We’ve been rambling about Thanksgiving Day recipes for some time and now that the day has come (and passed) the hot topic is what to do with the leftovers. Here are a few suggestions to make the most of your Thanksgiving leftovers.
As much as we try to finish the whole Thanksgiving Day dinner, we seldom manage to avoid dealing with leftovers over the next few days. So, we’re left with the prospect of Thanksgiving Day sandwiches for several days. But if you’re tired of sandwiches and you’re looking to make the most of your Thanksgiving leftovers it’s time to read about some new recipes.
One important aspect of handling Thanksgiving leftovers is food safety. Some leftovers might not be safe to eat if they haven’t been stored properly. So, now beforehand for how many days is safe to eat something. For instance, cooked rice usually is OK to eat seven days, while vegetables, pasta, fish, soup, casseroles and stews are good to go for a maximum of four days. Stuffing and gravy are safe for one to two days.
Turkey leftovers are usually great for sandwiches, but you can get a bit creative and actually prepare a nutritious meal. Try a turkey salad for instance. Just chop leftover turkey, add diced onion, celery and bell pepper, spice it up and voila. You can add mustard or mayonnaise too. Or get rid of even more leftovers with a turkey cobb salad: bacon, turkey, avocado, blue-cheese, eggs, tomatoes, pepper, lettuce and mustard.
But for many people, the Black Friday morning sandwich is just as traditional as the Thanksgiving Day dinner. That’s a great place to start being creative about your Thanksgiving leftovers. Make a toasted bread sandwich with turkey, mayonnaise, cranberry sauce and lettuce. Or you can take Martha Stewart’s Vietnamese version of the Thanksgiving leftovers sandwich: baguette, turkey, mayonnaise, Asian chile sauce, carrot, cucumber slices and cilantro.
Another great recipe for Thanksgiving leftovers is a stir-fry. Use leftover turkey and vegetables, spice them up, add garlic, mustard, lemon, basil and voila. Leftover sweet potatoes can be baked or turned into a light soup. Leftover turkey stuffing can become Black Friday breakfast strata. Add scrambled eggs, stir-fry a bit your leftover turkey and voila, breakfast for two days.