“What am I going to make with all these leftovers?”
It’s a pretty common phrase used during the holidays, especially after Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. The refrigerator is overflowing with half-full serving dishes or packed storage containers of turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and half-a-dozen desserts still grace trays on the counter tops.
Rather than going for the “same-old-same-old” reheated plates and turkey sandwiches, I prefer to use the leftovers as creatively as possibly. This dish has been one of my favorites over the years and I still go back to it on a regular basis.
The concept is simple. Take all the flavors that were at the table for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, mix them all together and add a little of this or that to freshen them up a bit. It’s a truly comforting meal that you wouldn’t peg for a leftover dish if you didn’t know that it was.
Don’t have leftover dressing? Use some instant dressing out of a box, it’s still wonderful!
If you’ve got some leftover cranberry sauce, by all means, add it in. It makes for wonderful bursts of flavor throughout.
Sauté some mushrooms with the onions and carrot for a deeper, more earthy flavor.
Add some left over sweet potatoes.
Make up your own variation!
What I would have done differently had I thought of it at the time:
It’s hard to say, really. I tossed this dish together this year and was extremely satisfied with the result. I’ve added most of the things in the variations list at one time or another as wee with good results. I would steer away from using mashed potatoes, though… Just trust me!
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