How to Love Your Leftovers

As Thanksgiving comes to an end, our freezers become full of savory leftovers. However, eating turkey and stuffing sandwiches gets boring after a while. Here are some things with those leftovers that aren’t just another turkey sandwich.

  • Make Soup. Soup is a quick and easy meal that is great during the winter seasons. You can even make your own stock by using the bones or carcass of the turkey. By chopping up some of the meat into bite-sized pieces, adding some veggies (You can use leftover vegetables, but I’d reccomend fresh unseasoned veggies, not the green bean casserole) and your choice of pasta (egg noodles are delicious in soup) or dumplings.
  • Turkey pot pie- much like a chicken pot pie but instead of using chicken, use that leftover turkey. Check out this recipe from pillsbury to learn how to make a homemade chicken pot pie.
  • Use those leftover mashed potatoes to make potato cakes. My stepdad introduced this to me, a potato cake is a pan-fried mashed potato patty, and they’re a quick and easy snack that works for any time of day. You just add an egg and a bit of flour to hold it together, add seasonings to taste. You then flatten the ”dough” to a patty shape (like if you were to make homemade burgers) and fry it until nice and golden brown and crispy on both sides.
  • Donate to a local shelter. Chances are there’s someone who didn’t have the chance to have a warm, home-cooked meal on Thanksgiving. Chances are as well that you have too many leftovers and not enough mouths to feed them to. So, instead of just throwing away those delicious leftovers, give them to someone in need before it expires. Share the holiday spirit, and help someone out.