Ways to Use Up Your Thanksgiving Leftovers
Don't want turkey and mashed potatoes again? As good as they are, I don't blame you.
What do you do with all those turkey leftovers? My colleague had an awesome idea: EMPANADAS!
This inspired me. What other creative, tasty ideas can you make with Thanksgiving leftovers?
Empandas are like a hot pocket or turnover. They're a Latin-American pasty that can be either fried or baked. You can use pie crust dough, puff pastry dough, or even cresent roll dough.
Simply fill your dough with potatoes and turkey, bake in the oven, and top with some leftover gravy.
Another colleague suggested adding some cranberry and stuffing into the mix too. Oh my. Here's a beef empanda recipe you can use and do an alternative filling.
I just made these last week and they were really good. I thought they were going to need something else in the filling but they were perfect just as they were. You can make a Thanksgiving taquito too.
Try cranberry, turkey, and stuffing; turkey, potato, and cheese; or flavored turkey and cheese.
3. Shepard's Pie
This was a popular dish when I lived in England; it's called cottage pie there. Apparently I make more of a cottage pie than shepard's pie at my house because I don't put the veggies in it. You could do either. Make your own take on shepard's pie by putting turkey, a gravy sauce, and mushrooms as your base and mashed potatoes on top. I bet it would be tasty.
4. Turkey Pot Pie
I love chicken pot pie. Make it a turkey one instead and have some comfort food. Here's a recipe perfect for the occasion.
5. Turkey Tetrazzini
I really love noddle recipes. This is another comfort food: noodles and turkey in a creamy sauce. Yum. This is the one I make.
6. Turkey Meatballs
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