So Thanksgiving is over. And what are you doing on the day after? Probably at the Black Friday sales, right? I’ve never done Black Friday. Not one to be fighting over that perfect sweater, or ready to buy that big screen TV. Besides, I have always found the prices to be better as Christmas gets closer and the stores find they are not meeting their sales goals, or after the New Year, when prices drop dramatically to make way for new stock. But if it’s your thing, I hope you enjoyed your day.
One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is the day after. Sort of Thanksgiving – the aftermath. All those delicious leftovers just waiting to be rewarmed and enjoyed again. To have a second Thanksgiving dinner the next week is just so good, all the flavor, with none of the work. And as most all of the components of your Thanksgiving dinner can be frozen, one of the things I love to do is freeze small dinners; little TV type dinners, that I can take out any time of the year and have an easy Thanksgiving rerun.
But we don’t want to just keep eating little turkey dinners. We need to do other stuff with our leftovers. So here are just a few of my favorite things to make, for Thanksgiving – the aftermath.
A full flavored soup made from the turkey bones and uses those leftover veggies.
An all-time family favorite. We often make this classic diner sandwich using deli turkey meat, but it’s best made with fresh leftover turkey breast.
More enchilada like then taco-like, but so so good. Using mostly dark meat, these flavorful rolls are a great use of leftover turkey. Been in the Baker family FOREVER!
Don’t let this terrible photo put you off. This is the BEST turkey pot pie. I’ve even been known to go buy turkey parts all year long, just to make these.
And for those leftover mashed potatoes?
Almost better than fresh mashed potatoes. Crisp on the outside, soft and tender on the inside.