After Thanksgiving the food fest continues with new ways to make tasty leftovers! This recipe uses sausage but can be substituted for leftover turkey instead. It’s a perfect comfort food recipe as the days get colder and the nights get longer. It didn’t take long to throw together either! The beans, wild rice and corn made it a very hearty meal. I had never used turkey sausage in soup but it added some really nice flavors. I used a homemade chicken broth instead of store bought which enhanced the flavor of the soup quite a bit. The rice absorbs a lot of the broth so make sure to have extra on hand to add in later.
Here are a few of my favorite Thanksgiving side dishes and main courses. Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday to get creative with a lot of different dishes!
Turkey burgers are the perfect alternative to beef burgers because they are versatile and have great flavor. I had never tried turkey burgers before and I was surprised by how tasty they were! This recipe ended up being a celebration of the end of summer and a good way to tie two seasons together. The burgers were juicy and charred, and went perfectly with the caramelized onions and smoky gruyere. I chose sweet potato fries for a side and they were really good with the burger. The sage mayo was another great accompaniment with the turkey burger as well. The recipe is similar to last Thanksgiving’s Roasted Butternut Squash recipe with caramelized onions and gruyere. The sandwich reminded me of a summer version of Thanksgiving dinner, and just as tasty too!
One of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving is all the leftovers for the days after. I usually like to make a soup out of the turkey leftovers but another great way to use all that turkey is to make a delicious sandwich with cranberry sauce. There is something about the combination of roasted turkey, cranberry sauce, and mayonnaise on crusty bread that make Thanksgiving part II almost as good as the first day. This sandwich is naturally very easy to make as all the ingredients have already been prepared. I added some tomatoes and lettuce to give the sandwich some extra crunch. An excellent way to finish off any kind of leftover Thanksgiving turkey!
After Thanksgiving, it is a tradition in my family to take the carcass of the turkey and boil all the leftovers down to make a soup. The flavors of this soup were very good and the broth was excellent because it simmers for a few hours. I had some leftover brown rice so I threw that in with the wild rice. You can always make it with thick egg noodles instead. It’s sad to throw out the picked over chicken or turkey and not use it for anything–with this recipe there is no waste. This recipe also works very well with the leftovers of a whole roasted chicken.
While I love cooking a huge whole turkey for the holidays, there is no need to get a whole turkey when you’re cooking for two. Instead, I picked up a turkey breast from the store which weighed in at about 7 pounds with the bones so that was more than enough for two. Of course one of the best things about thanksgiving is the leftovers for turkey sandwiches! This turkey was so tender and juicy–I was very happy with how it turned out.