Ways To Use Those Holiday Leftovers

Most people always make extra when cooking a holiday meal. This way they’re prepared for unexpected guests and have plenty of leftovers for the rest of the week. However, it can get boring several days in. That’s why it’s important to use parts of your holiday feast to create entirely new dishes. Check out some of our favorites below:

This meat is infamous for being on the dry side. Why not add it to a soup? Food Network has an awesome recipe for turkey pho. With just a 20 minute prep time of chopping onions, ginger and garlic, and combining all the ingredients, this recipe is perfect to make the night after Thanksgiving. Add the turkey carcass and a pound of leftover meat to a pot filled with vegetable oil, salt, anise, peppercorns, cinnamon, broth and fish sauce, and let it simmer for an hour and 40 minutes. Your house will smell amazing with the mix of holiday and pho aromas. Have some lime wedges, jalapeno slices and bean sprouts on hand to add to the pho right before eating it. We love that extra fresh crunch of the sprouts and the bite of the lime and jalapeno.

If you really dig Vietnamese food, check out Martha Stewart’s turkey banh mi recipe too. Use the turkey from your holiday feast to make a delicious sandwich with carrot, cucumber, cilantro, chiles, Sriracha and mayonnaise all on a baguette. Add some lemongrass for an extra tasty sandwich. This is a super easy sandwich to throw together when you’re still tired from all of that cooking!

The whole feast
Everyone has a relative who piles their plate with every possible food and then swirls it all together. With each bite they get a taste of the cranberries, mashed potatoes, turkey, salad and even pie if they’re really going for it. Those people have the right idea. Duff Goldman from Food Network’s “Ace of Cakes” has a genius recipe for Thanksgiving pizza. He uses stuffing meatballs, cheesy mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and a gravy drizzle. You can even add some turkey skin (If there’s any left!) to the top for an extra crunchy and delicious topping. You don’t have to hand-make the dough, unless of course you want to show off the skills you learned taking baking courses online. This is a great way to use all of those leftovers in the same place. Plus, who doesn’t like pizza?

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