Thank You, Leftovers

Sweet Potato Cranberry Donuts (Photos Courtesy of Taste Of Home)
Sweet Potato Cranberry Donuts (Photos Courtesy of Taste Of Home)

When it comes to memorable sandwiches, few match the grace and tradition of the Thanksgiving leftover sandwich. In my house it consists of turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy, with a slice of turkey skin soaked in gravy, all piled into a semolina roll. Variations can and do occur, like adding mashed potatoes or another side dish to the fray, but the main ingredients are always present.

Sweet Potato-Cranberry Donuts

Idaho is known for “spudnuts,” a donut made from mashed potatoes. This spin comes from Joni Hilton of Rocklin, CA.

¼ cup sugar
1½ tsp active dry yeast
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp salt
4 to 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup 2 percent milk
¼ cup shortening
2 tbsp water
2 eggs
½ cup mashed sweet potatoes
½ cup finely chopped dried cranberries
Oil for deep-fat frying
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 to 3 tbsp apple cider or juice

Biscuit Turkey Bake
Biscuit Turkey Bake

Biscuit Turkey Bake

This recipe comes from Stephanie Denning in Mt. Pleasant, IA. It’s a stick-to-your-ribs meal that will stretch the tight holiday budget.

1 can (10¾ oz) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
1 cup chopped cooked turkey or chicken
1 can (4 oz) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
½ cup frozen peas
¼ cup 2 percent milk
Dash each ground cumin, dried basil and thyme
1 tube (12 oz) refrigerated buttermilk biscuits

Grandma's Potato Dumplings
Grandma’s Potato Dumplings

Grandma’s Potato Dumplings

Day-old rolls and leftover potatoes transform into buttery deliciousness from Wendy Stenman in Germantown, WI.

2 day-old hard rolls
½ cup water
2 tsp canola oil
½ cup leftover mashed potatoes
1 egg, lightly beaten
Dash ground nutmeg
1 to 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
¼ cup butter, cubed

Turkey and Stuffing Eggs Benedict
Turkey and Stuffing Eggs Benedict

Turkey & Stuffing Eggs Benedict

Paired with champagne and cranberry juice, this brunch crowd-pleaser comes from Brittany Allyn of Nashville, TN.

3 cups leftover cooked stuffing
4 egg yolks
1 tbsp lemon juice
½ cup butter, melted
1 tbsp minced fresh parsley
Dash salt
Dash ground nutmeg
1 tbsp olive oil
4 eggs
¾ pound sliced leftover cooked turkey, warmed

Thanksgiving leftovers are a many-splendored thing, and the folks at Taste Of Home—a food media brand spanning magazines, books, the web and more—boast a veritable cornucopia of unique leftover creations. All of the above recipes and directions can be viewed in full at

Steve Mosco
Steve Mosco, the former editor-in-chief at Anton Media Group, is a columnist for Long Island Weekly's food and sports sections. He fancies himself a tastemaker, food influencer and king of all eaters.

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