Friday, November 26, 2010

Holiday Prep: Leftovers

I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving yesterday! Even though I'm writing this well in advance, I'm sure I did.

But now that everything is done, what do you do with all those leftovers? Here's some of my ideas:

1) Freeze what you can! Leftover turkey freezes very nicely. Just bag and mark and freeze. Then you can thaw it out later to make into enchiladas, turkey sandwiches, put in pasta, and so on. Also, as I've mentioned before, mashed potatoes freeze well. Or to get even more creative, build casseroles out of your leftovers: Line a casserole dish with aluminum foil with a good couple inches poking out each side. Spray the foil. Then thinly layer mashed potatoes on the bottom, then layer in 1 cup turkey mixed with 1 cup leftover green bean casserole and about 1/2 cup gravy, and then top with a layer of stuffing. You can even sprinkle a little cheese on top if desired. Freeze solid, wrapped in foil (when hard it can be removed from the casserole dish). At baking time, put it back in the casserole dish and heat at 350 for about an hour, or until hot and bubbly throughout. Voila! Instant dinner in mid December or early January when you're totally rushed!

2) Add a few new ingredients or warm it up differently to make it feel different. Try pureeing your leftover sweet potatoes, add some chicken stock to thin it out, and serve as a soup. Or try warming your stuffing up in a skillet to get some extra-crispy edges.

3) Turkey sandwiches! There's nothing wrong with a classic!

4) Switch up the time of day. I have nothing against eating pie or jell-o for breakfast. :)

Anybody else have good leftover use-ups?

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