For most of us, Thanksgiving is a wonderful blend of food, family, and fun. Unfortunately, the day after isn't so festive. All the guests have gone, you're alone with a mountain of leftovers, and the fun? Well, let's just say there are other places you'd rather be. Here are some unique, new ways to deal with Thanksgiving leftovers that will put some pizazz back in your day after Thanksgiving.
Turkey and Stuffing "Dogs" on a Stick
2-1/2 cups leftover turkey, finely diced
2-1/2 cups leftover stuffing
2 eggs, slightly beaten
Vegetable oil (for frying)
1. Mix turkey, stuffing and eggs. Add enough flour to hold together well.
2. Chill for three hours.
3. Heat 4" oil in heavy saucepan over medium heat.
4. Working with 3/4 cup of mixture, mold into a corndog shape. Insert stick.
5. Roll in breadcrumbs to coat well.
6. Carefully drop in hot oil and fry for 10 minutes.
Tip: You can also use leftover turkey and/or stuffing to make croquettes, potato pancakes, and hash.
Cranberry Sauce Muffins
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup cranberry sauce
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp each ground allspice and cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar.
3. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well.
4. Stir in cranberry sauce.
5. In separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Stir into creamed mixture.
6. Fill prepared muffin cups 3/4 full. Bake for 20 minutes. Check for doneness and if necessary, bake for 5 to 7 minutes longer.
Tip: Leftover cranberry sauce can be used in many baked goods, turned into pancake syrup, or mixed with honey for a delicious dessert topping.
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