The day after Thanksgiving, more often than not, we find ourselves wondering how we so grossly overestimated the amount of food we needed. This leaves us with a refrigerator full of leftovers and a family who’s overeaten to the point of never wanting turkey again for the next year. Luckily, we also have a list of ways to reinvent those Thanksgiving leftovers into delicious dishes your family won’t even recognize.
No matter what leftover predicament you’re in, we’ve got a tasty solution in this list of recipes for repurposed main dishes, sides and desserts!
I don’t know what to do with all this turkey and ham…
When it comes to the aftermath of Thanksgiving dinner, leftover poultry and meats are inevitable. The week following Thanksgiving as we know it is often full of turkey and ham sandwiches. However, you no longer need to confine yourself to boring, dry sandwiches! Try any of these three easy recipes that’ll make you forget you’re even eating leftovers!
1. Slow Cooker Turkey Quinoa Chili with Sweet Potatoes and Black Beans
This flavorful chili incorporates not only turkey, but also all those leftover sweet potatoes into a delicious new meal! Plus, all you have to do it throw your ingredients into the slow cooker and let the machine do the work, which is a much appreciated break after all the Thanksgiving dinner prep.
2. Roasted Turkey Lasagna
Lasagna is one of our favorite comfort foods and this one is so easy to prepare and different enough from yesterday’s feast, no one will know you’ve repurposed the bird!
3. Holiday Ham Pizza Rolls
Even your pickiest eaters will enjoy these holiday pizza rolls. The delicious combination of ham and melted cheese make these rolls a hit guaranteed to use up all that leftover ham!
We have way too many side dishes left…
Every year we fall into the trap of mashing way too many potatoes and ending up with a surplus of cranberry sauce. With these three easy recipes, you’ll find a new love for classic Thanksgiving side dishes.
4. Potato Cakes with Fried Eggs and Turkey-Red Pepper Hash
These potato cakes with an optional fried egg and turkey vegetable hash are so easy to make, they practically cook themselves!
5. Cranberry Meatballs
These savory meatballs put cranberry sauce to good use. Combine barbecue sauce, cranberry sauce and chili powder to make a flavorful sauce for these ultra-moist meatballs!
6. Thanksgiving Leftover Brunch featuring Stuffing Waffles
Your brunch guests will thank you for this hearty brunch that incorporates all the best parts of a Thanksgiving meal without feeling like a repeat of the holiday dinner!
I can’t possibly eat all these desserts…
We never would’ve thought we’d complain about having too many desserts, yet here we are. When you’ve tired yourself out making sweet potato pies and various harvest apple desserts, look to these three recipes to reinvent your holiday sweets.
7. Sweet Potato Hummus
Who knew hummus could get any better than it already is? Make this part sweet, part savory dip in your Magimix Food Processor in a snap!
8. Sweet Potato Kale Frittata
Perfect for next-day breakfast, lunch or dinner, this sweet potato kale frittata is a surefire crowd-pleaser!
9. Apple Pie Milkshake
Too much leftover apple pie than you know what to do with? Blend a slice into vanilla ice cream for a delicious drinkable dessert.
Your fridge full of leftovers will be cleared out in no time with these yummy recipes that everyone will love!