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!
Turkey Sandwich with Cranberry Sauce - The absolute first thing that I have to do with the Thanksgiving leftovers is to make a turkey and cranberry sandwich. There is just something magical about the turkey, cranberry and mayonnaise flavour combination and I just can't get enough of it!
Thanksgiving Eggs Benedict - What a perfect morning after breakfast using some of the leftover turkey, cranberry sauce and gravy.
Roast Turkey Cuban Sandwich - This is a roast turkey take on the classic cubano sandwich that includes a touch cranberry sauce that makes it even better!
Turkey and Squash "Thanksgiving" Risotto - I always enjoy making butternut squash risotto during the winter and a great way to change things up a bit is to include some leftover turkey, dried cranberries, pecans and spices to give a really nice holiday feel to it!
Grilled Turkey and Brie Sandwich with Cranberry Chutney - This year I made a cranberry chutney that reminded my of a baked brie with cranberry sauce which inspired this sandwich which turned out to be so amazingly good!
Turkey and Cranberry Sushi - This was another weird and wacky turkey and cranberry sauce leftover fusion dish that turned out surprisingly well.
The Rachel Sandwich (aka Roast Turkey Reuben Sandwich) - When you have leftover roast turkey one thing that you have to try is using it in a sandwich reuben style in a Rachel sandwich with coleslaw or sauerkraut russian dressing and swiss cheese!
Turkey and Cranberry Quesadillas - I always enjoy experimenting with combining different cuisines and turkey and cranberry sauce leftovers make for some really good cheesy quesadillas!
Roast Turkey Sandwich with Artichoke Tapenade, Caramelized Onions and Roasted Red Peppers - Roast turkey just goes so well in sandwiches and this one with artichoke tapenade and roasted red pepper is sure to please!
Turkey Pho - If you are looking for something lighter after that heavy holiday meal you can't go wrong with this light, fresh and tasty pho! Once again this soup benefits greatly from using your own home made turkey stock.
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