Ever notice how people turn their nose up at Thanksgiving leftovers? All they seem interested in is the classic turkey sandwich. I think the real reason people hate leftovers is because they are often heated in the microwave. Let's face it. The only thing a microwave is good for is popcorn. It's not a good way to reheat leftovers so that they're actually edible. Instead, you need put a little bit more work into turning yesterday's Thanksgiving feast into another great meal.
There are two methods I use for reheating leftover turkey. The first method is to spread the turkey out on a cookie sheet and reheat the meat in a 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes. I've found that this is one of the few ways you can avoid that awful taste that turkey gets after being refrigerated. In fact, it tastes like the turkey just came out of the oven. My other favorite method is to break the turkey into smaller pieces and place it in a saucepan covered in gravy. As the gravy and turkey heat together, the turkey becomes moist and flavorful. You might even want to boost the flavor of the leftover gravy with fresh sage or cracked black pepper.
Reheating Mashed Potatoes
Do you want mashed potatoes that taste just as good the second time around? All you need to do is place the mashed potatoes in a saucepan along with butter and enough cream to smooth the potatoes back out. Allow the potatoes to heat through, stirring to prevent burning on the bottom. This is also a great time to re-season the potatoes with sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper.
Reheating Dressing and Rolls
Cornbread dressing and rolls will become chewy if reheated in the microwave. I like to reheat my leftover dressing and rolls in the oven. I set the oven to 350 degrees and place the dressing on a cookie sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the dressing becomes crispy on top. Rolls can be added to the oven in the last 5 minutes of baking.
Thanksgiving leftovers don't have to taste icky. You also don't have to resort to sandwiches right away. I've been using these methods for several years and always love the results. Best of all, it means not having to cook during Black Friday. You can come home and quickly throw together this meal without your family complaining.