Thanksgiving leftovers: Love them or hate them, they seem to be an inevitability…unless your guests are much hungrier than you planned on!
You’ve gathered with family. Eaten enough to warrant loosening your zipper (or maybe you just wore sweatpants…you smarty, you). Watched plenty of football. But now you’re stuck with a fridge full of half-eatens. Here are a few ideas to inspire you to whip yesterday’s dinner into today’s goodies.
Thanksgiving Leftovers Idea #1: Use the turkey carcass / bones to make bone broth.
Bone broth—or stock as it’s sometimes called—is a really great way to use up your leftover turkey bits. Not only does it taste great, it’s also rich in gelatin / collagen which is great for gut health and maintaining your skin, joints and hair. Rad, right?
Now, to make a good-sized batch of bone broth, you’ll probably need more than one turkey carcass, but the leftover bird will get you most of the way to a full pot of stock. To ensure you have enough cartilaginous bones to get really jiggly broth, consider adding in extra chicken backs, feet or even beef knuckle bones.
For a fantastic tutorial on making your own perfect bone broth, click on this guest post from the broth guy Ryan at Bare Bones Broth.
Thanksgiving Leftovers Idea #2: Make a leftovers mashup.
Last year, I made a Paleo Thanksgiving Leftovers “Sandwich” with cranberry sauce, turkey, shaved Brussels sprouts and sweet potato “pancakes” as the “bread.” Needless to say, the idea (which I borrowed from Food52 and made Paleo) was a hit, even making it to BuzzFeed. Guess that means folks liked it!
Use this idea as a jumping off point for your own reinvention or click here to get the individual recipes for the Paleo Thanksgiving Leftovers “Sandwich” as I posted them last year.
Thanksgiving Leftovers Idea #3: Make a curry.
Probably the hardest part of Thanksgiving leftovers to deal with is the turkey: Unless you drown it in gravy, it just gets so dry. One of my solutions: Make a curry with it.
My recipe for Leftover Turkey Yellow Curry gives you the best of both worlds, combining the win of using up leftovers with the seemingly impossible feat of bringing dry turkey back to life. This mild yellow curry is great served over some cauliflower rice and really changes up the flavors from everyday to exotic.