Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it’s time to find something to do with all of those leftovers! Although the holiday is one of our favorites, it often ends in people throwing out a huge amount of food that contributes to the 34 million tons of American food waste each year. This holiday, keep your turkey and side dishes around for a couple more days – instead of just re-heating, try out these delicious recipes that reinvent your family feast down to the last cranberry. You’ll not only help the environment, but you will also save a pretty penny to spend later on holiday gifts.
Thanksgiving Breakfast Hash
What better way to spend the morning after Thanksgiving than with more of your favorite ingredients? This hash made from brussel sprouts, potatoes, and turkey turns last night’s yummy ingredients into this morning’s breakfast. All you need is vegetable oil, an onion, hot sauce, eggs, and your leftovers. Throw them in a skillet and you’re good to go! Check out the full recipe on SeriousEats.
Who says pancakes always have to be sweet? This awesome recipe from Whole Foods makes breakfast savory with stuffing pancakes. Add a beaten egg to leftover stuffing, form a couple pancakes and let them sit for a few minutes to absorb the moisture. Melt butter in a pan and let the pancakes cook until golden brown on each side.
Mashed Potato Doughnuts
If you’re in the mood for something sweet for breakfast, why not try these super fluffy mashed potato doughnuts. These delicious and easy to make doughnuts can be cooked in a dutch oven or a large cast iron skillet, and they’re sure to be a family favorite. The detailed recipe is available at SeriousEats.
Day After Dip
This day after dip is a great way to feed the family or guests without having to cook. Simply puree a can of white beans in a food processor with 1 or 2 leftover sweet potatoes, 1/4 cup of olive oil, 1/2 cup grated parmesan, and salt and pepper. Serve with crackers and garnish with roasted almonds.
This leftover cranberry relish is another great no-fuss dish. Just combine 1 can of cranberries with 1 can of drained crushed pineapple, 1/4 teaspoon of apple pie spice, 1 pinch of ground cloves, and 1/4 cup of chopped pecans. This new twist on a classic side dish will have everyone wanting more leftovers!
A good way to make the best of your biggest Thanksgiving leftovers is to make a turkey and stuffing casserole. This hearty casserole cooks in 35 minutes and it can feed a whole family all over again. The full recipe and a how-to video are available here.