New ways to cook the same bird. (
New ways to cook the same bird. (

Leftover Thanksgiving Recipes

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Turkey, turkey everywhere! After a Thanksgiving feast, you probably can’t take any more turkey. Try some of these ideas to use up the extra Thanksgiving goodies. Most can be frozen and kept for those days when you are ready to indulge in more.

Layered Stuffing Casserole:

Mix your leftover stuffing with a handful of bread crumbs to make a drier version of the dish. Press the mixture into a large casserole plate. For the filling, mix a can of cream of mushroom soup, ¾ cup of milk, leftover green beans (or peas), and  chopped turkey. Pour the mixture into your stuffing shell, and bake for 30 minutes at 350F.

Leftover Turkey Salad:

Mix up your chopped turkey with some dried cranberries, walnuts, minced red onion, and chopped apple or pear. Add some crumbled blue cheese if you like. For the dressing, flavour up some mayonnaise with dijon mustard, salt, pepper, paprika, and lemon juice. Serve salad over crunchy lettuce.

Go Mexican:

Turkey enchiladas and turkey tacos? Why not? Mix your chopped turkey up with some cheese and layer it on a warm tortilla or taco shells. Top with your favorite Mexican fixings like onions, olives, black beans, and peppers, and melt in the oven for a few minutes.

Puff it up!

Who doesn’t like puff-pastries? To make a wonderfully easy casserole, mix two cups of the leftover gravy, with three tbsp of flour, one tsp of poultry seasoning, three cups of turkey and two large sweet potatoes cut into cubes. Pour the mixture into a deep eight-inch casserole dish, and on top, lay thawed puff-pastry sheets. Brush with an egg wash, score the top and bake in the oven at 375F for 25 minutes.

Fried Thanksgiving Bites:

Didn’t get enough at dinner? Well, indulge in these savory little bites. Take your leftover stuffing and shape into small balls. In a separate bowl, whisk together two eggs and two tbsp of milk. Thoroughly coat the stuffing bites in this wash and dredge in bread crumbs. Fry this mixture in oil on medium-high heat until crispy. Serve this decadent snack with a cranberry-walnut relish made by zipping up your leftover cranberry sauce with a handful of walnuts and some pepper in a food processor.