What to Do With Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

The holiday's over, now what?

Now, that the stuffing's been stuffed and the biscuits eaten by twos, it's time to figure out what to do with the rest of those pesky Thanksgiving leftovers.

Before you make a turkey sandwich or give the remaining poultry to the dogs, here's a few ideas on how to turn Thanksgiving leftovers into the star of your next meal.

Transform your leftover mashed potatoes into potato croquettes. Add a few eggs, milk and a little all-purpose flour, fry to perfection and bonjour you now have a traditional French dish.

If you're looking for a Mexican twist on Thanksgiving, try a turkey quesadilla. Pour some shredded cheddar cheese, diced turkey and stuffing over a flour tortilla on a warm skillet. Cook until melted and serve with a side of cranberry sauce and sour cream.

Growing up Thanksgiving leftovers meant one thing: soup. Here's my mother's recipe for her famous Thanksgiving dinner soup.

Thanksgiving Dinner Soup
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup onion
1/2 cup carrot
1/2 cup celery
2 leftover turkey drumstick bones
2 cups leftover white turkey meat
1 cup mashed potatoes
1 cup stuffing
1 teaspoon dill weed
1/2 cup milk
poultry seasoning

Pour the chicken broth into a medium saucepan. Add the vegetables, dill weed, salt, pepper and poultry seasoning. Cook the veggies for 20 minutes. Add turkey drumsticks, mashed potatoes and stuffing. Pour the 1/2 cup of milk into the broth. Keep on the stove for another 20 minutes. Skim excess fat from the top of the soup. Serve and enjoy.


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