This year with a smaller turkey, we won’t have as much in the way of leftovers, but still, it is nice to make a fresh meal with a different flavor than our traditional Thanksgiving feast. I thought today would be a great day to show you some recipes to make the leftovers taste like a new dish with different flavors. Starting off, here’s my Leftover Chicken or Turkey Mornay. This is a light version of a classic dish, scrumptious with the topping of mornay sauce and lots of cheese. It’s a great meal to use your individual au gratin dishes, but if you don’t have these, it works fine in a larger baking dish.
And I have more ideas for using leftovers in individual au gratin dishes in my post on Creative Leftovers. Using leftover pasta or mac-and-cheese, you could add some turkey to this dish for an Italian Turkey with Penne Pasta.
This recipe uses left over turkey and cranberry sauce along with some barbeque sauce, to make a totally new meal. I used toast only because I didn’t have any sesame seed buns, but they are great with any kind of bread – Sloppy Toms with Cranberry Barbeque Sauce.
Of course, turkey soup with noodles is a leftover tradition, and I am making this today. Just boil the bones with some onion for about 30 minutes, then pull out the bones and let them cool enough to pick off the meat to add back to the soup. Add your pasta (or dumplings) of choice, and boil until done. Add salt and pepper to taste, and enjoy a hot meal for a chilly day. You could add some peas and carrots too if you like.
For a Mexican inspired meal, substitute turkey for the pork in my Leftover Enchiladas.
One last idea, surfing the internet on Thanksgiving day last year, I came across this crazy idea in more than one place, so I tried it. The best part of the dressing is the crunchy parts to soak up the gravy, and this worked really well to get that back with leftovers. You’ll need your leftover dressing and a waffle maker.
Spoon the dressing onto the waffle maker not too thickly, press the lid down and bake for about 5 minutes. If it needs a bit more, just press the lid down again and go another minute or two, depending on how moist the dressing is to start. It is a bit tricky to get it out in one piece, but trust me it won’t matter if you don’t.
Add turkey and some gravy, and you have a fresh tasting leftover turkey and dressing meal. After all, it is the best meal of the week, so have it one more time.
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Those are a few of my ideas for using up the leftovers. I hope you had a wonderful weekend! What’s your favorite go-to meal using leftover turkey?