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Simple And Creative Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas

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Every year it's the same question,”what in the world do I do with all these leftovers?” Yeah, there's the usual turkey sandwich, turkey chili, and so on – but this Thanksgiving I set out to find new and creative ways to use all those leftovers. What's great about these recipes, they take almost no time to make. So WOW your family and friends this year with leftovers that rock!

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Day-After Dip

Recipe from Food Network



Puree a can of white beans in a food processor with 1 or 2 leftover peeled roasted sweet potatoes, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/2 cup grated Parmesan, and salt and pepper. Garnish with toasted nuts and serve with crackers.


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Turkey Leftovers and String Bean Pot Pies

Recipe courtesy of Sunny Anderson – Food Network




4 servings or 4 cups Leftover Green Bean Casserole (recommended: Campbell's Soup recipe)
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup turkey, beef, or chicken stock
1 cup roasted turkey meat, chopped
2 standard puff pastry sheets


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a medium bowl lightly blend leftover green bean casserole with milk, stock and turkey. Using the puff pastry, cut out 6 (4-inch) disks from each sheet. Lightly press the disks into the bottom and up the sides of 6 (1-cup) muffin tins, leaving about 1/2-inch crust over the edge to secure the top. Press the tines of the fork into the bottom and the sides to dock the pastry. Fill each cup level with the top and cover with another cut circle. Secure the edges by pinching together. Cut a small hole in the top for steam.

Bake for 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown.


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Mashed Potatoes Au Gratin

Recipe Courtesy of Micheal Chiarello




4 cups leftover mashed potatoes
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup grated Parmesan
Leftover gravy
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Spread the mashed potatoes into a buttered 1 quart gratin dish.
If a flat effect is desired, cover the potatoes with plastic wrap and press evenly flat with your hands. Then remove plastic wrap, season with salt and pepper, to taste, and sprinkle with Parmesan.
Bake until top is golden and crispy, about 20 to 30 minutes. Serve with reheated leftover gravy


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Food Network


Pumpkin Parfaits

Recipe from Robin Miller



2 cups pumpkin pie filling (scooped from cooked pie)
2 cups vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt, softened
8 tablespoons whipped cream or whipped topping
4 tablespoons candied walnuts or pecans
Spoon 1/4 cup of pumpkin into 4 tall glasses.
Top with 1/4 cup of ice cream or frozen yogurt.
Repeat layers of pumpkin and ice cream.
Top with whipped cream and candied nuts.


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