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The Cookstr Weekly: Making the Most of Thanksgiving Leftovers

November 28, 2012
November 22, 2012
As soon as the last plate is cleared and the last slice of pie reduced to crumbs, it’s time to address the remains of the Thanksgiving feast. While leftovers and the refrigerator space they command can certainly be daunting, I like to seize the opportunity to make sure every last bite becomes one of purpose and of pleasure.
It begins the morning after Thanksgiving, frying up mashed potato croquettes in a little oil to serve alongside leftover turkey hash for breakfast. Then, as soon as I’ve gleaned the last good bits of meat from the turkey carcass, the bird goes into a stockpot to become the basis of a nourishing soup. Cooking with leftovers is an extra opportunity for gratitude for the food we eat, and these meals are certainly worth feeling thankful for.

Warmest regards,

Kara Rota
Editorial Director

Smoked Haddock and Herb Fishcakes
By Victoria Blashford-Snell and Brigitte Hafner

What’s more satisfying than Thanksgiving dinner? Maybe getting up late the morning after and making a beeline to the fridge to assemble a cold turkey sandwich, piled high with clumps of stuffing and doused in leftover cranberry relish. While we adore leftovers all on their own, it’s gratifying too to assemble them into brand new dishes. Try these Smoked Haddock and Herb Fishcakes, which turn leftover mashed potatoes into crispy, savory fish patties dotted with scallions and parsley, a welcome respite from the multi-day turkey fest. The turkey itself is reinvigorated as well in the recipes below, anchoring hearty soups or baked into casseroles. 

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Chefs’ Tips & Tricks: Sweet Potato-Apple Latkes
By Amy Traverso


“Every year, we host a big Hanukkah party for a couple of dozen friends, serving up four or five different kinds of latkes (potato pancakes) at a time. These sweeter latkes, accented with the oniony bite of shallots, are always the first to go. And here’s a time-saving bonus: Because sweet potatoes contain less water than regular baking potatoes, you can grate them in the food processor without worrying about their releasing too much liquid.”

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