cups leftover turkey, shredded or chopped
cup leftover cranberry sauce
cups leftover cooked wild or white rice
cups leftover mashed potatoes
cup fresh parsley, for garnish
For the sushi: Spread a layer of rice on top of a bamboo place mat.
Follow with a layer of mashed potatoes, turkey, cranberry sauce, and fresh parsley.
Using the place mat as a guide, roll up the leftovers until it forms a sushi roll and slice.
For the crostini: Using a cookie cutter, cut circles out of the tortillas. Toast them up a little.
Do the same layering as you did with the sushi. Serve.
More About This Recipe
- Now, now. Before you glance at the title of this recipe, just hear me out.Everything is cooked. In fact, all of the ingredients are pulled from the majestic meal known as THANKSGIVING DINNER.You do know you have options in life when it comes to leftovers, right? You have the "spoon it out, plop it down, nuke it up, shove it in" approach.Or you have me to offer you new and tasty options when it comes to leftover land!Let's make some sushi and crostini, shall we?Now, you can really use whatever leftovers you have to make this sushi. If sushi ain't ya thang, let's go with crostini! So there you have it! Two new ways to fancy up your leftovers.
10 Ways to Reuse Your Thanksgiving Leftovers
To get the most out of your Thanksgiving budget, don't toss the leftovers, reuse them! Leftover turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and stuffing can all be transformed into delicious and innovative meals. In this article, we'll look at specific dishes from your Thanksgiving meal and show you how to pair them with other ingredients to make new and creative meals.
First, let's take a look at the bird.
The iconic centerpiece of the Thanksgiving meal, the turkey, is a versatile leftover. "It (turkey) has one of those blank canvases that enable it to be anything from Southwestern to Italian to Asian," says Sherrie Rosenblatt, spokesperson for the National Turkey Federation.
After indulging in the fattening gravy and extra whipping cream on your pumpkin pie, you might want to go with something a little healthier. Salads are a great way to get a few more vegetables into your diet. The Tropical Turkey Salad will give you protein and help you use up the rest of that leftover turkey.
Soup pairs well with a salad. Even though chicken is usually the traditional poultry for soups, turkey can be substituted in many of those recipes. Try using some of your leftover Thanksgiving turkey in your next soup, or give Creamy Turkey Soup a try. It's an easy slow cooker soup recipe perfect for a winter lunch or dinner. For a soup in about 20 minutes, Tomato and Turkey Soup with Pesto is packed with vegetables and uses your leftover turkey as well.
For a nontraditional turkey sandwich with your leftovers, try this Rueben Crostini recipe recommended by Sara Williams-Clark, chef-instructor at Le Cordon Bleu, St. Louis, and member of the American Culinary Federation.
- French baguette, cut into 1/8- to 1/4-inch slices
- Melted butter
- Thousand Island dressing
- Leftover cooked turkey slices, cut thin
- Sauerkraut, drained of liquid
- Swiss cheese, cut in thin slices
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Lay bread slices on cookie sheet.
- Lightly brush with melted butter.
- Add pepper and salt to taste.
- Bake in a 350-degree Fahrenheit (176-degree Celsius) oven for 4 to 6 minutes, until slightly crispy.
- Remove from oven.
- Assemble by spreading a thin layer of Thousand Island dressing on each bread slice.
- Place a few slices of turkey breast on top.
- Spread with a thin layer of sauerkraut.
- Top with one slice of cheese, cut in half.
- Place under the broiler in your oven until the cheese has melted.
Whether store-bought or homemade, cranberry sauce usually makes an appearance at Thanksgiving Day meals. When the party is over, that leftover cranberry sauce can be given new life in the form of a dip. Try blending cranberry sauce with butter for a tangy spread perfect for breads or bran muffins, says Dawn Gates, communication manager for the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers' Association and a fourth-generation cranberry grower. Another cranberry sauce dip is perfect with crackers or on a bagel. Simply blend chopped walnuts, cream cheese and cranberry sauce together. You can also add other spices such as nutmeg or cinnamon for a different taste. For a sweet dip, mix the cranberry sauce with a whipped topping and cream cheese [source: Kraft Foods]. This dip is perfect to go with a fruit plate.
6: Cranberry Sauce — Sauces
Cranberry sauce is also a great topper for many meat dishes. Use your extra cranberry sauce as a glaze for your next chicken or pork dish. Just mix the cranberry sauce with a little vinegar and glaze the chicken or pork, advises Gates. Another twist on this idea is to use the cranberry sauce and vinegar mixture in place of the ketchup you might use to top meatloaf. Along with a similar red color, the sauce will help to keep the meat moist and enhance the overall flavor of the dish.
