Thanksgiving Leftovers

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on November 28, 2008

This morning I shared a few ideas about using your Thanksgiving Leftovers on the Fox 45 morning show. And here they are for you…

Thanksgiving Shepherd’s Pie
In 9×13 glass baking dish, layer stuffing, then shredded turkey and top with leftover mashed potatoes. Dig a few 1/4 inch holes in the potatoes and pour gravy over the potatoes, and into the holes. Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes, to warm it through. Cut and serve like a shepherd’s pie or lasagna.

Turkey Pot Pie
1 16 oz. bag of mixed vegetables, 2-3 cups of homemade white sauce, 1-2 cups shredded turkey, 1 homemade pie crust (I recommend the crust recipe in this post from the “Thanksgiving on a Budget” series from last week!)

In 8×8 baking dish, mix vegetables (don’t have to be thawed) and 2-3 cups white sauce. Add 1-2 cups shredded turkey and mix through. Place pie crust over top of the baking dish. Vent pie crust with 2-3 small slits in the crust. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.

BBQ Turkey Sandwiches with Corn Pudding
Add your favorite BBQ sauce to a whole wheat bun with sliced turkey. Serve with “cornbread stuffing” pudding.

Cornbread Stuffing Pudding
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
2 cups leftover cornbread stuffing
3/4 – 1 cup milk
1 large egg

In bowl, whish egg and milk. Add leftover cornbread stuffing and whisk. Add corn. Bake in a greased 8×8 baking dish for 25 minutes at 375.

Cranberry Turkey Sandwich
Grab some whole wheat bread, spread some cranberry sauce on one slice, a little mayo on the other slice. Add some sliced turkey meat, a piece of lettuce and Yum! A perfect light lunch for Friday or Saturday.

Potato-Broccoli Soup
Take 2 leftover broccoli heads, add 1 cup of mashed potatoes, 2 cups of chicken broth, 2 cups of milk (0r 1 can evaporated milk), salt and pepper, and a little extra virgin olive oil. Toss in any leftover chopped celery and onion. Add all ingredients to saucepan. Stir well, bring to boil. Then reduce heat and simmer. Simmer for 10-15 minutes. If necessary, blend with immersion hand blender. Garnish with sour cream or shredded cheese.

Sweet Potato Muffins
A perfect Saturday morning treat!
1 cup mashed sweet potatoes
2 eggs
2/3 cup milk
1/4 cup honey or 1/2 cup sugar
2 T butter, melted
2 cups flour (or 2 cups rice flour if GF)
2 t baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
12 pecan halves, whole
OR 12 pecan halves, crushed (Place whole pecan on top of muffin, or put crushed pecans into muffin batter)

Whisk sweet potatoes, eggs, milk, honey OR sugar, and butter. Add flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Mix until batter forms. Fold in chopped pecans. Pour into greased 12 muffin tin. Add pecan half on top of batter if you didn’t mix the pecans into the batter.
Bake for 20 minutes at 400.

These muffins were dense and not to sweet. I enjoyed them!

I’d love to hear your ideas for how you used your Thanksgiving Leftovers! Leave me a comment with your favorite Thanksgiving leftover meal!

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Sherry November 28, 2008 at 10:48 am

We’re having Turkey Curry, some potato bread with mashed potatoes,and probably eat the leftover stuffing as it is Cranberry, Sausage, and Apple Stuffing. :D

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An Apron Straitjacket November 28, 2008 at 12:40 pm

I’m so glad you posted the cranberry Turkey sandwich! I’ve loved these for years, yet I always catch grief from whoever’s around when I eat them, because they think I’m a freak of nature for thinking it’s good. Now I have proof that I’m not alone in my cranberry/turkey combo love and maybe NOW I can get them to at least taste it!

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Heidi November 28, 2008 at 4:58 pm

I make this turkey cordon bleu dish ONLY at Thanksgiving time- it’s super easy and REALLY good! I think the reason it’s such a hit is because there’s only one time of year that it’s made! :) Although, I use french cut green beans, not frozen.

http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1739,150164-248194,00.html

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PJ November 29, 2008 at 3:37 pm

I am SO GLAD I found your site! A friend of mine told me about it and I have been hooked!

I took a recipe for a pot pie cassarole and embellished it to incorporate the leftovers.

Preheat oven to 350.

-4 cups of chopped up cooked turkey (or chicken if you prefer)
-2 cans of condensed cream soup (I used broccoli cheese and chicken)
-instead of the 16 oz bag of fzn veggies which was in the original recipe, I used a cup of leftover steamed green beans, raw white corn cut from 2 cobs, 2 raw carrots sliced, 2 small raw red potatoes cubed, half a chopped sweet onion, 1 celery rib chopped.

Stir all above in a large bowl. Add to a large baking dish and cook TIGHTLY covered for 1 hour and 45 mins. Take out of the oven and on top add a single layer of:

16 oz can of refrig. biscuits

Brush with 4 TBSP of melted butter and sprinkle pepper over the top. Bake for an add’l 18 mins until the biscuits are done.

ENJOY :)

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Monica November 29, 2008 at 6:44 pm

We make the cranberry-turkey sandwich as well, but we use cream cheese instead of mayo. It is to die for!!!! This sandwich is my favorite way to eat leftover turkey.

I found your site about a month ago and just love it! Thank you for doing such a great job.

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Lori November 30, 2008 at 8:30 pm

I made the sweet potato muffins for my 2 year old twins and they loved them. Which was good because sweet potatoes were on a great sale!
Love your blog – thanks for all your great ideas!

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Betsy December 1, 2008 at 7:40 pm

Mmm… sweet potato muffins sound wonderful! We also like this soup for leftovers. It’s worth roasting a turkey just for this soup. Mmmmm

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Sactosteph October 21, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Last year I saw the best recipe in a magazine about Thanksgiving… This is from memory, and craving… I thought it sounded awesome.

Roll turkey and green beans in cold mashed potatoes. (Not really sure how well this works – they looked like cigars…)
Pan fry it.
Dip in hot gravy.

OMG. that sounded so good. (I think I’m hungry!)

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Ellen October 21, 2010 at 6:56 pm

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