The remains of the day

turkeycarcassOur country’s annual celebration of excess (and gratitude and humility, of course) is almost upon us. All that excess means a lot of leftovers. This Black Friday, I’ll offer tips for what to do with the messy remains of your Thanksgiving meal. But as much as I love my Mom’s turkey stew, I know some of the best suggestions will come from you (or your mom).

Leave your favorite secrets—sandwiches, casseroles, pies, soups, and anything else you’ve created—and stories here in comments, or contact us. I’ll cull all the best ideas I can find and report back on Friday in time for your first of many leftover meals.

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  1. I just eat the leftovers. Standing in front of the refrigerator. With my hands, usually. (however, not if company is there)

  2. We don’t HAVE leftovers! Except maybe dessert. And perhaps we’ll eat them for breakfast!

  3. Turkey sandwitches piled high with stuffing and covered with gravy, a little mashed potato on top like whipped cream, that’s the real Thanksgiving. The feast the day before is just preliminary. Of course, you have to have really good bread–rosemary bread is my favorite. Not hard to make: just flour, salt, rosemary, yeast, and water. Plus time.

    The bones go in the stock pot to make every simmered thing tastier later–rice, squash, you name it.

  4. Gotta second Dorothy Said’s sandwich suggestion, with the addition of some cranberry sauce — whole berry or with the imprint of the can still jiggling — smeared on too. Especially because our turkey was so juicy this year that to chop it up or hide it in some other way seems criminal.

    BUT if you’re stuck today with a leftover dry turkey you could instead turn it into a turkey pot pie, with a pie crust bottom, turkey and whatever other leftovers fit (for example, we have green beans every year) inside, and a top crust of mashed potatoes that gets crispy in the oven. A sprinkling (or more) of stuffing on top makes a great finishing touch.

  5. We spared ourselves the leftover dilemma by having dinner at a friend’s house.


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