Once Thanksgiving is over and you’ve had so much turkey, gravy, and mashed potatoes that you feel like you’re going to pop, the last thing you want to do is have more. Then that little voice in your head reminds you that there are starving people somewhere that would love to eat your leftovers (Thanks Mom!). So what do you do when you’re tired of turkey? You make something awesome with the leftovers! Here are some Thanksgiving leftover ideas:
First things first, you can freeze some of it. You may not want more now, but turkey, stuffing, potatoes, and gravy all freeze well. They will make a nice easy heat and serve meal a week or two down the road.
The most obvious leftover transformation is soup. The thought of making soup scares some people, but it’s really very easy to make. First, take the meat off of the carcass and put it aside, then put the bones in a big pot, cover with water, and boil for 2 hours. When you’re done, dump the entire thing into a colander over another pot and keep the liquid. At this point, you can freeze that broth or keep going. If the broth isn’t strong enough, add a few bouillon cubes one at a time until it tastes the way you want it. If you don’t have enough liquid, add some store bought broth as well. Throw the meat back in, some veggies (usually onions, carrots, and celery), some already cooked rice or pasta if you’d like, and salt and pepper to taste. Voila. You just made soup.
Make a casserole
If you’re not a soup person, try making a casserole. Mix cut up turkey, gravy and a vegetable together with some sort of starch (pasta, rice, etc.), spread it out in a casserole dish, and top with shredded cheese and/or crumbled crackers. Bake at 350 for about an hour. You now have a casserole. If you don’t have any gravy, you can substitute a can of creamed soup like cream of mushroom or cream of celery.
Make a pot pie
If you want to go even further, you can make a pot pie. The easiest way to do this is to follow the recipe above for the casserole. Leave off the topping and put the mixture between two store bought crusts, or be really adventurous and make your own crusts.
If you’re seriously suffering from Thanksgiving overload and none of the above ideas sound good to you, make whichever idea sounds the easiest and stick it in the freezer. You’ll be thankful you did on a day that you just don’t feel like cooking.
Do you have any Thanksgiving leftover ideas?