Now that Thanksgiving is over, what are we going to do with all of these leftovers? Sure, it’s easy to take care of the bird. You can put turkey in anything that you would have normally used chicken: turkey pot pie, turkey noodle soup, white bean turkey chili… And of course, there’s the always popular turkey sandwich. But what about the rest of it? Let’s try to re-invent our side dishes over the next few days to keep our meals interesting and use up our Thanksgiving leftovers at the same time!
For the potatoes:
Eggs in Purgatory
5 large eggs
2 cups mashed potatoes, chilled
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup marinara sauce, warmed
2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F.
Stir 1 egg in a large bowl to blend. Mix in the potatoes, then the flour. Using a generous 1/2 cup of potato mixture for each, form the potato mixture into 4 (4 1/2-inch) diameter pancakes.
Heat the oil in a large nonstick fry pan over medium heat. Fry the pancakes until they are golden brown and heated through, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer the pancakes to paper towels to drain. Keep the pancakes warm on a baking sheet in the oven. Pour off the excess oil from the pan.
Heat the pan over medium-low heat. Crack the remaining 4 eggs into the pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook until the white is firm, about 2 minutes. Using a spatula, turn the eggs over and cook for 30 seconds longer.
Spoon the sauce onto 4 plates. Place a pancake atop the marinara sauce. Top each pancake with a fried egg. Sprinkle with the Parmesan and serve.
For the dressing:
8 oz ground beef
8 oz ground pork
1 small onion, grated
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
2 large eggs
2/3 C dried bread crumbs
1 C grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste2 C leftover Thanksgiving dressing
Preheat oven to 350. Place all ingredients into a large mixing bowl, using your hands to combine. Pack one half meat mixture into a loaf pan. Spread leftover Thanksgiving dressing over the meat mixture. Pack the other half of meat mixture on top of dressing. Top with ketchup- or your favorite meatloaf sauce and bake for 45 minutes to one hour.
For the cranberries:
Put your leftover cranberry sauce on biscuits or in a smoothie at breakfast. Use it as a fun ingredient in a grilled cheese sandwich, or on the iconic turkey sandwich. Mix it into your favorite muffins.
Recipe and photo cred: Giada De Laurentis, Food Network
Grilled cheese idea and photo cred: ohmyveggies.com