Once Thanksgiving is over, you’ll probably find yourself with a mountain of leftover food either from your own family’s cooking or a huge to-go container your grandma shoved in your hands as you hobbled out her door in a food coma. What can you do to jazz up those Thanksgiving leftovers so you’re not eating the same old turkey-gravy-mashed potato plate for the next five days? Here are a few of our favorites:
This is one of the easiest ways to use up your Thanksgiving leftovers. You can put pretty much anything you want in it, use up the leftover gravy, and you don’t even need to make your own pie crust if you don’t want to. Make sure to stock up on some freezer crusts while you’re out doing last minute shopping and have an awesome, homey meal on Friday.
Everyone loves tacos and what better way to use up the five pounds of turkey meat? The best part about tacos is the flavors are so different from Thanksgiving that it will be a welcome palate cleanse. Make sure to have some tortillas, jalapeños, lime, cilantro, and mild cheese on hand and wow whatever family is still kicking around your house the next day by making these bad boys for lunch.
If you’re feeling more adventurous and want to really up your leftover game, try this turkey tetrazzini. The best part about this dish is that you’ll end up with a bunch of leftovers so when no one feels like cooking over the weekend you can choose between the traditional Thanksgiving leftovers and this creamy crowd-pleaser.
The classic leftover sandwich is always a great fallback option, but how about spicing things up this year and making a Bahn Mi with that leftover bird? Because of the similarity in ingredients, you can even offer up a Bahn Mi option next to your taco option and let your guests pick their poison. Make sure to pick up some bread and a few extra carrots and cucumbers and you’re all set.
Make sure to have some extra ingredients from your green bean casserole and your sweet potato pie so you can whip up this warm soup on Friday after standing in line at Best Buy for way too long. You’ll be warmed up and you won’t have to work too hard for a very satisfying meal. Best part again: more leftovers for the weekend.
What’s your favorite way to use up all those Thanksgiving leftovers?