Your guests have left. Your dining room and kitchen are finally clean. Being a gracious host/hostess you ensured everyone who attended left with a Thanksgiving plate to enjoy later on. But, what do you do with all the remaining food?
Let’s start with the turkey. Remove the remaining turkey from the bone and store in smaller containers for freezing. Turkey intended for immediate use can stay in the refrigerator for up to four days. There are a bounty of recipes for turkey tetrazzini, pot pies and tortilla soups on the internet if the simple sandwich becomes boring. Follow this link to recipes.
Wondering how to use side items? Consider the cranberries. These can be frozen and used as a delicious topping for ice cream or added to a smoothie or banana quick bread to add moisture and flavor. Mashed potatoes can become the base for shepherd’s pie or, with a little egg blended in, can be fried to become potato pancakes to go alongside breakfast. Sweet potato croquettes can offer a new way to enjoy this leftover.
Do you have leftover wine from Thanksgiving? Prepare for the holidays by freezing it by color for mulling later with cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise and honey. If there is a small amount, add it to salad dressing, stew or use it to poach fruit.
Consider creating a new tradition with friends or neighbors and host an after Thanksgiving leftover meal together over the weekend. Everyone brings leftovers to share and everyone participates in the clean-up.