Typically, I start digging into the Thanksgiving leftovers before the day is over. Mashed potatoes, turkey, stuffing and gravy are a beautiful combination. However, by the next night, I start becoming tired of the same old leftovers and so do my kids. At the same time, I don’t want to start cooking new food. After all, my kitchen, and the cook, are still recovering from the Thanksgiving feast. Thus, here are some unique Thanksgiving leftover recipe ideas, for those who like to cook outside of the box.
Bacon Wrapped Cheesy Mashed Potatoes
For this delicious after-Thanksgiving treat, I take a ½ cup full (or a little more if you like) of shredded colby jack or cheddar cheese and toss it into a microwave safe bowl on top of 2 cups of mashed potatoes. Heat the mashed potatoes until warm (about 45 seconds) and then stir the cheese into the mashed potatoes. Heat for an additional 20-30 seconds. Then, I take 12 strips of cooked and slightly cooled bacon and break each one in half. I take a tablespoon of mashed potatoes and put it in the center of the bacon. Then, I wrap the bacon around the cheesy potatoes and secure it with a toothpick. This should be enough for about 24 bacon wrapped cheesy mashed potatoes. Did I mention these are great appetizers for any party?
Turkey Cornbread Sandwich
If you made cornbread muffins or corn bread for Thanksgiving, this is a nice twist on a traditional hot turkey sandwich. The day old cornbread is a easier to cut but can easily be moistened up with a little gravy. Slice the cornbread in half and then pile on your turkey. Grilled onions, some mixed greens and dried cranberries on this sandwich tastes great. Don’t forget some gravy to dip your sandwich in.
Thanksgiving Leftovers Stuffed Biscuits
Buttery biscuits add something extra to day old turkey and stuffing. Simply take a can of refrigerated biscuits and divide each biscuit in half. I like the flakey biscuits because they are easy to separate. Add turkey and stuffing to the center and then cover with the second half. When the biscuits are done, you can dip them in gravy. Another yummy idea is to put turkey and cheese inside of the biscuit. Bake in the oven and follow the directions on the package. You could also add some leftover apple pie filling to the biscuits. Some candied sweet potatoes (with extra marshmallows) would also be good. For added flavor, brush the tops with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
I hope these unique Thanksgiving leftover ideas will provide some culinary excitement the day after Thanksgiving and beyond.
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