Creative Ways With Thanksgiving Leftovers

If your refrigerator looks like ours, you’re beyond blessed to have leftovers from yesterday’s Thanksgiving meal. Or plannedovers, as the case may be. Most dishes are even better the second day, so we are now in prime meal planning time. 

But let’s not just pile stuff on a plate and call that good. Let’s try some different ways to make leftovers a little more fun.

* Make the ultimate Dagwood sandwich with leftover rolls or thick slices of bread. Make sure to include some cranberry sauce because that’s the secret to yummy.

* Create a 7-layer casserole to take advantage of more leftovers at a time. Layer them in a 13x9-inch baking dish and bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes or until heated through.

* Practice portion control by making that 7- layer casserole in individual dishes. Large ramekins or even French onion soup bowls are the perfect size and are oven-safe. 

* If you still have tubes of refrigerator rolls or biscuits in the fridge, press one into each cup of a muffin tin and fill it with leftovers. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes, until the biscuits are browned.

* Make Leftover Shepherd’s Pie by lining the bottom of a round baking dish with leftover stuffing. Then add more leftovers in layers, ending with mashed potatoes on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, until everything is heated through and the potatoes are brown and crusty.

* Adjust your favorite crescent roll ring recipe to include leftovers. Spread crescent roll dough triangles in a ring around a large baking sheet and fill with leftovers. Wrap the points of the rolls into the middle to create a ring of yumminess and bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

* Turn leftovers into the best pizza ever! Layer a premade crust with leftovers, drizzle with a little gravy and bake according to the package directions.

* Pull out some tortilla shells and make Thanksgiving Quesadillas. Start with cheese on the bottom tortilla, then layer your leftovers and finish with cheese and another tortilla on top. Microwave for 60 seconds or so to melt the cheese and then cut into wedges.

What’s your favorite way to dress up Thanksgiving leftovers?

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