There are two types of people in this world—the ones who love leftovers, and the ones who would rather go to bed hungry than heat up something that briefly lived in a Tupperware container. We belong to the first group, but we strongly believe it’s possible for everyone to love their leftovers. Here are a few ways to help make everyone happy, or at least fool them into feeling that way.
Fried Stuffing Bites
This recipe from the Food Network is perfect for using up all that leftover stuffing. Armed with a small ice cream scoop, a few eggs and some hot oil, you can rekindle your family’s gusto for all things Thanksgiving. Serve alongside some creamy turkey soup, and you’ll forget where this meal came from.
If you can put this dish’s misnomer aside, you can put a fantastic twist on a classic English favorite using your Thanksgiving leftovers. There are many different varieties and recipes available online, but the concept is essentially uniform: Chunks of tender turkey breast are combined with various leftover vegetables—even stuffing or casserole—topped with leftover mashed potatoes, and baked until piping hot and barely golden brown.
If you’re looking for a way to send leftovers home with your guests, thus effectively ridding your home of any signs of Thanksgiving (we’ve all been that host), pick up a few mason jars and employ some young hands to start stuffing jars when dinner is over. This is a great way to feed college students, neighbors and others who may not be able to get home for the holiday.
Sweet Potato Dog Treats
If you have a few extra sweet potatoes laying around, they can easily be transformed into a batch of tasty dog treats for your pup to enjoy. Because of all the butter, cream and other rich ingredients used in many traditional Thanksgiving dishes, Thanksgiving leftovers should never see the inside of a dog’s bowl. If you’re looking for a way to include your furry best friend and use up leftover (raw) sweet potatoes, use this treat recipe and be a true Thanksgiving hero.
Bonus: The Turkey Sandwich (at midnight)
When you eat a huge meal at 4pm and top it off with a few pieces of pie, it’s not uncommon to find yourself starving at midnight and shuffling around the kitchen in your stretch pants, looking for something to eat. Enter: the midnight sandwich. There’s really no recipe needed, just make sure you pick up some high-quality crusty bread when you’re crossing things off of your Turkey Day grocery list. Keep it simple with turkey and mayo, or lose your mind by adding sweet potatoes, green veggies and gravy. Just remember that it’s a holiday, so the calories don’t count.