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The Cookstr Weekly: What To Do With Thanksgiving Leftovers

December 3, 2015
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Cookstr! We’re so thankful to have you, our readers and members, to share recipes with every week. Whatever you’ve planned for the holiday, we hope it’s delicious.
Once the last bite of pie is savored and the last sip of coffee swallowed, I’m eager every year to turn to the leftovers from the Thanksgiving meal, transforming them with a little creativity and culinary alchemy into breakfasts, lunches, and dinners for the week to come.
While it’s hard to overstate the appeal of a good cold leftovers sandwich and a turkey stock from scratch, go beyond your go-tos this year with congee, chowder and more. Oh, and toss an extra pie slice in the blender with some ice cream for a seasonal milkshake, best enjoyed the next day while watching movies under a warm blanket. Happy post-Thanksgiving.
Warmest regards,
Kara Rota
Editorial Director


by James Peterson

“Since the soup contains only rice and water, its real function is as a soothing backdrop for sometimes fiery condiments. I use congee as a medium for slices or strips of leftover roast meats, thinly sliced raw meats, and leftover or fresh vegetables.”


More Recipes for Thanksgiving Leftovers 

So you made it through the big Thanksgiving meal, and now it’s time to tackle the mounds of leftover turkey, stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pie. You don’t want to throw all this great food away, right? Here are 5 ideas for turning leftovers into spectacular new dishes.


“I love classic Greek moussaka: baked layers of eggplant, tomatoes, minced meat and béchamel sauce. But I find the traditional use of lamb too rich for the mix, so I often opt for ground turkey, which has plenty of depth, especially when spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and allspice.


– Sara Foster



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