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Thanksgiving leftovers

The Day after Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving has passed, and whether you admit it or not, you will probably have eaten too much or have far too much left over from the day. Well this is where the beauty of eating leftovers comes in!

Thanksgiving Day itself presents a time for overindulgence where people cook and consume vast quantities of food in huge amounts, but the day after is all about the leftovers. Instead of throwing away all of the leftover food and letting it go to waste, there are many recipes and different things we can try to keep reusing the food thus saving a lot of time and money.

If you are the type to over prepare and buy too much for the big day, then you may well find that a lot of your leftovers may not have even made it out of the packaging. Well a great scenario for dealing with this situation is to start making some Gourmet food from the leftovers – so put on your chef’s hat and get cooking!

A whole leftover turkey can be taken to pieces, with the carcass making a great stock and the meat adding volume to the dish – with added ingredients of leftover sausages and various vegetables, you can make a fantastic gourmet turkey gumbo. A great meal to warm you up on a cold Black Friday!

Getting creative with the Thanksgiving leftovers

It doesn’t just have to be about using up the leftover turkey though (although turkey soups and Sheppard’s pies do hit the spot!), it can also be about using up our remaining side dishes too – your sweet potatoes for example can be used in a beautiful recipe called the Sweet Potato Soufflé. Serve this with a sticky rum drizzle and you’ll wish there were even more leftovers! find these and more Thanksgiving leftover recipes on Recipebridge.

The most common of the leftover meals has to of course be the making of the turkey sandwich the day after Thanksgiving. Sure, this might seem a simplistic way to use up your leftovers, but it is their simplicity that makes them so delicious! A few pieces of turkey between two slices of bread is easy enough and can taste nice, but if you want to give your taste buds a real treat, you should try adding leftover cranberries, stuffing a maybe a little gravy too. Find more turkey sandwich recipes on Recipebridge.

Now, as much as I’m sure you’d like to, you can’t keep eating those Thanksgiving leftovers right up to Christmas, so after a few days picking at the bits and pieces left over from the leftovers (!), it is a great time to freeze parts of the leftover dinner. Separate your foods into air-tight containers and label and date them so you know what is in which box and so that they can be consumed before they go bad. Try eating all leftovers within the space of three months.

If it gets to Christmas or any other time in the following few weeks or months, you can rest assured that you have plenty of great food stashed away ready for its next use and that you have a great list of ideas for what to do with the Thanksgiving leftovers too!


Posted by RecipeBridge Staff Writer November 25th 2011
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