Thanksgiving 2007: Side Dish Leftovers

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Most of the literature on dealing with post-Thanksgiving leftovers addresses the turkey: what do you do with all that meat?

But less attention is paid to the dilemma of leftover stuffing or yams. Tough dilemma, right? We generally agree with that Slate article and say, let leftovers be leftovers! Eat stuffing for lunch - no problem.

There are a few things, however, that can actually elevate your Thanksgiving leftovers and transmute them into even more deliciousness. Here are a few suggestions for your leftover side dishes, if you are indeed so blessed.No turkey dinner muffins here - most of these are slightly guilty indulgences.

Pan-fried stuffing: Make small patties of leftover stuffing and fry in a drizzle of olive oil over medium high heat. Crispy, golden deliciousness. Also, if you have a drier stuffing you can combine it with some spinach and an egg or two, roll into balls and bake for the Spinach Balls in the photo above.

Sweet potato breakfast burritos: If you made a spicy sweet potato dish, wrap up with black beans and tortillas for breakfast burritos. See our recipe for Yam and Black Bean Burritos for more inspiration.

Cranberry sauce for jam: Leftover cranberry sauce is pretty common in our family. Cranberry sauce will keep for quite a while, and we think it's great on peanut butter sandwiches - just like jam.

Pie for breakfast: OK, we did say this was a list of guilty indulgences, right, enabled by leftovers? Pie is simple - eat it for breakfast. Cold mincemeat or pumpkin pie for Friday breakfast is a Thanksgiving tradition. Don't forget the whipped cream.

Turkey sandwiches: The classic, right? Pour a little gravy on top of turkey and some white bread.

Related Links
Thanksgiving 2007: What's Your Favorite Side Dish?
Vegetarian Thanksgiving: Stuffed Pumpkin
Thanksgiving 2007: Sweet Potato Survey
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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.

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