Leftovers: Thanksgiving Sandwiches
By: Amanda Jade
My family takes Thanksgiving seriously. Growing up, we regularly had a half dozen or more guests at our place throughout the day, plus even more for the leftover days. I’m fairly certain it had to do with Mom’s Thanksgiving Sandwiches. There are only so many days one can eat the same meal on a plate and we always made enough to feed an army, So one year Mom got creative. She took a good sized spoonful of stuffing, tossed it into a sauté pan with a bit of oil and bits and pieces of the collection of leftovers and pan-fried the most delicious sandwich I’ve ever had (second only to her fried meatloaf sandwiches, it’s a trend).
This recipe is rather fast and loose with the ingredients, as everyone makes a different variation on Thanksgiving Dinner. Feel free to be as creative as you would like! Try it as a wrap!
- Turkey, shredded
- Green Beans
- Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
- Cranberry Sauce
- Mayo or other Condiments
- Honey Baked Ham, sliced and shredded, optional
- Butter or Oil
- Heat a little butter or oil in a pan and add the turkey, ham and green beans. Cook until just heated through.
- Add the stuffing and mashed potatoes, creating a kind of pancake and incorporating everything into a patty-like shape.
- Apply mayo to your bread and add your Thanksgiving patty.
- Drizzle gravy and cranberry sauce over your Thanksgiving patty.
- Consume carefully to avoid wasting even a tiny drop.
I have made this recipe using other Holiday leftovers. I’ve even added a scrambled egg to keep it all held together. Macaroni and cheese makes a great mashed potato substitute, as does cheesy mashed cauliflower. Sometimes I even pull this one out on leftovers day, just for a change. The possibilities are limited only to what you have in your fridge.