Published On: Sat, Nov 25th, 2017

22 Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes: Don't Cease Until You Get Sufficient


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[Photographs: J. Kenji López-Alt, Vicky Wasik]

As beloved as Thanksgiving dinner is, it is the leftovers that people actually get excited for. After all of the stress of the vacation, there’s one thing extremely comforting about consuming chilly stuffing straight from the fridge. Plus, after you’ve got spent the previous couple days cooking it is good to have the ability to mindlessly unfold some leftovers onto bread and name it lunch. However for those who aren’t burned out on cooking, there may be a lot extra that may be carried out together with your leftovers—you possibly can fry up turkey into carnitas, stuff veggies right into a grilled cheese, or flip mashed potatoes and stuffing into waffles. Hold studying for all of those, plus the remainder of our favourite methods to make use of up Thanksgiving leftovers.

Breakfasts and Sweets

Stuffing Waffles

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[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

This recipe is so good that I’ve made batches of stuffing solely to waffle—a Belgian waffle iron maximizes the crispy, crunchy bits which might be the perfect a part of stuffing. You may serve these with maple syrup like common waffles or use gravy to play up the Thanksgiving theme, however the perfect thought is to make use of each.

Get the recipe for Stuffing Waffles »

Turkey and Stuffing Waffle Croque-Madame Sandwich

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[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Stuffing waffles not sufficient for you? This recipe turns them right into a croque madame variation by topping them with leftover turkey and a Mornay-style sauce made by melting grated Gruyère or Comté into gravy. Do not forget the fried egg!

Get the recipe for the Turkey and Stuffing Waffle Croque-Madame Sandwich »

Waffled Mashed Potatoes With Bacon, Scallion, and Cheddar

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[Photograph: Daniel Shumski]

Leftover mashed potatoes are virtually at all times a disappointment—they lose their fluffy texture when reheated. You may, nevertheless, repurpose them by mixing in eggs, buttermilk, and flour to make a waffle batter. You may maintain the waffles easy, however they style nice with scallions, cheddar, and bacon added in.

Get the recipe for Waffled Mashed Potatoes With Bacon, Scallion, and Cheddar »

Candy Potato Pancakes Made With Leftover Mashed Candy Potatoes

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[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Mashed candy potatoes have the identical bother with reheating as common mashed potatoes. We rescue them in the same means, mixing them with milk, eggs, flour, and some extra substances to make a pancake batter. Bitter cream provides sufficient tang to steadiness the sweetness of the spuds, whereas baking powder and baking soda assist with rising and browning.

Get the recipe for Sweet Potato Pancakes Made With Leftover Mashed Sweet Potatoes »

Kentucky Sizzling Brown

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[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

This Kentucky favourite is strictly what you will want Friday morning for those who drink a little bit bit an excessive amount of at dinner. The dish is historically made with turkey, Mornay sauce, bacon, and tomatoes—we would suggest leaving off that final piece until you’ve got found some magical method to get respectable tomatoes in November.

Get the recipe for the Kentucky Hot Brown »

Leftover Turkey Frittata

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[Photograph: Yasmin Fahr]

Making a frittata is simply in regards to the easiest method to make use of any leftovers—Thanksgiving in significantly provides you numerous substances to work with. This frittata pairs leftover turkey with recent Brussels sprouts and inexperienced beans, however you can use leftover veggies when you’ve got them. If you happen to’ve bought cranberry sauce round, combine it with Dijon mustard to make a dipping sauce.

Get the recipe for the Leftover Turkey Frittata »

Day-After-Thanksgiving Stuffing and Turkey Breakfast Casserole

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[Photograph: Sydney Oland]

Nearly as good as a frittata is for making use of Thanksgiving leftovers, this breakfast casserole is even higher. It’s going to swallow up just about something—we use stuffing and cubed turkey as the bottom, and from there you possibly can add candy potatoes, Brussels sprouts, or no matter different sides you would like.

Get the recipe for the Day-After-Thanksgiving Stuffing and Turkey Breakfast Casserole »

Leftover Cranberry Sauce Cake

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[Photograph: María del Mar Sacasa]

Each household has their Thanksgiving must-have, and in my home that dish is my mother’s cranberry sauce. She at all times makes tons of it understanding that we’ll be blissful to unfold it on the whole lot the week after Thanksgiving. If there’s a little bit too a lot, we’ll put it to make use of on this bitter cream espresso cake topped with an fragrant sugared-almond crust.

Get the recipe for the Leftover Cranberry Sauce Cake »

Sandwiches and Such

Thanksgiving Leftovers Grilled Cheese

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[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

If you happen to’ve by no means loaded meals straight from the fridge onto bread you’ve got by no means actually skilled Thanksgiving. However when you’ve got had loads of expertise with the traditional leftovers sandwich and wish one thing extra elevated, attempt pairing your leftovers with cheddar and griddling up a golden brown grilled cheese.

Get the recipe for the Thanksgiving Leftovers Grilled Cheese »

Roast Turkey and Black Bean Quesadillas

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[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Turkey is a standard ingredient in Mexican cooking, so it is no stretch to make Mexican or Tex-Mex meals together with your leftovers. Right here meaning quesadillas, which we stuff with roast turkey, black beans, and grated cheese, plus vivid pickled jalapeños and recent cilantro leaves.

