The day after Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite day to eat… Chinese take-out food. Anything that I didn’t boil on a stove or bake in the oven myself, please. Anything that doesn’t taste like sage or pumpkin, please. No pie, thank you. I can’t with the cold gravy, ok? Chinese take-out all the way.
If you, however, are the kind of resourceful and reasonable person that is lovingly committed Thanksgiving leftovers, might I suggest a few things?
• First. Waffle the heck out of your mashed potatoes. Melt cheddar cheese on top. Sprinkle chives. Take all the credit for potato genius. Go on go on! Mashed Potato, Cheddar and Chive Waffles!
• Second. Dutch Baby it! This super simple, puffed, buttery, almost doughnut-y breakfast pastry is fantastic topped with any sort of fruit you have on hand. I’m thinking cranberry sauce, orange segments, and a sprinkling of ground cloves! Berry Dutch Baby Pancake!
• Third. Sweet and salty grilled cheese with creamy brie cheese and leftover cranberry sauce pretty much hits the spot. All of the spots. Cranberry Brie Grilled Cheese.
• Forth. On the train to Leftover Town there are several stops. This turkey, bacon, brie, and avocado situation is savory and satisfying and just about as ultimate as it gets. If you were to add stuffing to this sandwich you would be a hero to many. The Ultimate Turkey Club.
My work here is done. Your leftover work is just beginning. God speed.