Thanksgiving day has come and gone and, if you’re anything like me, you’ve spent some time standing in front of the refrigerator trying to figure out just what to do with all those Thanksgiving leftovers. Well, don’t fret: We’ve dedicated this Friday Five to the recipes we love for making use of leftovers.
01. Sandwiches Galore
Leftover turkey is perfect for sandwiches. They’re a little lighter, easy to assemble, and easily packable if you’re heading back to work today. I love these Turkey, Cranberry, and Brie Paninis or these Turkey, Pesto, and Fresh Mozzarella Sandwiches.
02. Bake It Up (again)
One of the best ways to use that leftover turkey is to whip up a batch of our Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Caramelized Onions. It is comfort food at it’s finest and the perfect for all that turkey sitting in your fridge. Otherwise, if you really want to make it simple, try this Leftover Turkey Pot Pie from the genius Alison Roman.
03. Wild Rice Remix
Being from Minnesota, we always have wild rice at our Thanksgiving table. While I’m somewhat of a purist when it comes to my favorite local grain, I am hoping to give this Arugula and Wild Rice Salad with Zippy Dressing a try with some of our leftover rice. This Wild Rice Salad with Orange Vinaigrette would also be a great, lighter option to try.
04. Make Some Balls
If you’re like our carb-loving family, you might not have any leftover mashed potatoes. But if you do, definitely give these Loaded Mashed Potato Balls a spin. They’re a little bit like arancini and they are absolutely perfect for Thanksgiving leftovers. I also love the idea of turning leftover mashed potatoes into gnocchi. Yum!
05. The Bottom of The Bottle
Have some leftover wine you can’t bear to throw out? Why not try this recipe for Mulled Wine Syrup from Serious Eats. You can use up your leftovers and amp up your breakfast or dessert game in one simple move. Genius!
Do you have any must make recipes for your Thanksgiving leftovers? We would absolutely love to try them. Send us your recipes on social media, in the comments, or via email. Happy Cooking!