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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!

Spicy Stuffing Cakes

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To go alongside my Mini Turkey Meatloaves, I added my favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner, the stuffing. I kicked it up a notch by adding chili and curry powder.  It gave great additional flavor to the dish with just a hint of spiciness. I made them into little cakes for an easy-to-serve side dish any time of the year!

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Ingredients (makes 9 cakes)

  • 12 slices (or 1/2 lb) of bread
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 3 stalks celery (chopped)
  • 1 red onion (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp fresh sage (chiffonade)
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup chicken broth

Start by heating the butter in a skillet. When it begins to melt, add the celery, red onion, garlic and sauté for 5-7 minutes.

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Add the salt, pepper, sage, curry powder and chili powder.

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stuffing, cakes, spicy, chili powder, curry powder, celery, onions, garlic, bread, side dish, recipeNext, add the vegetable mixture to a large mixing bowl, allow to cool slightly then add the cubed bread to the bowl. Crack the egg and pour the chicken broth on top, mix lightly with your hands or spoon, just be sure not to beat the heck out of it or you will end up with mush!

Grab about 1/3 cup of mixture and form into a small “cake”, repeat 8 times then place the cakes onto a baking stone or pan.

stuffing, cakes, spicy, chili powder, curry powder, celery, onions, garlic, bread, side dish, recipeBake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until golden and crisp on the outside.

stuffing, cakes, spicy, chili powder, curry powder, celery, onions, garlic, bread, side dish, recipeServe as a side dish with any meal!

stuffing, cakes, spicy, chili powder, curry powder, celery, onions, garlic, bread, side dish, recipeOr as a part of my “Weeknight Thanksgiving” meal with Mini Turkey Meatloaves!

stuffing, cakes, spicy, chili powder, curry powder, celery, onions, garlic, bread, side dish, recipeThis is one of my new favorite meals!  A simple, spicy and savory way to eat turkey and dressing any time!

stuffing, cakes, spicy, chili powder, curry powder, celery, onions, garlic, bread, side dish, recipe♣ Vegetarian Option: Substitute vegetable stock for chicken broth to make this dish vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: Use a gluten-free loaf of bread to make this dish gluten-free.