Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes: Stuffing Waffles, For Example

Now that the Thanksgiving Day cook fest is over, you’re grateful for the leftovers. This means you don’t have to cook from scratch again for several days! But how do you plan to use your Thanksgiving leftovers? After all, you can only live off of turkey sandwiches for so long. Get inspiration from these unique recipes and reheating tips.

Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

You can use squash in a surprising number of ways because its sweet, mellow taste doesn’t overpower the flavors you pair it with. This makes the skin of a spaghetti squash the perfect bowl to hold some of your Thanksgiving leftovers, such as stuffing, shredded turkey, cranberry sauce, and gravy. Just cook the spaghetti squash in the oven, stuff it with your leftovers, and you have an original meal to feed your hungry family.

Get the full recipe at Thebrooklyncook.com.

Turkey Meatballs

This meal is a great way to put a big dent in the turkey and stuffing lingering after Thanksgiving dinner. 2 cups of stuffing, 1 cup of turkey, and a small sweet potato combined with other ingredients make six to eight large meatballs, which you can then serve with gravy and cranberry sauce. Stuff each meatball with cheese for a surprise your family will love.

Get the full recipe at Kitchenistadiaries.com.

Thanksgiving Stuffing Waffles

Does eating cereal after such a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner seem a bit drab? Stuffing waffles give you a head start on using up leftovers, and they make for a delicious breakfast the day after Thanksgiving! To make the stuffing a good consistency for the waffle iron, simply mix it with a couple of eggs and chicken stock. Serve the waffles with an egg over easy and drizzle it with syrup – or gravy!

Get the full recipe at Ifyougiveablondeakitchen.com.

Best Practices for Reheating Thanksgiving Leftovers

While making fresh meals out of leftovers is a great upcycling trick, sometimes you just want a plate of turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes all over again. For a meal that tastes as close to freshly baked as possible, follow these leftover reheating tips:

Reheating Turkey

Leftover turkey can easily become dry and chewy if you reheat it in the microwave. While this is a much faster choice when reheating a single serving, you can reheat several pounds of leftover turkey in the oven without drying it out.

First, line an oven-safe dish with iceberg lettuce and layer slices of turkey in the dish. Drizzle turkey or chicken stock over the turkey and top with more iceberg lettuce. Cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil. Bake the turkey at 350 degrees and check on it after 20 minutes. Once heated through, serve the leftover turkey immediately and discard the lettuce.

Reheating Stuffing

For a single serving of reheated stuffing, the microwave is an acceptable choice. You’ll find it only takes 30 to 60 seconds to reheat a small portion. However, for multiple servings, the oven is best. Place the stuffing in a covered casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. If desired, remove the foil halfway through to brown the stuffing.

Reheating Mashed Potatoes

The microwave actually works well to reheat mashed potatoes. Just stir in a little heavy cream or milk to reconstitute the potatoes. Microwave the leftovers in increments of 30 to 60 seconds, stirring each time. For multiple servings, reheat mashed potatoes in a pot on the stove. Set the temperature to medium-low and stir often.

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