Don’t Toss That Carcass!

The beauty of having to cook an epic holiday meal, aka Thanksgiving, is that reincarnating the leftovers is so satisfying. Of course, there’s the requisite turkey sandwich, which needs no explaining. But, with a little creativity and a willingness to let serendipity be your guide, you can spin Thanksgiving leftovers into dishes that just might taste better than the original. Here are some ideas:

  • A pot pie makes great use of extra turkey, gravy and vegetables. Combine everything in a store-bought crust or make your own. Use this pot pie recipe from Seattle-based Allrecipes.com as a guide.
  • There is plenty of flavor left in that turkey carcass, so make soup with it. You also can make stock to freeze and use later.
  • Not that the classic turkey sandwich needs improving, but a little lily gilding never hurt anyone. Borrow the Cubano concept and stack the roasted turkey slices with some ham, pickles, yellow mustard and Swiss cheese between a baguette (sliced lengthwise). You can spread some cranberries on one side, if you choose. Then press the sandwich in the panini grill.
  • It’s hard to believe you’ll ever be hungry again after the Thanksgiving feast, but the next morning you’ll be wondering what’s for breakfast. Use leftover stuffing – especially if you make sausage stuffing – and turn it into a hash. Brown some diced potatoes and bell peppers, add the stuffing and sauté until everything is heated through. Serve with a fried or poached egg on top.

—Hsiao-Ching Chou