My favorite part of Thanksgiving is easily the next few days. Suddenly the refrigerator is full (if I’m lucky, this fullness includes a few slices of apple pie), and rather than cook full meal’s from scratch, I get to improvise with dinner leftovers in the refrigerator.
Something about dinner leftovers makes me feel challenged, though. I am only ever happy eating them as a turkey dinner once before they must become my favorite turkey sandwich, a bowl of soup, a curried bowl of goodness. It’s like someone has given me a new set of paints and challenged me to eat them.
I’m not the only one who gets inspired by their leftovers, though, so here are a few of my favorite creative ways to eat your turkey dinner again and again and again without ever really eating the same thing twice.
1. Rosemary Hummus Turkey Wraps
2. Cream of Turkey and Wild Rice Soup
3. Turkey Cranberry Strudel
4. Turkey Croquettes
5. The Rachel
6. Turkey Shepherd’s Pie
7. Thanksgiving Eggs Benedict
8. Turkey Vegetable Curry
9. Turkey Enchiladas
|Shaina Olmanson is the home cook and photographer behind Food for My Family and the author of Desserts in Jars: 50 Sweet Treats that Shine. She is a contributor to Babble.com’s Family Kitchen Blog and the food channel on Lifetime Moms. Shaina can usually be found cooking, at the computer or behind the camera.