Next Day Dishes

We spend so much time thinking about the holiday meal that we’re sometimes in shock when we realize folks have to eat over the weekend, too. At most gatherings, there are usually plenty of leftovers and no one seems to mind turkey sandwiches and some of the side dishes. After a day or two, you might want to consider revamping the leftover turkey into something else.

I love the comforting flavors of creamed chicken or turkey. Combined with carrots, celery and onions in a rich creamy sauce, it just seems to remind me of home. My mother made chicken or turkey pie, with plenty of flakey homemade crust on top, but it has the same flavor profile. Creamed Chicken on Corn Meal Waffles adds a twist by serving the creamy chicken over crisp cornmeal waffles. Delicious! Of course, your leftover turkey may be substituted for the chicken.

If you are more in the mood for stew, Turkey and Smoked Sausage Stew with Cornmeal Sage Dumplings is a delicious answer. The same celery, carrots and onion perfectly complement the turkey. The addition of smoked sausage creates hearty depth of flavor. An easy-to-make drop dumpling, seasoned with sage, creates a heartwarming stew your family will love.

What are your favorite post-Thanksgiving leftover meals?

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