7 Recipes for Thanksgiving Leftovers!

Chow on 11.25.11
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Both our Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners are eaten in other people's homes, so the upside is that I don't have to do all that cooking, but the downside is that I don't get much in the way of leftovers. My mother sends home some turkey at Christmas, but she hoards the stuffing and the mashed potatoes and gravy for herself.

I love leftovers, but if your kids are like my husband and sister-in-law were as children, refusing "used food" here are a few recipes that are delicious, and more than cold sliced turkey on a plate. Best of all, they don't seem like leftovers.

1. Turkey Melts

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Sandwiches are a pretty regular staple in the leftover turkey world, but it's what you add to it that makes it special. These turkey melts have some  homemade chutney and some Gruyere cheese which makes them a little gooey and a little tangy. If you are lucky enough to have leftover stuffing, add some of that as well.

2. Barley Risotto with Turkey and Mushrooms

Using barley instead of rice for this "risotto" makes it easier and healthier. This is a great recipe, because you can use all the small bits that come off the turkey, saving the larger slices sandwiches.

3. Turkey Chili

This is a great no-brainer recipe for the day after Thanksgiving. After spending hours the previous day cooking and eating, This is a bit of toss together recipe for turkey chili that you can make in no time at all and enjoy stress-free.

4. Turkey Noodle Soup

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Don't throw out that turkey carcass! That is the other thing my mother always gives me at Christmas and it makes great soup that your kids will love. Make the stock just as you would with chicken stock and then make this great turkey noodle soup. Turkey stock has a stronger flavour than chicken and makes really wonderful bold flavoured soups.

5. Roasted Sweet Potato Soup With Maple and Thyme

roasted sweet potato soup

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Soup is one of my most frequent methods of dealing with leftovers. While the turkey noodle soup is a brothy kind of recipe, this is a sweet potato soup is a thicker soup, with a dollop of maple syrup to bring out the sweetness of the potatoes. Don't worry if you served mashed potatoes rather than roasted, those will work perfectly here. You can top it with some cheese as I did, or just have it straight up.

6. Sweet Potato Dumplings

This sweet potato dumplings is a dish that my son Hugh and his girlfriend Rebecca invented. They are incredibly delicious and I'm betting, totally different from what you ate yesterday. I fried these, but after the big meal yesterday you might want to steam them instead.

7. Aloo Kofta - Fried Potato Balls

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Another totally different flavour profile than regular Thanksgiving fare, these little potato balls were made with white potatoes, but you could probably use sweet potatoes too. This recipe for aloo kofta was a huge hit with my family, and something I'm going to make again.

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