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5 Leftover Thanksgiving Makeover Recipes

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Stop right there!  Remove that plate of turkey and dressing from the microwave!  It’s time to turn those Thanksgiving leftovers into something new and delicious!

These 5 dishes take your Thanksgiving leftovers from bland to fab by making them over and creating something that will delight the palate instead of bore your taste buds!

#1 Sausage Stuffing Balls

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Simply add 1 lb. of pork sausage and 1 whisked egg to leftover stuffing (or dressing) to make this delicious dish that can be served as a meal with Mashed Sweet Potatoes or Twice Baked Rosemary Blue Cheese Potatoes, or invite some friends over this weekend to watch football and serve these as a party app!

#2 Mini Turkey Meatloaves

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Grind up some of that leftover turkey to make these mini meatloaves everyone in the family is sure to love! Most of the ingredients for the dish are probably in your refrigerator from yesterdays meal, sage, celery, carrots, garlic, check, check, check, check!  Now get busy 🙂

#3 Sweet Potato Jalapeño Fritters

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Got a couple extra sweet potatoes lying around? How about an egg, some garlic and a jalapeño?  Well then you have most everything you need to make these delicious sweet potato cakes that are the perfect way to use sweet potatoes in a new and different way!

#4 Spicy Stuffing Cakes

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If sausage isn’t your thing, these vegetarian Spicy Stuffing Cakes are a great way to kick that leftover stuffing up a notch! Simply add a little curry and chili powder then form into cakes! Pair with the Mini Turkey Meatloaves for a kicked-up, bite-sized, leftover Thanksgiving dinner!

#5 Blueberry Banana Bread Pudding

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Leftover dinner rolls are perfect for this breakfast favorite!  Tear up the rolls, throw in some fruit and you’ve got a sweet, delicious treat that’s sure to be more exciting than a re-heated roll!

Now it’s time to re-purpose those leftovers and dig in to something new and delicious!  Enjoy!

Mini Turkey Meatloaves

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, quick, easy, food, recipes, thanksgivingWho doesn’t love Thanksgiving dinner? I know I love it and I’m pretty sure you do too.  That is why I created the (what was supposed to be) “Kicked Up 30-minute Thanksgiving dinner”, which I would now like to call the “Hour-or-so-but-still-well-worth-the-time-kicked-up-Thanksgiving dinner!”

I started off by turning the turkey portion of dinner into mini turkey meatloaves, “kicked up” by adding roasted jalapeños and Serrano chilies, a little chili powder and cumin, then topped off with a sriracha ketchup mixture. I then turned my favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner, the stuffing, into little Spicy Stuffing Cakes!

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, quick, easy, food, recipes, thanksgiving, stuffing cakesThe result was so delicious I’ve already eaten the leftovers twice (and I made it yesterday!)

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  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 red onion (chopped)
  • 2 carrots (chopped)
  • 3 stalks celery (chopped)
  • 1 green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 4 serrano chilies (roasted, de-seeded and chopped)
  • 2 jalapeño peppers (roasted, de-seeded and chopped)
  • 1 tsp fresh sage (chopped)
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup Rice chex (crushed)
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp Sriracha

Start by adding the chopped onions, carrots, celery and bell pepper to a skillet over medium heat with a drizzle of olive oil.

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, quick, celery, onions, carrots, garlic, easy, food, recipes, thanksgivingSauté for 5-7 minutes, then add the minced garlic.  Sauté for an additional 1-2 minutes, then add the sage, chili powder, jalapeños, chilies and cumin.

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Next, remove the vegetable spice mixture from the heat and place in a large mixing bowl with the ground turkey. Add the crushed rice chex and egsg.  Use your hands (or a spoon, if you’re civilized like that) and combine the mixture.

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, quick, jalapeños, carrots, celery, onions, recipesPlace the mixture into a muffin pan (or if you have one, a muffin stone, my newest kitchen obsession!)

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, quick, easy, baking stone, cupcake pan, recipes, thanksgivingPlace into the oven at 350° for 20 minutes.  While in the oven, make the sauce to top them with by combining the ketchup and sriracha in a small bowl.

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, sriracha, ketchup, spicy sauce, easy, food, recipes,After 20 minutes, remove the mini meatloaves from the oven and top them with the sauce…. like this…

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, quick, spicy topping, food, recipes, thanksgivingOnce all the muffins have been topped with the sauciness, place them back into the oven for an additional 15-20 minutes or until the turkey is cooked through.

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, quick, sriracha, spicy, recipes, thanksgivingI might have eaten one or two straight out of the pan… maybe… allegedly… probably.

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, quick, easy, food, recipes, thanksgivingNew favorite dish?  Quite possibly!

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, quick, easy, food, recipes, thanksgiving, saladAdd the Spicy Stuffing Cakes and make a “however-long-it-takes-because-it’s-delicious” kicked up version of Thanksgiving dinner tonight!

♣ Vegetarian Option: Use veggie crumbles instead of ground turkey to make this dish vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: Rice Chex is gluten-free, so that makes this dish gluten-free!