About Those Leftovers

Heather says:

It is time to use ’em or lose ’em. Here are some guidelines, and recipes for using up Thanksgiving leftovers. Substitute turkey in any of the chicken recipes below.

  • Turkey should be frozen or used within 2 – 6 days.
  • Frozen cooked turkey should be used within 2 months and should be cooked thoroughly, immediately after thawing.
  • If you have gravy or leftover mashed potatoes they should have been used within 1 – 2 days after Thanksgiving. Use them today or toss them out.
  • Leftover gravy is an excellent addition to “Mustgo Soup,” mashed potatoes are, too. Both thicken and add flavor.
  • Cranberry sauce can be stirred into yogurt, served over ice cream, or it makes a nice accompaniment to pork chops, ham, chicken, or fish. It should be used within 7 days. (The sugar acts as a preservative.)
Leftover Turkey Recipes
Turkey Soup Pilau
Turkey Salad Jambalaya



  1. Sunnie on November 28, 2007 at 2:48 am

    I immediately froze the white turkey meat we had. I’m going to attempt turkey and dumplings instead of chicken and dumplings. Wish me luck. LOL

  2. JRae on November 27, 2007 at 6:49 am

    Who has leftover mashed potatoes? I never do! 🙂

    This Thanksgiving I was at my uncle’s house and the Saturday after he made turkey tacos. They were awesome! I’d never thought of that before… he shredded the turkey meat and simmered it with some stuff (I’m guessing onions, tomatoes, taco sauce…) and it ended up being like pulled pork or a chicken taco or something. It was awesome. 🙂

  3. Margolis on November 24, 2007 at 3:55 pm

    we LOVE Thanksgiving leftovers! Tonight will be our third leftover Thanksgiving 🙂

  4. Patia on November 24, 2007 at 1:35 pm

    Who has leftover pie? Puh-lease. 😉

    Thanks for this — I was wondering about the cranberry sauce.

  5. Rachel on November 24, 2007 at 10:53 am

    Yeah, but what about the pie and pumpkin rolls? 🙂

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