Cranberries are usually grown in dry beds, but are flooded with water to prevent plants from freezing during the winter months [source: The Cranberry Institute]. Water is also used to float the fruit during the harvest.
75 Dairy-Free Recipes for all Your Thanksgiving Leftovers
Many recipes for Thanksgiving leftovers use copious amounts of cheese or other dairy products to morph them into a casserole. But there are plenty of creative ways to use up those delicious remains without a drop of milk. This post includes a round-up of dairy-free recipes to help you enjoy that leftover turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, cornbread, mashed potatoes, and gravy for many meals to come.
Just like my Thanksgiving post, these recipes for Thanksgiving leftovers are already dairy-free (no milk, casein, lactose, whey, etc). So there is no need for alterations, unless you are feeling adventurous!
I have broken the recipes into omnivorous (with meat) and vegetarian (without meat) categories. But vegans and vegetarians can substitute their meatless turkey in many of the omnivorous recipes. Many of the options below are also gluten-free, or can be easily adapted to gluten-free.
Omnivorous Dishes for Leftover Turkey and Sides
For most of the recipes that call for turkey, you can substitute leftover tofurky for a vegetarian or vegan dish.
- Top Chef Autumn Turkey Stew(uses turkey) (uses turkey, mashed potatoes, vegetables, and gravy)
- Turkey Vegetable Soup with Stuffing Dumplings (uses turkey and stuffing)
- Turkey Cranberry & Hummus Sandwiches(uses turkey and cranberry sauce)
- Individual Pot Pies (uses turkey or tofurky, vegetables, and optionally gravy)
- Paleo Turkey Tzatziki Wrap(uses turkey)
- French Onion Turkey Bistro Sandwiches (uses turkey)
- Stuffing Waffles with All the Trimmings (uses turkey, stuffing, gravy, and/or cranberry sauce uses eggs) (uses turkey or tofurky, vegetables, and gravy)
- Turkey Enchilada Casserole (uses turkey) (uses ham)
- Turkey Pot Pie with Mashed Potatoes(uses turkey, vegetables, mashed potatoes, and gravy)
- Leftover Stuffed Butternut Squash (uses stuffing)
- Turkey Crostini (uses turkey)
- Thanksgiving Feast Turkey Burgers(uses stuffing and cranberry sauce) (uses turkey carcass) (uses turkey and cranberry sauce)
- Turkey & Wild Rice Casserole (uses turkey)
- Peruvian Turkey and Veggie Soup(uses turkey) (uses cornbread)
- Cranberry Pecan Upside Down Cake (uses cranberries)
- Korean Turkey Dumplings (uses turkey) (uses turkey and vegetables)
- Bird to the Last Drop Soup (uses turkey and carcass) (uses ham and mashed potatoes uses an egg) (uses turkey and stuffing uses eggs) (uses cranberry sauce)
- Turkey Salad with Pomegranate and Apple (uses turkey)
- Black Friday Turkey & Stuffing Sandwich(uses turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce) (uses cranberry sauce)
- Crockpot Cranberry Barbecue Chicken (uses cranberry sauce)
- Leftover Salmon or Tuna Cakes (mashed potatoes and cornbread choose your horseradish wisely)
- Cornbread Meatloaf (uses cornbread)
- Turkey, Cranberry, & Stuffing Wrap(uses turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce)
- Post-Thanksgiving Hoagie (uses turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and gravy) (uses ham)
- Easy Turkey Paninis (uses turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and gravy)
- Turkey & Stuffing Croquettes(uses turkey, stuffing, and your leftover dairy-free gravy)
- Layered Leftover Thanksgiving Casserole (uses turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and green bean casserole)
- Turkey & Stuffin’ Soup(uses turkey, stuffing, and vegetables)
- Savory Pot Pie(uses turkey and vegetables)
- Potato Salmon Croquettes(uses mashed potatoes)
Vegan or Vegetarian for Leftover Tofurky and Sides
These recipes are made specifically vegan or dairy-free vegetarian. Eggs are noted when used. If you confuse eggs with dairy, you’re not alone! See this post: Are Eggs Dairy?
Melissa's Easy Leftovers
Melissa d'Arabian, host of Ten Dollar Dinners, makes the most of Thanksgiving leftovers.
Busy mom turned Food Network star Melissa d'Arabian goes to her husband for help with lots of things -- but not Turkey Day. "He's French, so I'm the boss of all things Thanksgiving," she says. After the feast with Philippe and their four daughters, Melissa always has leftovers, and her frugal instincts won't let her waste any of them. She turns out turkey noodles, cranberry crostini, sweet-potato muffins, you name it. "You have to fool your palate into thinking you're eating something new." she says.
