Thanksgiving dinner is truly my favorite of all the holiday meals, but it’s a toss up as to whether I like the meal itself or the leftovers more. Here’s another idea for how to use up all those delicious leftovers and a few from previous years to keep you busy for a couple of dinners following the big one.
One – Leftover Turkey Soup and/or Leftover Turkey Sandwich Ideas
Two – Turkey Hash
Three – Potato Cakes, Potato Bread, Potato Leek Soup
Also, don’t forget to freeze and label what you won’t use in the several days following the big meal. Save it all for later in the winter when you need a weeknight dinner right quick and in a hurry.
Turkey Shepard’s Pie
In a casserole dish, layer cooked turkey meat, gravy, cut up green beans (or other vegetable) and top with mashed potatoes or mashed squash. Bake at 350°F or until the edges are beginning to brown and the center is hot all the way through. If you don’t have enough gravy, make a little sauce of your own by heating up the turkey and the green beans with a little butter in an oven-proof skillet. Sprinkle with flour and stir to incorporate. Add a cup or so of stock and stir. Add more if the mixture is too thick. Then layer the rest of your ingredients on top.
Potatoes are the one leftover which needs to be used up before it is relegated to the compost pile. They don’t freeze well, so think of ways to incorporate this Thanksgiving leftover into another meal sooner rather than later.
Of course, mashed potatoes can easily become a side for another meal. And I’ve already mentioned that roasted potatoes could become Turkey Hash. But there are a myriad of other ways that these versatile spuds can take root in another dish (see what I did there?).
Potato Cakes – Combine the mashed potatoes with some bread crumbs and an egg or two. Dredge them in more bread crumbs or in grated Parmesan cheese and pan fry them in a little oil or butter. Serve along-side grilled hanger or skirt steak or for breakfast with eggs and toast.
Potato Bread – Add mashed potatoes to your favorite bread recipe, reducing the liquid by half. For example, if the recipe calls for 1 cup of water, add 1 cup of mashed potatoes and 1/2 cup of water. Add dill, fennel or caraway seeds as an optional flavor.
Potato Leek Soup – Sauté onions and leeks in butter, salt and pepper. Add white wine and stock. Stir in mashed potatoes and adjust for salt and pepper.
My refrigerator is still full. What about yours?