When it comes to Thanksgiving, the real challenge is the leftovers. Making the odds and ends of the feast into something else that’s surprisingly different, yet assuredly easy, is the creative task for the next day. After all, who wants to begin something new when there are so many wonderful ingredients on hand?

Need some inspiration? Keep it easy and spice it up. Here’s how to turn your leftovers into something memorable.

In a hurry? We have a few tips to help you make do:

Mashed potatoes: Spread mashed potatoes over a casserole of leftover turkey and vegetables moistened with a little gravy and stock. Bake until the potatoes are nicely browned and the casserole is piping hot.

Mashed sweet potatoes and squash: Simply simmer the leftovers with stock and heavy cream. Spice it up with curry powder, or add a little thyme and shredded cheese. Use these in any sweet bread or muffin recipes calling for applesauce or pumpkin.

Wild rice: Leftover wild rice works wonders in soups, stews and casseroles. Toss with vegetables and a light vinaigrette for a salad with dried cranberries and toasted nuts. Toss wild rice into breads and muffins for texture and flavor.

Cranberries: Purée cooked cranberry sauce and thin with a little sweet wine or port for a dessert sauce to serve over ice cream or poundcake. □

 

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