Two days of the exact same meal is just about my limit, so tonight I decided to dress up those Thanksgiving leftovers a bit.
The turkey was simple, I saved enough for sandwiches for tomorrow’s lunch (I love turkey sandwiches from Thanksgiving turkey), and then I made barbecue turkey with the rest of the meat.
Super simple! I just shredded it, added some store bought BBQ sauce, and let it simmer for several hours to let the flavor soak in. (Make sure you stir often to keep it from sticking!)
Have some left over mashed potatoes?
Last year I didn’t have enough mashed potatoes for true leftovers… This year I made waaaay too many. I decided to put some in the freezer, along with a meal’s worth of turkey (having a meal ready to just heat up is always good on those days you just can’t cook).
With the rest of the mashed potatoes I made potato pancakes.
Potato Pancake Recipe:
Here’s the way my mom always made them:
- Mix left over mashed potatoes (I had close to 4 cups) with one egg, one small chopped onion, and 4-5 tablespoons flour.
- Form patties out of the mashed potato mixture, flouring both sides of the patties.
- Drop several tablespoons of butter in a hot skillet.
- Add pancakes to the skillet and brown on both sides.
Traditionally they are served with applesauce. My husband likes them with ketchup.
I’ve also made a quick Thanksgiving Casserole with the leftovers…
What have you done with your leftovers?
Next year I am coming to your house for leftovers! I never even thought of doing either of those recipes. Okay, now I’m hungry…off to make myself some lunch 😉
I”ll be sure to make extra next year, just in case! 🙂 The pancakes were extra yummy….
Yes, I am SO over the Thanksgiving leftovers. (I actually ate the whole meal, with side dishes, four meals in a row.) The potatoes sound wonderful.
4 meals in a row – yeah, I bet you are over it! 🙂
This is a great idea for leftovers! I usually reheat plates of left overs on Black Friday, mainly because the next town over from us (but still in walking distance) has a big celebration with crafts and Santa rides his sleigh up the street and around the circle. So we make plates with left overs and throw them in the microwave.
Other days I make turkey pot pie, turkey soup and sometimes I throw the turkey in with a variety of other ingredients to make a casserole.
You know, my kids love chicken pot pie lately… I think we will have to try the turkey pot pie thing!
Seana Turner says
I totally agree about having a meal “ready to go”… in a month or two that will taste sooo good. Never thought to do the turkey with BBQ sauce – I bet I could warm that up in a slow cooker for an easy meal. Have a great Thanksgiving!
A slow cooker would definitely work here! (I need to learn to use my slow cooker more often than I do!)
Hope you have a wonderful holiday!
Julie Moore says
Those look delicious! Thank you for sharing this to my Thanksgiving Round-Up on Natural and Free! 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving (a little early).