Sweet-and-Spicy Pitas Toast 1 1/4 teaspoons curry powder in a skillet 20 seconds let cool. Mix with 2 tablespoons cranberry sauce and 1/2 cup plain yogurt in a bowl. Add 2 cups chopped leftover turkey and 1/4 cup each chopped celery and scallions. Season with salt and add some toasted walnuts, if desired. Stuff into pitas lined with lettuce.
Asian Ginger Salad Combine 2 cups chopped leftover turkey with 1/2 cup mandarin oranges, a handful of slivered almonds and half of a thinly sliced red onion in a bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk 2 teaspoons grated ginger, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 2 tablespoons rice vinegar and 1 teaspoon each red pepper flakes, sugar and sesame oil. Whisk in 1/4 cup vegetable oil and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle the dressing over the turkey salad and toss.
BBQ Sandwiches Mix 4 cups chopped leftover turkey, 1 cup barbecue sauce, 2 minced garlic cloves and the juice of 2 limes in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low 2 to 4 hours. Shred with a fork, then add cider vinegar and salt to taste. Serve on soft buns.
Nutty Noodles Microwave 2 tablespoons chunky peanut butter 20 seconds. Stir in 1/4 cup salsa, 1 tablespoon each mirin and soy sauce, and a splash of water. Toss with 2 cups cold chopped leftover turkey, 2 cups cold cooked spaghetti and 1 chopped scallion.
Use Up Your Cranberry Sauce
Quick Crumble Mix 1 cup cranberry sauce, 2 pounds sliced peeled apples, 2 tablespoons each flour and granulated sugar, a pinch of salt and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla in a buttered baking dish. Dot with 2 tablespoons butter. Mix 1 stick softened butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 3/4 cup each flour and chopped pecans, and a pinch each of cinnamon and salt in a bowl. Crumble over the fruit and bake at 375 degrees F until browned, 40 to 45 minutes.
5-Minute Appetizer Toast baguette slices under the broiler. Top with cream cheese or goat cheese and dollop with cranberry sauce.
Simple Sundaes Heat 1 cup cranberry sauce in a saucepan. Spoon over scoops of vanilla ice cream.
Festive Cocktails Stir a dab of cranberry sauce into a glass of seltzer, or mix with sparkling wine for a kir royale.
DIY Fruit Yogurt Spread a 1/2-inch layer of cranberry sauce in an empty yogurt container or shallow cup top with plain Greek yogurt to make your own fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt.
Use Up Your Mashed Potatoes
Sweet Spread Mash a stick of softened butter with 1/2 cup mashed sweet potatoes and 1 tablespoon brown sugar or maple syrup (skip this if your potatoes were already sweetened). Chill until firm, then spread on scones or waffles.
Stuffed Peppers Cut off the top inch of 4 green bell peppers scoop out the seeds. Mix 3 cups mashed potatoes, 8 slices crumbled cooked bacon and 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese in a bowl stuff into the peppers. Top with more cheese, then replace the pepper tops. Arrange in a baking dish, cover with foil and bake about 45 minutes at 375 degrees F.
Potato Pockets Combine 1/2 cup mashed sweet potatoes, 3 ounces softened cream cheese and 2 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar. Dollop in the center of wonton wrappers, moisten the edges with water and fold into triangles, pressing to seal. Fry in hot vegetable oil and dust with confectioners' sugar.
Magic Muffins Mix 1/2 cup each sugar and unsweetened applesauce, 2 beaten eggs, 3/4 cup mashed sweet potatoes and 1/3 cup vegetable oil in a bowl. In another bowl, whisk 1 cup all-purpose flour with 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon each baking soda and salt, and 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice. Mix the potato mixture into the flour mixture, then stir in some mini chocolate chips. Spoon into greased mini muffin cups. Bake 12 to 13 minutes at 375 degrees F.
- 1 French baguette, cut into diagonal 1/2 inch slices
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup butter or margarine
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- salt and pepper to taste
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
Set the oven to broil at 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
In a small saucepan, combine the olive oil, butter and garlic. Set over medium heat, and cook until butter has melted and the mixture starts to bubble. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat.
Dip each slice of bread into the garlic mixture, turning to coat each side. Place Parmesan cheese on a plate. Press one side of each piece of bread into the cheese, and place cheese side up on a baking sheet.
Broil on the middle rack of the preheated oven for about 8 minutes, or until golden brown.