Thanksgiving leftovers: Ten creative ideas

Thanksgiving was great, but the party is over. What do you do with all the leftovers?

Thanksgiving leftovers: Ten creative ideas


1.      Bring a plate to an elderly neighbor or lonely bachelor.


2.      Turkey almond salad--mixed cubed turkey with mayo, almonds, celery, grapes and season to taste.


3.      Homemade stock--in a large pot, cover turkey carcass with water, add leftover vegetables, onion and garlic, bring to a boil then simmer 2-4 hours. Use in place of chicken broth. Can be frozen.


4.  Turkey casserole--cube turkey, mix with sautéed onion, celery and garlic, a can of cream soup and bread crumbs (see recipe below)--cook at 375 degrees for a half-hour.


5.      Freeze in meal-sized portions to microwave on a busy night.


6.      Use half-full bottles of wine to make sangria--don't be afraid to mix and match.


7.      Use cranberries to make a yummy relish. Mix with a splash of balsamic vinegar and olive oil-- add chopped jalapenos, onion and garlic--wonderful with tacos.


8.      Use mashed potatoes to make latkes (patties)--combine with sauteed onions and garlic, add beaten egg, form patties and fry in a small amount of vegetable oil. Serve with apple sauce.



9.      Use leftover bread to make bread crumbs and croutons:

Croutons--cube and bake with olive oil, garlic and herbs at 300 degrees until crisp.

Bread crumbs--bake 'til crusty, break into small pieces, put in blender with fresh

herbs to desired consistency.


  Last but not least: eat cold leftovers, with your fingers, while watching TV!

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