Thanksgiving leftover recipes that elevate next-day turkey, stuffing, potatoes and more
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I adore Thanksgiving dinner for all of its glory ... and even all of its shopping and prep. I think about it all year, adding recipes to my list of favorites to try on unsuspecting family members. But I might even like the day after Thanksgiving a bit better — the dishes are done, my feet have rested overnight and the fridge is packed with an abundance of delicious leftovers.
I always stock up on sandwich ingredients that are essential to making the perfect day-after sandwich — bread (I prefer Texas toast) and mayo, for sure — but for the most part, the work has been done.
My sandwich process:
- Toast some bread, if you can be bothered.
- Throw it on a paper plate — remember, you just washed 100 dishes last night!
- Smear the bread with mayonnaise, then start layering: Stuffing, turkey and cranberry sauce are a must, but have at it with the mashed potatoes and gravy, as well.
Lunch is ready. Or dinner. Or even breakfast. I won’t judge.
After so many turkey sandwiches, however, one can be tempted to open the refrigerator door and start pitching leftovers into the trash. Have that day-after sandwich — I have shared a more elaborate version later — but then get busy with some of these creative concoctions on the following pages.
And if you still don't have you fill, be sure to check out tips and recipes from the TulsaPeople staff and several local chefs.