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Five Thanksgiving Leftovers Ideas

What are we going to do with our Thanksgiving leftovers? We’re going to find creative ways to make them into delicious new dishes. Be warned, there is nothing “diet” or “light” about these Thanksgiving leftovers ideas, but they sure do...

What are we going to do with our Thanksgiving leftovers? We’re going to find creative ways to make them into delicious new dishes. Be warned, there is nothing “diet” or “light” about these Thanksgiving leftovers ideas, but they sure do taste good!

Turkey and Dumplings

Traditional Chicken and Dumplings
Traditional Chicken and Dumplings

Sure, the common name of the dish is chicken and dumplings, but there is no reason to discriminate against turkey. Turkey adds a nice, rich flavor that just might end up making this dish one of your favorites all year round. Don’t be a chicken, just follow your favorite dumpling recipe (or try Paula Deen's recipe) and substitute turkey.

Turkey Melt

Toast with Turkey and Melted Cheese
Toast with Turkey and Melted Cheese

This is a delicious sandwich prepared the same way as you would prepare grilled cheese. Use rye bread, sliced turkey, and your favorite cheese. See? Thanksgiving leftovers ideas can be quick, easy, and melt in your mouth.

Turkey and Vegetable Stew

Turkey and Vegetables Stew
Turkey and Vegetables Stew

Do you always end up making too many vegetables? No need to stew about it when you can make stew instead. Save those bits of this and that and make them into another meal. Put them in a stock pot, add bite sized pieces of turkey, some chopped celery and onions, and add leftover gravy. Simmer until warmed through and serve with some nice bread.

Potato Pancakes

Potato Pancakes
Potato Pancakes

Use those leftover mashed potatoes to make mouthwatering potato pancakes. Add some chopped onion to your potatoes, form the potatoes into thin patties, and fry in a frying pan until golden brown on both sides. Serve with sour cream if desired. This is definitely not a "diet" recipe.

Cranberry Orange Topping for Cake

Cranberry Sauce as Cake Topping
Cranberry Sauce as Cake Topping

Make leftover cranberry sauce into a delicious topping for cake. Simply add orange marmalade to taste, warm gently, and pour over warm cake slices or cupcakes (find some recipes for cake here!). Angel Food cake works well for this heavenly treat.

What are your favorite Thanksgiving leftovers ideas?

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