Most of the year, leftovers are not very popular. They’re ho-hum, make-do, save-some-money types of food. But Thanksgiving leftovers are another story. I know people who look forward to the day after Thanksgiving every bit as much as the actual turkey day!
Here are some ideas for taking leftovers one step further and turning them into their own extra-special foods. Nobody’s going to notice that they just had some of these foods the day before, because you’ll be transforming them into works of art that stand on their own! And who knows? Maybe next November, you’ll serve some of these dishes as part of the Thanksgiving feast!
Cranberry sauce: Prepare an 8.5 oz box of corn muffin mix. Before baking stir ¼ cup cranberry sauce and ¼ cup shredded Pepper jack cheese into the batter. Bake as usual.
Or here’s another one: Make salsa by mixing ½ cup cranberry sauce with ¼ cup chopped onion and a tablespoon each of chopped jalapeno, cilantro and lime juice. Serve with chips.
Mashed potatoes: Stuff them into halved poblano peppers, top with shredded cheese and bake until tender.
Turkey: In a food processor blender, finely chop a cup of turkey, a cup of mushrooms, 2 tsp soy sauce and 1 tsp fresh ginger. Mix in 1 egg white. Use this mixture to fill wonton wrappers and simmer in turkey broth.
Who says leftovers are boring? In fact, leftovers can be the star attraction when you put them together in new ways. Go for it!