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Thanksgiving – the aftermath

thanksgiving the aftermath

Some of the best foods you can make with Thanksgiving -the aftermath-leftovers.

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 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.


First Up…


Thanksgiving - the aftermath


Leftovers Turkey Soup

A full-flavored soup made from the turkey bones and uses those leftover veggies.


Thanksgiving the aftermath


Turkey Bird Sandwich

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. 


Gails turkey tacos


Gail’s Turkey Tacos

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!


Lindy's homemade turkey pot pie in a too large of a crock


Lindy’s Homemade Turkey Pot Pie

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?


Fried Mashed Potato Cakes


Fried Mashed Potato Cakes

Almost better than fresh mashed potatoes. Crisp on the outside, soft and tender on the inside. 


I hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving aftermath. And hopefully, you will also find some new family leftover favorites to enjoy in the years to come!

2 Responses

  1. Probably not a fair fight from my POV…all of these are great recipes for after T-Day goodness, but the Gail’s turkey tacos are the best.

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