Friday, November 26, 2010

What To Do With Thanksgiving Leftovers?

That question really never comes up since I know exactly what to do with Thanksgiving leftovers. In fact, they are my favorite part of Thanksgiving. Smile As I mentioned before, I am actually not a huge turkey fan, but I do enjoy what I make with the turkey leftovers.

Yesterday, as soon as we finished eating, I made a big pot of turkey soup. Judging from the photo, I could have skimmed off a bit more of the fat…

And here is the soup served with leftover brown rice and kimchi.

  • Bones of one turkey (including some turkey meat)
  • Water (to fill a large pot)
  • Turkey gravy
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Celery
  • Garlic (I used 4 frozen garlic cubes)
  • Cilantro (I used 3 frozen cilantro cubes)
  • Basil (I used 4 frozen basil cubes)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
I brought the water and turkey bones to a boil and added some leftover gravy as well the frozen herbs (garlic, cilantro, and basil). I boiled the bones for about 2 hours. Then I took them out of the water and skimmed off some of the fat. Next, I added the veggies to the broth and cooked them until they were soft, about 15 minutes.

Later today, I will make another one of my Thanksgiving leftover favorites: Mini Turkey Pot Pies
Here is a photo of one of last year’s pies. I’m thinking of changing up the recipe slightly and adding some bacon to the mix… Smile

And finally, here is some of yesterday’s fun:

We usually don’t use paper plates, but these were fun and clean up was very quick…

There was plenty of wine…

Good times…

Thanksgiving Day walk…

A little run to burn some calories energy… Winking smile

Fun on the swing…

More playing…

One exhausted toddler…

Questions: Do you like Thanksgiving leftovers? If so, what’s your favorite way to eat them? I’d love a link to your favorite Thanksgiving leftover recipe!

Be well,


  1. Oooh, I want to try your mini turkey pot pies!

    Haha, we had lots of wine, too...but not so much running to burn calories :)

  2. The little pot pie looks amazing!
    I didn't have leftovers since we ate at our oldest daughter's house so I have a turkey in the oven right now! Let the good smells begin!

  3. i wish tgiving was at my house b/c i'm craving leftovers right now!

  4. Turkey soup is the best use of the turkey bones, especially those meaty wings. I'm planning to make turkey enchiladas, which I believe Simply Recipes has posted yesterday.

  5. Anonymous11/26/2010

    Mini pot pies sound delicious! We eat the whole meal as leftovers for a few days and when we're tired of that make a whole lot of soups, sandwiches and even turkey quesadillas! PS: I love those plates!

  6. I just love throwing together a good sandwich. I made ham salad from the ham for sandwiches today. I also love to make mashed potato balls from the left over mashed potatoes. I have been wanting to make pot pies for a while now. But I think I am sort of scared by the idea!

  7. I took some of the Thanksgiving leftovers home, and had it for a midnight snack. I wish I had saved the turkey for soup though, because they really are the best for leftovers!

    Looks like you had a cozy thanksgiving, Andrea! :-)

  8. The paper plates are so funny and I can tell you had lots of fun.
    An award is waiting for you on my blog.
    Hope you'll have a wonderful weekend

  9. I'm glad you had a nice Thanksgiving, Andrea. I love the turkey plates! We did paper plates too. While I am big on not using paper plates and trying to do good things for our Earth, I think sometimes you just have other things to worry about (being with family and friends...) so doing the dishes is just not an option.

    We made turkey pot pie for a demo yesterday at work. Your looks so pretty and delicious. And I love the soup idea.

  10. Looks like you had a great Thanksgiving Andrea!

    We don't celebrate Thanksgiving so there are no leftovers so no tips here.

  11. Happy Belated Thanksgiving, Andrea! Your T-day festivities looked like a great time :) The turkey pot pie looks AMAZING!!! I wish I had leftovers to use, but pot pie is on my menu for next week. I don't think turkey would've done well traveling for 4 days from Chicago to central Illinois, and finally to Columbus, Ohio! Or at least it wouldn't have been too safe to eat by then!! :) Enjoy those yummy leftovers!!!

  12. I love to make soup with the bones, too. And nothing beats a good ole turkey sandwich. Glad the weather was good enough to be able to go out and expend some energy! :)

  13. Great use of leftovers. I never do Thanksgiving at my house so there are never any leftovers. Oh, I think that may have to do with me not eating turkey, LOL! I knew there was a good reason for that.

    The pic of the toddler on the swing is precious.

  14. Looks like a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    I'm not a huge fan of Thanksgiving foods, so the leftovers don't excite me as much as they might excite other people. However, my grandma makes a turkey/rice soup the next day called "joke," (my American spelling!) that is just wonderful! :) Basically just a very thick rice porridge with bits of turkey, which we top with cilantro, soy sauce, and white pepper :)

  15. Looks like you had a very nice Thanksgiving!

    I looove Thanksgiving leftovers...maybe even more than the food on the actual holiday! This year, I used a bunch of shredded leftover turkey meat to make gumbo...yum :)

  16. I've got some turkey bones in my crock pot right now for some soup tonight! I may even get ambitious and make my own whole wheat noodles... maybe... just maybe.

    Hope you get all your energy back soon! Looks like a fun time with all the family.

  17. I should try out that mini pot pie. That looks super delicious...fresh.
    I am so glad you had a nice Thanksgiving!

  18. Toddler in his coat?! too dang cute - he looks like he had a blast. Those plates/napkins are super cute too! I didn't cook this year so no leftovers to figure out for me!

  19. We only had enough for a bit of leftovers. Next year I need to get a bigger turkey! I like to make Turkey soup.

  20. Ooo... what a feast! Love to see you family photos. Everyone is having a great time.

  21. How do you make the frozen garlic,cilantro and basil cubes?

  22. @louise: I actually buy them at Trader Joe's. :)