The Day After Thanksgiving

Waste not, want not. Some of the best leftovers to reinvent come from the Thanksgiving table.

Although dubbed on many menus as the “day after” offerings, it is safe to say that if planned in advance and handled properly many thanksgiving day leftover-based dishes can be run for 3 or 4 days after the holiday; the gift that keeps on giving. When you add thoughtful creativity, in conjunction with in house advertising to the mix, leftovers can be quite profitable. By letting your customers know which days you’ll be offering dishes based on thanksgiving ingredients you may even prompt repeat visits.

Show your customers that you’re a culinary force during the holidays by highlighting Thanksgiving leftovers.

Here are a few quick-fire ideas – some plain and simple others a bit more elaborate:

  • Shaved turkey Benedict with cranberry sauce hollandaise.
  • Turkey frittata with cranberry chutney.
  • Turkey and stuffing waffle, add turkey and stuffing to your waffle batter when placed in the waffle iron, serve with cranberry maple syrup and shredded cheddar.
  • Turkey hash with roasted vegetables and griddled mashed potato.
  • Turkey pan pie. Line a single serve baking dish with stuffing as your pie crust and fill with diced turkey, vegetables. Top with a dollop of mashed potatoes and bake.
  • Turkey croquettes. Mix turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, egg, seasonings and herbs. Bread, fry and serve with cranberry aioli for dipping.
  • Creamy potato soup from leftover mashed potatoes.
  • Turkey and gravy over baked, mashed or griddled potatoes. Try subbing gravy for alfredo sauce.
  • Turkey poutine.
  • If you have an ice cream maker, add cranberry sauce to your ice cream base for cranberry ice cream. Garnish with fried sage leaves tossed in powdered sugar.

May your life and stomach always be full,
Chef Tim

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