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Thanksgiving Leftovers 101

Kelly Belter |
November 29, 2013 | 11:12 a.m. PST

Staff Reporter

Photography by Spoon Fork Bacon (recipe link included in article)
Photography by Spoon Fork Bacon (recipe link included in article)
We all know that the best part of Thanksgiving is the feast. But what to do with the leftovers of your family food-coma? Thankfully, there's no reason to be in the post-holiday slump of the classic leftover sandwich. There are plenty of amazing and original recipes to be made, and we've compiled a few of our favorites right here.

Of course, we have to start with turkey—the star of the show and, usually, the thing taking up most of our fridge space. Luckily, there are numerous ways to reincarnate your holiday bird. One of these being these turkey croquettes, which use last night's turkey and mashed potatoes to create simple, melt-in-your-mouth mouthfuls. Coat in breadcrumbs for an extra crunch, and serve cranberry sauce on the side.

For a more classic approach, there's always room for turkey pot pie. Try this timeless recipe with your typical crust or kick things up a notch by topping your pie with savory cheddar biscuits instead. However, if soup is more your style, this hearty turkey dumpling stew might be right up your alley while those looking for a healthier approach might try out this turkey club salad.

For lighter bites, an easy and versatile idea is to use your leftovers to fill mini pocket pies. It's a simple, on-the-go option that you can even freeze for use at a moment's notice. A plus? You can stuff anything your heart desires (or that no longer fits in your fridge) inside. If you'd like a more sophisticated touch, these stuffing-stuffed mushrooms look just as delicious. Top with freshly grated parmesan for a simple post-holiday bite.

If you have a sweet tooth, do not fret. There are plenty of recipes to go around. First off, no need to throw away excess pie crust. Use the remaining dough to make "pie fries"—just brush the scraps with butter, cinnamon and sugar and bake until crispy (use cranberry sauce in lieu of ketchup for dipping). Still craving cranberry after the big meal? Opt for these adorable cranberry tartlets. Meanwhile, those in a breakfast state-of-mind can repurpose leftover sweet potatoes to make these fluffy sweet potato waffles or that half-empty can of pumpkin for some decadent pumpkin pie pancakes.

But, of course, what would the day after Thanksgiving be without that preeminent Leftover Sandwich? This one has all the trimmings—and we mean ALL of them: turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, you name it—and is complete with a Friends-inspired "moist maker" (Monica's signature addition). Bon appetit!






















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