Get the recipe for Roast Turkey and Black Bean Quesadillas »

Straightforward Turkey and Brussels Sprout Quesadillas

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[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

If you need your quesadillas to style extra like Thanksgiving, attempt pairing the turkey with shredded Brussels sprouts. Shredding the sprouts finely lets them incorporate higher with the meat and cheese and helps them char when cooked. We convey again the pickled jalapeños right here—their acidic chunk is crucial.

Get the recipe for Easy Turkey and Brussels Sprout Quesadillas »

15-Minute Turkey Enchiladas

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[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Do not feel like making a complete casserole stuffed with enchiladas the day after Thanksgiving? If you happen to’re simply cooking for 2, attempt these skillet enmoladas as a substitute. They’re tremendous straightforward—all you must do is roll up a couple of tortillas with turkey and store-bought mole, bake them in a pan, and serve with salsa.

Get the recipe for 15-Minute Turkey Enchiladas »

Leftover Turkey “Carnitas”

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[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

You could be tempted to throw away the carcass after making turkey inventory, however there may be most likely some super-tender meat left on the bones. Moderately than letting it go to waste, choose it off and crisp it up in a skillet to make a useless ringer for carnitas—the ensuing tacos shall be as tasty as something you ate on Thanksgiving Day.

Get the recipe for Leftover Turkey “Carnitas” »

Soups, Stews, and Extra

Brown Turkey Inventory

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[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]

You are making inventory with the leftover turkey carcass, proper? Merely simmering the chicken in water with greens will make for a advantageous inventory, however for the deepest, richest taste attempt roasting the bones and browning the greens first. We additionally like so as to add only a couple tablespoons of tomato paste to present the inventory an additional savory word.

Get the recipe for Brown Turkey Stock »

Roast Turkey Soup

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[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

If you happen to do not need to re-roast your turkey, this easy soup has an incredible flavor-to-effort ratio. All you must do is simmer the carcass in hen inventory, then add bacon, onions, carrots, and celery. You may add in different leftovers, too—a little bit gravy will thicken the soup properly.

Get the recipe for Roast Turkey Soup »

Turkey ‘n’ Dumplings

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[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Just about any recipe that usually requires cooked hen might be made with leftover turkey as a substitute. Living proof: this Thanksgiving-ified model of hen and dumplings made with broth, aromatics, and biscuit-like drop dumplings. As within the earlier soup, when you’ve got leftover gravy then throw a little bit in to thicken the soup.

Get the recipe for Turkey ‘n’ Dumplings »

Turkey Tortilla Soup

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[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

One other recipe paying homage to turkey’s Mexican roots, this tortilla soup is made with broth, aromatics, and several other sorts of chilies. The recipe makes use of two pasilla peppers and anchos to fulfill us spice lovers, however you possibly can go along with one among every for those who’d favor one thing rather less assertive.

Get the recipe for Turkey Tortilla Soup »

Gradual-Cooker Leftover Turkey, Lemon, and Couscous Soup

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[Photograph: Jennifer Olvera]

One straightforward method to reduce the quantity of cooking you must do the day after Thanksgiving is to interrupt out the gradual cooker, which we use right here to show turkey wings, thyme, and bay right into a comforting soup. Chewy Israeli couscous offers bulk, whereas a cup of acidic white wine from a bottle you opened throughout dinner perks the dish up.

Get the recipe for Slow-Cooker Leftover Turkey, Lemon, and Couscous Soup »

Gradual-Cooker Leftover Turkey and Andouille Gumbo

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[Photograph: Jennifer Olvera]

This slow-cooker recipe is not fairly as hands-off because the final one—sautéing the greens and making the roux takes about half an hour—however it’s well worth the effort. Pairing the turkey with andouille, cayenne, and Cajun seasonings provides the recipe some critical Louisiana aptitude.

Get the recipe for Slow-Cooker Leftover Turkey and Andouille Gumbo »

Gradual-Cooker Leftover Turkey Chile Verde

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[Photograph: Jennifer Olvera]

Our third gradual cooker recipe provides leftover turkey the chile verde remedy, cooking it with broiled tomatillos, serrano peppers, onions, and garlic, plus cornmeal and white beans to thicken all of it up. The chili is flavorful sufficient by itself, however it’s even higher garnished liberally with cilantro, bitter cream, crimson onions, pepper Jack cheese, and crunchy crushed tortilla chips.

Get the recipe for Slow-Cooker Leftover Turkey Chile Verde »

Turkey Paitan Ramen With Crispy Turkey and Tender-Cooked Egg

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[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Love cooking a lot that you simply need to spend all day Friday within the kitchen, too? It’s kind of of a challenge, however gradual cooking leftover turkey meat and bones with aromatics and charred greens makes a splendidly wealthy and creamy paitan-style ramen broth. The meat used to make the broth goes to be means overcooked, so we add recent drumsticks for a couple of hours to cook dinner them, shred the meat, then crisp it up as in our turkey carnitas recipe.

Get the recipe for Turkey Paitan Ramen With Crispy Turkey and Soft-Cooked Egg »

Taiwanese Turkey Rice

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[Photograph: Cathy Erway]

You most likely do not affiliate turkey with Asian cooking, however in Taiwan it is conventional to make use of turkey in a dish similar to better-known Singaporean hen rice. Usually the dish is made with steamed turkey, however leftover roast turkey works, too. If you happen to thought forward to save lots of the pan drippings once you cooked the chicken, you should use them to make a savory sauce.

Get the recipe for Taiwanese Turkey Rice »


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