Get creative with your Thanksgiving leftovers!

Do you have a couple piles of turkey meat staring you straight in the eyes every time you open your fridge? I certainly do. Last Christmas, Breakfast Television asked me to get creative and come up with three recipes that people could use to turn a mish mash of Christmas dinner leftovers (still applicable for Thanksgiving) into some interesting dishes.

As I’m always up for a challenge, I brainstormed and came up with some interesting ways to use up the holiday dinner leftovers. (left, photo of my friend Michelle and Chris setting the table for our Thanksgiving dinner this past Monday night)

You can view the vintage video clip of myself on Breakfast Television talking about my three leftover recreations here

Here’s the recipe for my favourite ‘reworking’ of the three, Cranberry Barbecue Turkey Sliders with Sweet Potato Aioli. I whipped some up last night in my Start From Scratch class, and mass approval. If you still have some leftovers in your kitchen, try this one out!

Cranberry Turkey Sliders with Sweet Potato Aioli

Sweet Potato Aioli

What you’ll need…

1 cup cooked sweet potato

1/4 cup sour cream

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1 TSP creamy horseradish

1 TBSP grainy Dijon mustard

1 garlic clove

1/3 cup fresh basil (finely chopped)

salt and pepper

Place the first 6 ingredients in a blender or food processor and purée until smooth. Stir in the fresh basil. Salt and pepper to taste. Leave in the refrigerator to chill until needed.

Yields 2 cups aioli

Total prep time…5 min

Cranberry Barbecue Turkey Filling

What you’ll need…

1 yellow onion (finely chopped)

2 cups cooked turkey meat (chopped)

2/3 cup BBQ sauce (Have you tried making homemade barbecue sauce? Check this one out!)

1/3 cup cranberry sauce

2 TSP siracha

olive oil

Place the chopped onion in a medium-sized pan, drizzle with olive oil and cook on medium-high heat until they start to caramelise, about 12-15 minutes. Reduce to low heat and add remaining ingredients. Stir regularly until everything is well mixed. Let cook for 5 minutes.


What you’ll need…

8 leftover dinner buns

1 cup fresh spinach

1/2 cup cilantro (loosely chopped)

Slice the dinner rolls in half, dress the bottom half of the bun with the sweet potato aioli, top with a generous portion of the BBQ turkey mixture, then some spinach and cilantro.

Great for a simple lunch and your kids (if you have some) will give you a thumbs up, guaranteed!

Serves 4

Total cook time…25 min

1 Comment to “Get creative with your Thanksgiving leftovers!”

  • kelly @ kellybakes October 15, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    I need dual citizenship so I can not feel guilty about celebrating your thanksgiving and ours. It’s not fair that I have to see my social media blow up with turkey, pie and all the fixins in October and then have to wait a month and a half until I get to eat all that too. #firstworldproblems

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