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Taming Turkey Day Leftovers

Ben Lauzier

November 20, 2012


The day after Thanksgiving is usually associated with braving crowds for Black Friday deals.

Nevertheless, fighting off coupon-clipping moms for stereo sets makes one hungry. Upon trudging home, you might find that all that’s left in the fridge are leftovers. The remains from picked-over side dishes and turkey carcasses might not seem too appetizing at first. But, with their powers combined, they can make a pretty amazing meal. Here are a couple of recipes for leftovers that will re-invigorate your appetite:


Day-After Dip

Appropriately named, Day-After Dip is a simple spread made from roasted sweet potatoes. Puree the potatoes in a food processor, along with a can of white beans, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper. This dip is great spread on a toasted dinner roll or served up with a plate of extra veggie crudité.

Turkey Banh Mi Sandwich

Turkey Banh Mi Sandwich

Who would have thought that the Thanksgiving bird could morph into a traditional Vietnamese dish? The Turkey Banh Mi sandwich substitutes ham and paté for turkey, while keeping the toppings the same. Combine shredded turkey Asian chili sauce seasoned mayo. Spread the mixture on a baguette, and top it with finely-sliced cucumber, carrot, fresh cilantro, and jalepeno.


Cranberry Swirl Coffee Cake

The winner of ‘most likely to be a useless yet abundant leftover’ award goes to cranberry sauce. Luckily, the jiggly concoction is a great add-in for baked goods. Case in point: Cranberry Swirl Coffee Cake. The recipe calls for one can of cranberry sauce, which means you probably have enough to make 12+ cakes. Prepare a batter made from flour, sugar, baking soda, and sour cream. Swirl the sauce between layers of batter prior to baking. Now, you’ll have a sweet snack that pairs perfectly with a cup of tea.


Regardless of whether you try one of our leftover suggestions or just spend your time off relaxing with family and friends, we hope that your holiday break is delicious in every sense of the word!



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