Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving Leftover Makeover

Week 2 Makeover!!
In this second version of the makeover challenge, we tackle the inevitable Thanksgiving. My challenge to you is to utilize the leftovers in a manner that looks nothing like the turkey day menu, though there is nothing wrong with a mile-high turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and cranberry sandwich :)
A few quick ideas:
Mashed potatoes/Veggies- Perfect for a yummy Shepard's Pie. Brown some ground turkey or ground beef with chopped onions, carrots, and celery and a bit of butter. To the mix, add some stock (maybe home-made from the turkey carcass), worchestershire sauce, italian seasoning and salt and pepper to taste. Once combined and partially reduced, smooth mashed potatoes across the top and top with shredded cheese. Brown off the cheese in the broiler and enjoy- DELICIOUS!
Turkey- I love a savory turkey tetrazzini with cooked spaghetti noodles and cubed turkey, mixed with sauteed onions and your favorite bechamel sauce. If you top with parmesan and/or some bread crumbs and bake it off, it will make a lovely crust. Serve with a green salad.
Cranberries/Bread- Depending on the type, you can make a reduction with some water and sugar and use as a sauce over french toast. I make mine out of brioche if available and soak a slice for 30 seconds in a custard of a few eggs, cream or milk and honey. I have even used yogurt as well- french toast is super versatile. It is wonderful with some home whipped cream and vanilla extract and the cranberry sauce.
Be creative and enjoy :)


  1. I made stir-fry out of our leftover turkey, using ramen noodles, leftover broccoli and some soy sauce.

    I really enjoy reading all of your $ saving meal tips with leftovers!

    Angie Calvert

  2. stir fry is a winner! sometimes i get crabby cause aaron is anti stir-fry.....