Still struggling with a fridge full of holiday leftovers that are oh-so-delicious but are definitely in need of a menu makeover? Look no further. Here are some tasty ways to tweak what the holidays leave behind.
The days after Thanksgiving would be absolutely meaningless without leftovers, and it might be also one of those occasions when there’s no food going to waste.
GETTING CREATIVE EN LA COCINA Have you realized that all holiday leftovers, everything—the sides, the stuffing, the desserts, the biscuits, the turkey—everything tastes even better in the days after the fabulous feast?
To me, that’s one of the best part of the holidays. Or at least what I remember to be some of the most delicious bites as a child…when the stress, the rush and everyone was gone; when the flavors had settled and the peace of the day after found me creating my new personal combinations in the solitude of the kitchen. It is pure creativity and deliciousness in action.
EVERYTHING’S A KEEPER So make more of everything, especially cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, candied yams, and of course, stuffing! Oh, and don’t discard that turkey carcass—it makes a wonderful soup even more so served with leftover biscuits if you didn’t devour them for breakfast with heavenly spreads.
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Here are some quick, stress-free, ideas for holiday leftovers—from turkey paella, enchiladas, turkey noodle soup, and gratin of pasta, turkey and mushrooms, to enjoy every bite of your Thanksgiving meal and relive it all over again.
STACKED ENCHILADAS WITH TURKEY & CHIPOTLE BEANS Serves: 4
Ingredients 2 10-oz cans enchilada sauce (medium-hot) 1 16-oz refried beans 1 T chopped canned chipotle chiles with their sauce 16 corn tortilla 1 C green onions, chopped, divided Turkey meat, leftovers 1½ C Monterey Jack cheese, grated ½C queso blanco, divided Tomatoes, diced Avocado, diced Fresh cilantro, chopped Fresh lime Sour cream, optional