Another Thanksgiving has come and gone! If you had the pleasure of hosting loved ones, you probably breathed a sigh of relief after the last guest trickled out the door and you got to sit back and put your feet up after (hopefully) somebody in your household helped with cleaning duties.
If this sounds familiar, there's a good chance that you have a mountain of leftovers sitting in your fridge at this very moment. I mean, has anyone ever finished off the homemade cranberry sauce? It seems like there's always a massive portion left, which is actually a great thing because that sauce is absolute gold when you're making sandwiches!
Should you happen to have waaay too much turkey and potatoes left over, here are a few dynamite things you can do with them:
You can totally use any type of cheese you want, but there's something completely sublime about the creamy, earthy goo that is melted brie, especially when you pair it with a bit of savory-sweet condiments and bright thyme.
If you have too many mashed potatoes, rather than stuffing, you can also turn those into fluffy, savory waffles (recipe here). And whether you make potato or stuffing waffles, you can -- and should -- absolutely load them up with some melty sandwich ingredients like so.
Spinach dip gets a much needed makeover with sweet caramelized onions, crunchy, smoky bacon, savory mushrooms and a few different kinds of cheese -- plus you get the perfect excuse to use that butternut squash or sweet potatoes you haven't finished yet. You can absolutely use any type of savory mash in here rather than cubed roasted veggies, too.
This fried sandwich is jammed full of cheesy gravy, crispy, salty prosciutto, fried eggs and a few other leftover veggies -- and comes with an optional French toast version. It's so darn near impossible to pass up that you might just catch yourself making it on the regular, even when you don't have a whole roast turkey sitting in the fridge.
Crumbled, smoky bacon, fresh shredded lettuce and creamy chopped avocado bring a few new flavors to that same ol' turkey you've been munching on for the last few days. Plus, you can turn your leftover cranberry sauce into salsa similar to the one in the recipe by mixing in some chopped cilantro, jalapeno, onion, apple, pear and a pinch of salt. Wow!
These creamy loaded tots are perfectly customizable. For instance, if you don't feel like preparing the veggies, you can just toss leftover stuffing on top for an extra carb load, and you can top with some extra cranberry sauce. If you have leftover mashed potatoes, you can even turn them into your own homemade tots (recipe here).
Want even more recipes? Check out seven more delicious ways to use your leftovers here.