The extended family has left, the parade is over and the days of cooking are finished. Thanksgiving celebrations, filled with family favorites like turkey, potatoes and tart cranberry sauce, can take a lot of planning and preparation. But what about the leftovers?
Your fridge may be packed to the brim the week after Thanksgiving. Get leftover-savvy with these three tips for using turkey-day leftovers. You’ll be grateful for creative ways to pair flavors!
Just Add Cranberry Sauce
Tart and sweet cranberry sauce may be a hit around your Thanksgiving Day table. However, it’s hard to escape leftovers!
Use extra sauce like a jam or jelly and spread on toast. Spice up plain yogurt with a swirl of cranberry—turn it into a parfait by building layers of yogurt, cranberry sauce, and nuts or Sunbelt Bakery granola cereal.
Cranberry sauce is a winning accompaniment to turkey—but also to chicken and pork. When you’re cooking chicken or pork in the oven, glaze your meat with sauce in the last few minutes of roasting. The tartness complements a variety of dishes!
Turn Turkey Into Tasty Chili
Change up the savory flavor combinations with a zesty turkey chili. Get something tasty stewing. Sauté 2 cups diced onion with 1 cup chopped green bell pepper and four finely chopped garlic cloves. While sautéing, add 1 tablespoon ground cumin and 2 tablespoons chili powder, or more to taste. Next, add three cans of fire-roasted tomatoes, two cans of kidney beans, drained, and three to four cups of shredded, cooked turkey meat. Add a cup of stock, or water if you don’t have stock on hand, and 1 tablespoon of salt.
Bring the mixture to a simmer and let it simmer for at least an hour. Serve hot with grain bread or cornbread of your choosing. Still have leftovers? Turn this into an easy weeknight freezer meal!
Create a Shepherd’s Pie or Pot Pie
Shepherd’s pie is traditional dish that combines your favorite comfort foods—vegetables, turkey and a potato “crust.” You likely have all the necessary ingredients for the various layers already prepared. Turkey pot pies are also family favorites. Use any leftover gravy, turkey and vegetables, and add fresh or frozen veggies and a quick crust, depending on the recipe you use.
Now that we’ve shared our best ideas for Thanksgiving leftovers, we’d love to hear yours. Tell us in the comments below how you repurpose your Turkey Day dinner!