Well, today’s the day. You’ve carefully hidden last night’s pizza boxes, skimmed the gravy, candied the yams, locked the kids out of the kitchen, and gone to the store three times for things you’d forgotten. Now it’s time to relax, enjoy the company of your friends and family, and uh…start thinking about leftovers.

Now we know you’re all over the turkey sandwiches and turkey soup already, so we’re not going to go there.

Here are a few other ways to milk a turkey dinner’s remnants for all they’re worth:

  • Use leftover stuffing as the crust for turkey pot pies. Fill individual ramekins with leftover turkey and vegetables, cover them with leftover gravy, and top with the stuffing. Dot with butter, and bake until heated through and golden.
  • Pick all the remaining meat from the bones, then roast the bones, wingtips, tail and leftover skin until they’re well browned. They’ll make tastier broth that way. Be sure to get the jelly and brown, cooked-on bits from the bottom of the roaster.
  • Use your leftover gravy and part of the broth to make stew with your leftover vegetables.
  • Not enough stew to feed the whole family? Put it in a crust and serve it as a turkey pie instead. Serve a wedge of the pie with salad at lunch or mashed potatoes at dinner.
  • If you don’t have enough leftovers to make anything else, wrap them in dough to make lunch-sized meat pies or empanadas.
  • Oh, and all those loose fragments of turkey left on the tray after carving? Gather them up and sprinkle them over your lunchtime salad for an easy portion of lean protein.

Deciding how much food to make for the big celebration can be pretty stressful, but it makes life easier if you’ve thought about the leftovers ahead of time and have your plan in place. Heck, you might want to deliberately make extra to use the following day. It’s always easier to be creative when you have time on your side.

This has been a guest post by Fred
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