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Recipe Inspiration for all Those Thanksgiving leftovers

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Chances are, the day after Thanksgiving, the last thing you want to think about is more food. But chances are too that you have plenty of leftovers to last you some time. Rather than slap together a turkey sandwich, we've got a few other ideas that will make the most of every last bit of your turkey day feast.

Turn your turkey leftovers into a delicious risottoFor starters, what shall you do with all that turkey? One of the easiest things to do is throw them all in a pot or slow cooker and make a tasty soup (especially if you saved the bones of those turkey, you could make a wonderful broth) or a gumbo. Alternatively, pretty much any recipe that calls for chicken can be substituted with turkey with some minor alternations, such as this risotto recipe from Chef Fernando of our Seaside Cooking in Portugal cooking vacation.

Risotto in general can also be a great meal to make with your Thanksgiving leftovers -- just incorporate some of your other veggie dishes too. The same can be said about a turkey pot pie, because you'll essentially be combining all those leftovers into one hearty dish, as well as lasagna, like this recipe!

When it comes to the stuffing, turn the dish into a snack by forming your stuffing leftovers into balls, covering them in bread crumbs, and deep-frying them. Alternatively, make them into dumplings and serve them with your turkey soup!

And then what about potatoes? Over the long weekend, make potato pancakes! This repurposed dish only requires a bit of oil and a frying pan. But if it's sweet potatoes that's filling up your fridge, you can try making pancakes of it as well, with or without the marshmallows.

As for cranberries, this one is a must-have: use them as an ingredient in homemade scones, which you can enjoy over the next week.

Still have lots of Thanksgiving leftovers? Turn them into breakfast by making an egg frittata with all the leftover veggies!

These recipe ideas for your Thanksgiving leftovers are just the tip of the iceberg. How else do you repurpose your leftovers?

By Liz Hall

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