey and cranberry sauce sandwich. A quick search online will provide many interesting dishes that are less common but just as delicious.

Soup dishes are an easy ways to use many leftover items. Turkey noodle soup makes for a great day-after-Thanksgiving dinner that’s not as heavy but just as delicious. Turkey, roasted sweet potatoes, butternut squash and even mashed potatoes can be combined for a great soup.

Get creative

Plan for leftovers by keeping the turkey bones soaked to make broth. Add any veggies and meat you desire to make an assortment of dishes. Turkey, stuffing and veggies can also be used to make a pot pie or a casserole.

Part of the fun in toying with new dishes is creating some crazy combinations. Turn up the heat and try making turkey enchiladas, burritos or tacos. Add hot sauce, beans and Mexican cheese for a new combination of a holiday classic.

For a post-Black-Friday-shopping breakfast, try a turkey and avocado omelet. For those looking for something a bit lighter after gorging Thursday, toss some cold turkey onto a mixed green salad and add your favorite dressing.

Leftovers are just one more thing to be thankful for. Seeing family and friends, welcoming the holiday season, football and parades wouldn’t be the same without the gluttonous amount of food consumed.