Monday, November 25, 2013

Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. - After the big event, you're bound to be left wondering what to do with all the leftover food. While it's always great to warm up what's already made and eat it as is, this will only last so long before leftovers no longer sound appetizing. To make sure you use all your leftovers, we've gathered a few Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes that are as delicious as the original meal.

1. Thanksgiving Grilled Cheese. You'll need:
Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 slices bread
  • 1/2 lb. mixed Thanksgiving leftovers (turkey, stuffing, veggies, etc.)
  • 2 slices cheese (your choice)
  • 1/4 cup leftover gravy
Heat 1 tbsp. butter in a large skillet until melted. Add the bread and swirl it around to evenly coat it in butter. Cook until the bread is lightly golden brown, then transfer bread to cutting board, brown side up. Play 1 slice of cheese on top of browned surface on each slice of bread and top with thanksgiving leftovers. Close the sandwich. Heat half of the other tbsp. of butter and cook the sandwich until deep golden brown (about 3 minutes). Add the other half tbsp. of butter and flip the sandwich. After the other side has reached a golden brown, serve with a side of hot gravy.

2. Turkey N' Dumplings. You'll need:

    Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes
  • 6 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp. plus 1 1/2 cups flour (divided)
  • 1 1/2 quarts chicken broth
  • 1 cup leftover gravy
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 3 medium ribs celery
  • 1 lb. leftover turkey
  • 1 1/2 cups thawed frozen peas
  • 1 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tbsp. minced chives
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
Heat 3 tbsp. butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat until melted. Add 3 tbsp. flour and cook until pale golden brown. Slowly whisk in the brother and add gravy, onions, carrots, and celery. Bring to a simmer and cook until vegetables are softened. Stir in turkey, peas, and half of parsley. Season to taste with salt and pepper and remove from heat. Melt the remaining 3 tbsp. of butter and combine remaining 1 1/2 cups flour, baking powder, chives, parsley, and 2/4 tsp. salt in a medium bowl. Combine buttermilk, eggs, and butter in a second bowl and then pour the buttermilk mixture over flour mixtur and stir until a dough is formed. Return stew to a bare simmer. Using a tablespoon measure, drop dough over surface of stew. Cover and cook until dumplings have puffed and feel firm to the touch (about 15 minutes). Serve immediately.

3. Leftover Pie Milkshake. You'll need:
Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

  • 1 slice of pie (we like pecan!)
  • 1 tbsp. cranberry sauce
  • 2 large scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk or cream
Place your pie slice, cranberry sauce, ice cream, and milk in a blender. Blend on high until smooth and add cream or milk if thinner shake is desired. Add more ice cream if you'd like your shake to be thicker. Pour into tall glass and serve immediately with or without whipped cream.

Hopefully these Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes will allow you to use up whatever is left in a delicious and unique way! If you have your own go-to leftover recipes, stop by our Facebook page and post them on our wall - we love to hear from you!

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