5 Different Ways To Keep Using Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

written by EcoScraps Staff

Making the most of thanksgiving leftovers

If you're like me, eating Thanksgiving leftovers means either microwaving the classic side dishes or stuffing them inside a delicious roll for a much needed snack. While these work great, sometimes you may have uneven portions of leftovers that you don't know how to use and end up throwing away. This thanksgiving try making some really simple casseroles, soups, and even a Panini! 

5 Recipes To Use Up Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

1. Turkey Casserole

Ingredients

  • Leftover turkey
  • Leftover mash potatoes
  • Leftover gravy
  • Leftover stuffing

Directions

  1. Dump potatoes, gravy and stuffing in casserole dish or a 9x13 pan, whatever will accommodate your specific amount of leftovers.
  2. Then cut some of the leftover turkey into bite-sized pieces and add to the other ingredients. Mix everything thoroughly right in the baking dish.
  3. If you feel like you didn't have enough gravy left to get the right amount of moisture in your casserole, you can add chicken broth or even cream of chicken soup to get the level of moisture you prefer.
  4. Sprinkle with a little black pepper.
  5. Bake in a preheated 350 oven and bake until it is hot, bubbly and wonderfully browned on the top. If all the ingredients were cold from the fridge, it will probably take 30-40 minutes to really heat through.

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2. Turkey Noodle Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons margarine
  • 1-1/2 cups frozen chopped vegetable blend for seasoning (onion, celery, bell pepper)
  • 1 cup frozen sliced carrots
  • 2 cups chopped cooked turkey
  • 2 cups dry wide egg noodles, uncooked
  • 1 pkg (32 oz each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon parsley flakes

Directions

  1. Melt margarine in large saucepan over medium-high heat; add all frozen vegetables. Cook 3 to 5 minutes or until onions are tender, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add turkey; cook 2 minutes or until hot. Add noodles, broth, pepper and parsley flakes to saucepan; stir to combine. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook 7 to 10 minutes or until noodles are tender.

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3. Thanksgiving Panini

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • slices sourdough sandwich bread
  • 2 slices Swiss cheese
  • 1/3 cup shredded leftover roasted Thanksgiving turkey
  • 3 tablespoons leftover cranberry sauce
  • 1/3 cup leftover dressing
  • 2 tablespoons leftover giblet gravy
  • 2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature

Directions

  1. Spread the mustard on both slices of bread, then lay a slice of cheese on each piece. On one slice, arrange the turkey and the cranberry sauce. On the other slice, lay on the dressing and spoon the gravy over the top.
  2. Carefully unite the two halves into one sandwich, then spread the top side of the bread with 1 tablespoon of the butter.
  3. Invert the sandwich, butter-side down, onto a hot panini maker (or a grill pan or skillet over medium-low heat). Spread the top with the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter.
  4. Close the panini maker and grill the sandwich until the bread is crusty and golden, the fillings are hot, and the cheese is melted. Flip the sandwich halfway through to grill the other side.
  5. Pull it off the heat and slice it in half! This sandwich is to die for.

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4. Turkey Hash 

Ingredients

  • 4 Idaho potatoes, peeled, diced into 1? chunks
  • 3 cups roasted or smoked turkey, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 1/2 bunch green onions, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon creole seasoning or seasoning salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • sour cream to top if desired
  • buttered toast with jam to serve

Directions

  1. In a medium pot add diced potatoes, cover with cold water and boil for 5-7 minutes, until potatoes are tender which pricked with a fork.
  2. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a medium skillet add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and heat over medium heat. Add onion and saute for about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more.
  4. Add potatoes to pan, season with spices, mix well and cook for about 5 minutes more.
  5. Add turkey, mix well, and cook for 5 more minutes.
  6. Preheat broiler.
  7. Top hash with grated cheese and broil until cheese melts about 4 minutes.
  8. Top with green onions and serve.

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5. Left Over Thanksgiving Turkey Pot Pie

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2/3 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 1/2 cup frozen diced carrots
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups chopped leftover Thanksgiving turkey
  • 1 puff pastry sheet, cut into four 4 1/4-inch squares
  • 1 large egg, beaten

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly oil four 10-ounce ramekins or coat with nonstick spray.
  2. To make the filling, melt butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic, onion, corn, carrots and peas and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions become translucent, about 2 minutes. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Gradually whisk in chicken broth, milk and thyme, and cook, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in turkey; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Divide the filling evenly into the ramekins. Top with puff pastry and gently cut 4 vents in the top of the crust. Brush each crust with the beaten egg.
  4. Place into oven and bake until the crust is golden brown, about 20 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes before serving.

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Happy Thanksgiving from ecoscraps!

Photo Credits:

  • Cover picture of table - https://astromarketnetwork.wordpress.com/2015/10/07/guild-wars-2-heart-of-thorns-49-99/
  • Casserole - http://rockinmama.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Turkey-Casserole.jpg
  • Turkey noodle Soup - http://www.readyseteat.com/recipes-Leftover-Turkey-Noodle-Soup-6946.html?utm_source=Pinterest&utm_medium=Pinterest&utm_content=Recipe&utm_campaign=Pinterest_Status
  • Turkey Panini - http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ree-drummond/leftover-thanksgiving-panini.html
  • Thanksgiving Hash - http://creolecontessa.com/2014/11/turkey-hash/
  • Turkey Pot Pie - http://damndelicious.net/2013/11/22/leftover-thanksgiving-turkey-pot-pie/