Reinvent the Turkey: Thanksgiving Leftovers

One Skillet Chicken Turkey Pot Pie

You do all that work, spend all that time creating the perfect holiday meal, and there always seems to be enough food for the whole neighborhood. Traditional family dishes mix with new recipes, just like new family members blend right in with the aunts and uncles who have been bringing laughter to the table for decades.

So, when the main course is finally put away, what’s the best way to keep the festivities going? Getting creative with leftovers, of course! These incredible, flavorful recipes will create an unforgettable Thanksgiving encore everyone will love.

Breakfast & Brunch

Turkey may be the star at dinner, but potatoes can take center stage at breakfast. Use them to whip up some delicious Mashed Potato Cakes or a spicy breakfast hash. Don’t forget that breakfast is the most important meal of the day – hand out some Cranberry Sweet Potato Bread to those relatives hitting the road for a long drive home.

Soups & Sandwiches

On a chilly post-Thanksgiving weekend, try out this Turkey Noodle Soup recipe with leftovers from the celebratory feast. If you have more mouths to feed, try pairing the soup with a thick, hearty sandwich made from a surplus of meat from that delicious Baked Ham. Don’t forget to mix a little cranberry sauce into your mayo!

Dinner & Dessert

Leftover recipes aren’t just for the fully cooked dishes; extra ingredients have a use, too. Take a batch of Fruit and Nut Truffles into work on Monday or turn one of those seemingly endless cans of pumpkin into a mouth-watering Holiday Pumpkin Bread Pudding. Of course, we’ll always recommend savory Pumpkin Biscuits!

Want to add some heat to those cold turkey leftovers? Try this One-Skillet Turkey and Roasted Green Chile Pot Pie.

Reinvent your post-Thanksgiving dinners with creative ideas from our Clabber Girl recipes list. We’ve literally got hundreds, but here’s one of our favorites.

Turkey and Mashed Potato Shepherd’s Pie

This cozy dish is a variation of the classic shepherd’s pie and is a simple, easy way to put the two most common Thanksgiving leftovers to good use.

Ingredients:

1 pound leftover turkey – sliced
1/2 cup diced onion
1 cup leftover vegetables, such as green beans, corn or succotash
1 tablespoon Clabber Girl Corn Starch
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 cups turkey broth
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups leftover mashed potatoes
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 pound shredded Cheddar cheese

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a skillet over medium heat, cook the onions until they’re translucent. Add in the vegetables and stir until they’re warmed through. Remove from heat and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together broth, corn starch, ketchup, worcestershire and spices. Mix in turkey and vegetables. Spread the mashed potatoes on top of turkey filling and sprinkle with grated Cheddar cheese. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the top is browned.

DIY Baking Mix

 

We can’t control what our family eats during the day. Sure, we can try, but the one real shot we have is when we all sit down at dinner for a healthy, happy home-cooked meal.

But who has time for that?

From your full-time hectic job to balancing homework and soccer practice, there is hardly time to take a breath, let alone cook a healthy dinner. It may seem far easier to throw some tube biscuits in the oven; however, with a little planning ahead of time, you can be the home-cooked dinner hero, bringing warm, delicious homemade bread straight to the table in minutes.

Baking mixes are an easy way to get bread to the table fast. In the grocery store, baking mixes come in little bags or boxes, some labeled with ingredients you can hardly pronounce. But it’s incredibly simple to create your own baking mixes at home. Start with this simple one:

Clabber Girl Basic Baking Mix

Ingredients:

9 c. all-purpose flour (may substitute up to half of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour, whole wheat pastry flour or your choice of bleached or unbleached flour)
1/3 c. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
1 tbsp. salt
1 tsp. cream of tartar
1/4 c. granulated sugar
2 c. shortening

Instructions:

In a large bowl combine flour, Clabber Girl Baking Powder, salt, cream of tartar, and sugar. Stir together until thoroughly combined. Cut shortening into mixture with a pastry blender until it resembles coarse crumbs. Place mix into a sealed container to be stored, in a dry place (plastic containers work fine).

Storage Tips:

  1. Place mix into a tightly sealed container in a dry place. Plastic containers work fine.
  2. Counter or cupboard: 3 months
  3. Refrigerator: 6 months
  4. Whole grain mix: store in a refrigerator to avoid spoiling.

This basic blend is the first step in creating a warm, relaxing kitchen, filled with Blackberry Oatmeal Bars, Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake and savory Garlic Cheddar Biscuits.

Click here for more recipes that use the basic baking mix!

Celebrate Bastille Day – With Dessert!

Crepes Chantilly

Still relishing those mid-summer Fourth of July festivities? Lucky for you, today marks another celebration of freedom – Bastille Day! Much like Independence Day to Americans, Bastille Day commemorates the start of the French Revolution, when unarmed peasants stormed the Bastille prison and armory. What better way to commemorate their victory than to pop open some champagne, pull out the Bocce set and whip up a few delectable French desserts the whole family will love?

A French Celebration

Dessert in France is as much a part of the country’s heritage as Bastille Day. On July 14, flags line the Champs-Elysees, fireworks light up the Eiffel Tower and families gather with friends to honor the establishment of their first constitution. Needless to say, the celebration includes tremendous amounts of wine, cheese and, of course, chocolate.

From chocolate mousse to crème brûlée, French desserts are the Audrey Hepburn of baking; they have an elegance all their own. There is as much sophistication as there is sweetness in every bite. In this culture, food is to be savored, and each meal is planned with intention, creativity and attitude.

French Dessert Characteristics

In fact, the French consider cooking to be as artistic as painting, and it isn’t all about taste. While it’s true, the French have panache for pairing the richness of crème with the bittersweet tang of dark chocolate, the aroma and the presentation are equally as important. That’s what makes French food, especially desserts, so luscious– they appeal to all the senses. Traditional French desserts have several distinct qualities:

  • Light and fluffy, filled with air like meringue and mousse.
  • Complex, like cakes layered with caramel or heavenly chocolate macaroons.
  • Creamy and rich, relying heavily on dairy and eggs, such as crème brûlée.

Create Your Own!

On Bastille Day, transform yourself into a French pastry chef and kick-start your celebration with Clabber Girl’s mouth-watering Crepes Chantilly. This extra special treat is a delicate and delicious French-style pancake filled with sweet fruit and decadent crème. The thin cake is dressed up with strawberries and layered with whipped topping, creating a flavorful treat perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Another sweet filling of choice is peanut butter and banana slices – maybe even with a drizzle of chocolate!

For a twist, experiment with savory flavor combinations like sun-dried tomato and pesto with grilled chicken, or spinach, bacon and mushroom. With a little creativity and practice, you’ll develop crepe-making skills that everyone in the family will appreciate.

So do as the French do, and bon appétit!