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Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

Thanksgiving Recipes

The Thanksgiving dinner is a truly amazing thing and one of the parts that I enjoy most is just getting started when the dinner comes to an end and that is thinking about creative ways to use all of the leftovers. In fact I tend to plan on making more than I believe that will be finished to ensure that there will be enough leftover to experiment with. Although I would be probably be perfectly happy using all of the leftover turkey in my favourite roast turkey sandwiches, I see it almost as a challenge to do something new and creative with the leftovers every year to keep things interesting. There are just so many things that you can do with roast turkey and if you also consider using some of the other leftovers in the same dish like the cranberry sauce or the sweet potato casserole things really start to get really fun. If you roasted a full turkey, don't throw the carcass out as you can use it to make some turkey stock and that opens up a whole new load of doors for turkey soups and stews. I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you some ideas for using your Thanksgiving leftovers in creative ways and so I present to you some of my favourites!





































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38 comments:

Culinary Cory said...

Great list of leftover ideas. Nice variety of sandwiches.

Kerstin said...

You're got all the bases covered here, what a great list of ideas!

3 hungry tummies said...

What a great list of using up leftover!!!

WannabeVirginia W. said...

Awesome recipes. I am wondering if you could include the nutritional facts or calories of the meals that you have made.

Nina Timm said...

I think I'll skip the real deal and move over to the leftovers right away!!!

screwdestiny said...

Ooh, they all sound so tasty! I'm just gonna be boring and make a turkey shephard's pie...

♥peachkins♥ said...

great ideas kevin!

angela@spinachtiger said...

How nice of you to think of us Americans. I made zuni cafe chicken instead and if you've never tried it, you will love it! Same left overs apply though.

Sharon said...

Wow great leftover ideas, having the family over tonight to eat leftovers, so these are great!

Chris said...

My personal favorite is the Kentucky Hot Brown, but these are all great ideas.

LV said...

When are you going to produce a Closet Cooking cookbook? They'd make great Christmas presents! I'd buy one for everyone I know!

Kaylie said...

The Turkey and Brie sandwich looks amazing! I'm Canadian so my Thanksgiving was a while ago, but I may see if I can find some turkey breasts at the store just to try that. :)

Gina said...

All great ideas!!!

thecompletecookbook said...

Fabulous ideas - I think the risotto and chilli are top of my list as favourites.
:-) Mandy

LimeCake said...

Wow what a mouthwatering roundup of delicious recipes to try!

MissAlyssa said...

that photo of the turkey sandwich with cranberry sauce is making me want to eat turkey again!!! ill fight the urge but yum E!!!!

Elysa said...

Your post has me dreaming about the Thanksgiving leftovers I'll be enjoying in a couple of weeks. In fact, I liked your suggestions so much, I shared the link at my own blog:

http://elysasmusingsfromgraceland.blogspot.com/2011/11/anyone-else-dreaming-about-thanksgiving.html

thewhitedish said...

I like your leftover ideas...I may try a grilled pizza if we have enough turkey or ham leftover..if we have alot of mexican fajita meat left over I usually make a grilled pizza from that. You should try something like that. I'm a blogger myself at thewhitedish.wordpress.com Happy Thanksgiving!

Bibliovore said...

Nice -- thanks for posting this! One more suggestion for you: a savory brioche/puff (I like Better Homes and Gardens' recipe for Gruyère puffs) makes a fantastic seat for turkey salad or on which to spread cranberry sauce.

vicky said...

I dont eat turkey but man oh man - those recipes look divine (except the sushi one). Great post.

pastaforone said...

You've done it again! Never ceases to make my mouth water! BRAVO!!!

the-tasty-truth.com said...

I can't decide if I would rather have had your turkey sandwich with cranberry sauce for breakfast, or the extra large slice of pumpkin pie that I just indulged in! Thanks for sharing; happy Leftover Day.

-the tasty tRuth

Elizabeth said...

Turkey and cranberries are the best!!

Love In Spoonfuls said...

Oh my GOODNESS! definitely making the turkey and brie grilled cheese and the quesadillas. Plus, you had my mouth watering with the description of the turkey, cranberry and mayo combo... love it. Good thing I have more turkey (and leftovers) coming my way this Christmas!

a-hearts said...

mmm this looks awesome

xoxo aley

http://a-hearts.blogspot.com/

JQR77 said...

These all look really good. I'm especially interested in trying the sushi.

Kara Rae said...

I used your turkey pho recipe as a base. I also added dried shiitake mushrooms along with the star anise, cloves, etc.- added an extra layer of flavor. Thanks for the recipe- we've started a new (happily, gluten-free) post-thanksgiving tradition!

tanya1234 said...

thankxxxxx :)

ROR said...

ah Kevin, you're killing me, man... all the leftover turkey stayed at my folks' place!! :/

Natty said...

So... Much... Turkey... Haha, can't eat anymore turkey!

Natalya @ Ruff House Art

clyde-jones said...

Yummmm definately going to try these out!!!

charmel tan said...

These are perfect recipes for our thanksgiving left overs. We don't want it to got to waste. We have to savor and enjoy it.
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Adriana said...

Creative ideas for leftovers! Thanks for the inspiration!

Jessy @ Italian Shirt said...

Oh… at last found all in one, I was struggling a lot to find a good collection for my thanks giving dinner table. Hope I have no hassle next time thanks to you.

Pauline said...

Turkey pho! What a great idea! (Also, you forgot an "h") I'll have to try that myself.

You should also try brisket pho! Brisket is even better than the usual rare sliced steak (I come from a Viet household whose momma makes one of the best pho around).

Kevin said...

Pauline: Turkey pho is definitely a great way to enjoy the turkey leftovers and to use those turkey bones! I will have to try a brisket pho now!

Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious said...

How wrong is it that I just want to skip Thanksgiving and head right to the leftovers?!

Heather Christo said...

OH KEVIN!!! this looks amazing- I want all of those sandwiches!!!!

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