After your guests have gone, and you’re left with half a turkey and loads of leftovers, it’s time to put it all to good use. Instead of reheating the same exact meal you ate the night before, why not combine what you have into an enticing new dish. Check out these five scrumptious ways to rehash your Thanksgiving leftovers. Your taste buds will thank us later.
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1. The Ultimate Thanksgiving Turkey Club Sandwich
We dare you not to drool over this ooey, gooey sandwich. All you have to do is take your favorite bread and pile it high with your leftover cheeses (brie is the yummiest if you’ve got it,) and then add the turkey. Even better, spread some cranberry sauce on your bread for a sweet and savory pair you’ll crave all year long.
Next, take out your Panini press or throw a little bit of butter in a skillet on the stove and watch the magic unfold. This leftover creation can be customized any way you’d like it and will ensure your leftovers go to good use!
2. Tasty Turkey Pot Pie
Pick up a pie crust at the store or use Pillsbury crescent rolls to line a baking dish, and use your leftover turkey, veggies, and stuffing as filling. Next, drizzle leftover gravy on top and seal with more crust. A helpful hint: brush a little egg wash on the top of the crust to enhance your pot pie and for a beautifully golden brown crust. Bake at 425 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes or until your crust has met your buttery, flaky desires.
3. Pumpkin Spice French Toast
Now, what can you do with all those leftover rolls and bread? Pick up some pumpkin pie mix and get ready to taste your new fall breakfast favorite. All you’ll need to do is mix the pumpkin pie filling with two eggs, a cup of milk, and a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg until it’s the perfect liquid consistency.
Next, take your bread pieces and dip them into your pumpkin mixture, and lay them in your hot skillet to sizzle for a minute or two on each side. Helpful hint: if you’re using rolls, cut them in half and then cut off just enough of the rounded top and bottom so the liquid can be absorbed on both sides and cook evenly.
4. Not Just Any Turkey Casserole
We know the holidays come packed with casserole catastrophes, but luckily, this one is hard to mess up and requires little attention. Take your casserole dish and toss in all your leftovers including turkey, stuffing, vegetables, and layer it. We suggest you put a third of your leftover stuffing on the bottom, followed by vegetables, and then layer your turkey over that.
To make sure your turkey casserole doesn’t dry out, pour a can of cream of mushroom soup over the top, and then sprinkle with cheese. Finish it off in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until heated through and bubbly.
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5. Turkey & Stuffing Dumpling Leftover Soup
It can be hard to shake that Thanksgiving food coma, but this recipe is easy as can be and gives your family a lighter option to counteract their Thanksgiving “oopsies.” Take out your slow cooker and add your leftover turkey stock (chicken works, too) and veggies. Next, cut or shred your turkey into soup-sized pieces and simmer in your slow cooker on high for 2-4 hours. Helpful hint: if you are using pre-cooked veggies your simmer time will be closer to 2 hours.
For a fun twist, you can use your leftover stuffing for dumplings! Mix your stuffing with 3/4 cup of broth or milk, and two eggs. Next, roll them into balls, place on a baking sheet, and cook in the oven at 425 degrees for 20 minutes or until browned. Serve your soup topped with a few dumplings and enjoy!
Need a few more ingredients to spice up your leftovers? Stop by McGonigle’s Market today or call us at (816) 444-4720 and see what’s fresh in stock!
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