6 Ways to Remix Your Thanksgiving Leftovers
We may be reinventing cooking at Brava, but we know that tradition is especially important this time of year. Some of us are devotees to the deep fried turkey. Others plan potlucks and leave the mix of dishes up to friends and fate. Or maybe it’s always going to be sweet potato pie, just like Grandma used to make.
However, there’s one tradition that seems to be universal: waking up the next day and heading to the fridge to revel in the leftovers.
You can’t go wrong with a classic turkey sandwich. But when the in-laws have left and the tupperware is filled, the food fun can really start. Read on for a few creative ways to remix your Thanksgiving favorites—maybe it’s time to start some new traditions!
Mashed potato croquettes
Mix mashed potatoes with your favorite leftovers. Cranberry sauce for a sweet & savory mix, turkey scraps, cooked vegetables, etc.
Add breadcrumbs and egg to keep it all together.
Form croquettes with your hands.
Bake or fry to golden brown for an addictive, kid-friendly snack!
Already polished off the last of the mashed potatoes? Don’t worry: this formula will work with any mashed vegetable, or even leftover stuffing.
Vegetable and potato hash
Crisp up leftover vegetables and roasted potatoes in a cast iron skillet.
Crack a few eggs on top and slide under the broiler until the whites are just set.
This works with any vegetables, but we especially love it with brussels sprouts.
Layer leftover stuffing into a baking pan with roasted or mashed vegetables.
Whisk up 2-4 eggs and pour over.
Top with shredded cheese or bake as is at 350 until it’s bubbling and browned on top.
Serve hot or room temperature for a great day-after-Thanksgiving brunch.
Slice up an onion or two and cook up in a pan with some oil or ghee. If you’re running low on leftover vegetables, break out some fresh ones and cook up diced potatoes and sliced carrots with the onion.
Add in curry paste. Thai, Indian, Malaysian, Burmese—you can make your own or buy pre-mixed spices or a paste.
Add in leftover turkey meat with some stock and let it simmer until it’s all warmed through, and any fresh vegetables you added are soft.
Fold in leftover vegetables you may have right before serving on top of rice, or even leftover mashed potatoes. Green beans are an excellent option for a little snap.
This one requires a bit more time and effort, but we promise no one will say “Turkey again?” once you serve them a spicy bowl.
Turkey grilled cheese or Monte Cristo
Spread butter or mayonnaise on one side of two bread slices.
Top the ungreased side with grainy mustard, leftover turkey, vegetables, and your favorite cheese (Gruyère is our pick). For a sweet and savory vibe, dollop on some cranberry sauce.
Grill it in a pan, under the broiler, or in a panini press.
After extensive taste-testing (it’s a tough job), we love this on sourdough bread. Want to turn it into a Monte Cristo? Dip each sandwich in beaten egg with a little salt and pepper before pan-frying it like a slice of French toast.
Throw a slice of pie into a blender with 2-3 scoops of ice cream and a ½ cup of or so of milk (more if you like a thinner consistency, less if you want to eat it with a spoon).
Blend until creamy, pour into glasses and top with whipped cream and pie crumbles.
This is an endlessly adaptable sweet treat. Some winning combinations are pumpkin pie with brown butter ice cream, and apple pie with caramel toffee crunch. If you served up a vegan pie, don’t worry: non-dairy milk and ice cream will blend just as deliciously.
Many of us are just days away from a big, traditional meal with friends and family. We hope these ideas inspire you to keep the feasting going well past Thursday. And we won’t judge you for hiding a couple scoops of mashed potatoes or a few slices of pie just to try out these leftover recipes!
Brava is a Good Eggs partner. With their Pure Light Cooking™ technology, it's simple to perfectly reheat and remix your Thanksgiving leftovers into many of the creative creations described above. You can learn more about the Brava Oven here.