Thanksgiving leftovers are as much a part of the holiday as the feast itself. But turkey sandwiches can get old fast, so do some planning. Adding a few extra ingredients to the Thanksgiving shopping list will give the turkey, sides, and sauces fresh new, personas the day after—and the next. By setting aside pristine (rather than picked over) amounts of food for the downstream recipes before sending everything out to the Thanksgiving table, there's no worry about having what's needed to put together these dishes. Try a couple of these recipes, sprinkle in your own favorite leftover Thanksgiving recipes, and no one will guess they're leftovers.
New Ways to Use Your Thanksgiving Leftovers
Thanksgiving dinner is nearly as treasured for its leftovers as for the feast itself. In fact, wise cooks cook with the goal of having lots of leftovers left over. The first round of dishes are DIY treats that kids or visitors can fish out of the fridge themselves. But then the cook recovers her or his energy and, staring at a bowl of cold spuds, remembers a wonderful British pub dish called Cottage Pie, based on humble mash. Or recalls the shredded turkey in a spicy Mexican posole from a vacation long ago. Thanksgiving leftovers, being in the best way rather basic foods, lend themselves to internationally inspired twists. Here we dish up more than two dozen delicious, playful uses for those precious Turkey Day leftovers.