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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Thanksgiving Leftovers

 
Did you survive the foodfest yesterday? Manage to escape the usual embarrassing questions? Get your much-anticipated annual replay of Uncle Lester’s "pull my finger" trick? Attempt to watch football over the buzz saw snoring of Cousin Earl, who managed to launch into a spirited commentary of the car insurance commercial before abruptly dozing off on the couch?

Has the waistband of your yoga pants asked to be put in the witness protection program?

However you spent your day, we hope it was a good one. And if you had the traditional banquet full of dishes that filled up ever available space on the dining table, chances are you’ve got more leftovers than available fridge space. But don’t worry! Just for you (well, a little bit for us, too), we’re featuring a few great recipes that can transform your leftovers into yet another special dish. In fact, they’re so good that you just might start cooking more so you can make these.

If you want to go light, we’ve got a few turkey salad dishes that won’t scare your yoga pants. Or maybe the chilly weather is calling for a hearty soup to warm you up. We’ve got that too.
 

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Thanksgiving Leftovers (Soup and Salad)Clockwise from top left: steamykitchen’s Curry Apple and Leftover Turkey Salad Sandwich (which you can pile onto lettuce cups so you can skip the bread), Turkey and Mushroom Soup from Kelly @ EvilShenanigans, and Turkey & Wild Rice Curry Salad from afarmgirlsdabbles.

 
 
 
A sandwich is another quick and light meal, and many of you love making sandwiches with all that good turkey. Here are some that caught our eye:
 

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Thanksgiving Leftovers (Sandwiches)Clockwise from top left: Turkey Cranberry Sandwich from Very Culinary, Thanksgiving Monte Cristo Sandwich from familyfreshcooking, and Turkey, Brie, Pear & Cherry Chipotle Panini from cookincanuck.

 
 
 
Another favorite way to use up leftovers is the classic pot pie. From the usual crust topping to puff pastry or a biscuit topping, there’s just something incredibly comforting about a warm and creamy savory filling topped with pastry.
 

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Thanksgiving Leftovers (Pot Pies)Clockwise from top left: Roasted Chicken Pot Pie from Natalie (Perrys’ Plate), “Enlighten” Autum Chicken Pot Pie from The Noshery, Hobo Bags from Cooking Ventures, and Chicken Puff Pot Pie from TootSweet.

 
 
 
Of course, turkey isn’t the only thing you might have in excess. Got leftover butternut squash? Turn them into pancakes. Extra sweet potatoes, carrots, and other veggies? Try a nice pureed soup with a hint of coconut and curry. Leftover stuffing? Make some amazing stuffing balls. Got leftover pie? Have it for breakfast.
 

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Thanksgiving Leftovers (Others)Clockwise from top left: Whole Wheat Butternut Squash Pancakes from EatLiveRun, Roasted Sweet Potato & Carrot Soup with Pumpkin Seeds from Eating for England, and Thanksgiving Stuffing Balls from patiodaddio.

 
 
 
And there you have it! A post-holiday roundup of recipes for your leftovers. I’m telling you, leftovers never looked better. Do you have a favorite way to re-purpose the remnants of your holiday feast? Come share them with us!

Happy eating! May your table always be full and may your yoga pants never leave you.

 
 

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Marie Nixon on 12.2.2010

The last thing I baked was a 3 layer chocolate cake for my son’s 20th birthday today.

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Melissa H from So. Fla. on 12.1.2010

Lauren’s Latest has the best Turkey a la King. :)

Laura Stark on 12.1.2010

Oh heck, I posted mine in the wrong spot!

mommycam on 11.30.2010

We make turkey soup and then, put a stuffing ball in it–like a matzo ball. Delicious!

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Natalie | Perry's Plate on 11.30.2010

Thanks for adding my recipe! I actually made that pot pie the day after Thanksgiving with leftover gravy instead of drippings. :) Love the other ideas!