Now that your bellies are full of turkey, stuffing, and all those Thanksgiving trimmings, what is to be done with all those leftovers? Sure, you could plop some on a plate and toss it into a microwave. But why would you settle when you could completely transform your basic turkey into Turkey, Cranberry, and Fontina Paninis? Or turn stuffing into Fried Stuffing Bites? Or all your leftovers into a Thanksgiving Pizza?? With all the possible creative combinations, we have narrowed down some of the easier and more time-friendly Thanksgiving leftover recipes for those who might be more preoccupied with, say, the first official weekend of the holiday shopping season. Let’s see how many times you catch yourself going, “MMMmmm! That looks good!”
Let’s start with a not-so-basic-but-oh-so-yummy lunch. For some people, turkey sandwiches are on as high a pedestal as the Thanksgiving feast itself. But if you’re looking for something more special than leftovers with a couple of slices of white bread, drool over this Turkey, Cranberry, and Fontina Panini. The sweet cranberries and the mild, melted Fontina cheese complement the crispiness of the bread for a satisfying mouthful. Taste buds will cheer!
If you’re trying to watch your intake after your Thanksgiving food coma, Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Turkey Pitas keep the calories low without sacrificing flavor. In fact, the curry, cranberry sauce, and yogurt in this turkey recipe create a completely different dish than the one the main ingredients originated from. And with a 10-minute prep called for, it couldn’t be any more tempting.
If you’re NOT trying to watch what you eat, why not go all out with Fried Stuffing Bits with Cranberry Sauce Pesto? Bring that carnival-junk-food glory home with stuffing caked in bread crumbs, deep fried, with a side of cranberry, pepper and walnut dipping sauce. Plus, you don’t have to pay carnival-junk-food prices for them!
So far, we’ve used quite a bit of turkey and cranberry sauce; what about the rest of your Thanksgiving leftovers? This is it: Thanksgiving Pizza! No, it’s not something college students made up: pizza dough with almost all of your leftovers as toppings, including gravy, maximizes the amount of dishes used and provides a knockout of flavors.
And now it’s time for dessert: Sweet Potato Oatmeal Muffins. Yams get friendly with cinnamon, nutmeg, and oatmeal for a very generous helping of warm, crumbly goodness. Plus, there’s the added bonus of creating a holiday mood with a sweet aroma in your home!
My personal favorites? Eggs over easy with stuffing on the side, or turkey burgers with cranberry sauce and a whole lotta crunchy lettuce. Just remember: the key to avoiding boredom (or a doomed end in the trash) is to variegate your Thanksgiving leftovers, from the recipe to the type of meal, and don’t be afraid to try something new!