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Jon Watson: What to do with all of these leftovers?!


AJC Staff

By the time that most of you read this, your Thanksgiving feast will have already concluded. Your belts are loosened, naps taken, and you’re looking forward to the second best part of this holiday of feasts: leftovers!

Though I enjoy reheating duplicates of my Thanksgiving plates for the following few days, a little variety is always a good thing. Why just reheat slices of turkey and dressing when you can be a little more creative?

One family favorite, and probably the easiest use of your leftovers, is the leftover casserole. Simply layer your leftovers in a casserole dish and reheat in the oven at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.

Obviously, everyone’s leftover casserole is going to look a little different depending on what kinds of dishes your family makes. Not everyone makes turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and cranberry sauce. Make it your own. Feel free to throw some extra spices or cheese between the layers.

A personal favorite of mine is also the Thanksgiving sandwich –slices of turkey breast, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and gravy on toasted whole grain bread.

What about your family? Do you do anything with your leftovers to spice them up a little?

If you guys have any great suggestions for what to do with your leftovers, let’s hear them!

Thanksgiving leftover recipes:

Leftover Casserole

Second day fried stuffing bites w/ cranberry sauce pesto

Turkey stock


- Jon Watson writes about Popular Eats for the AJC Dining Team. He also publishes his own blog, Live To Feast

8 comments Add your comment

Ohio Muffin

November 25th, 2010
11:53 am

With my leftovers, I love making turkey pot pie, turkey shepherds pie, turkey noodle soup, and sweet potato pudding.


November 26th, 2010
9:07 am

I like to make turkey tetrazzini, turkey soup, turkey enchiladas, turkey sandwiches and potato galettes. Also, I make sweet potato pancakes. Leftovers are one of the best things about Thanksgiving dinner!


November 26th, 2010
11:32 am

Oh, and turkey fried rice!


November 26th, 2010
1:13 pm

Turkey tetrazzini – after prining and smokin’ a turkey for 10 – 12 hours the left overs make a fantastic tetrazzini!


November 26th, 2010
9:23 pm

I made gumbo with my leftover turkey . Let the carcass simmer in water that I had seasoned and used the resulting broth to make the gumbo with ham and andouille sausage.


November 27th, 2010
2:18 am

Brunswick stew is another good option also. Make stock with the carcass and then use the leftover bird bits to make the stew with. Chownings brunswick stew recipe is what I use and it’s fantastic. You can google the recipe.


November 29th, 2010
3:05 pm

Hot Browns are my new tradition…


November 30th, 2010
9:58 am

Our leftovers sit neatly packed in tupperware in the fridge until the next week when someone finally throws them away – untouched:-(