Make It Yourself: Cornbread Mix
When it comes to whipping up freshly baked muffins and quick breads, we love the convenience of a boxed mix. But we’re not crazy about the hydrogenated fats and preservatives that sometimes hide inside. So we came up with our own super-simple cornbread mix using ingredients you likely have on hand. Whisk together the dry ingredients today, and stash the mixture in the pantry for up to three months. Then bake a fresh batch on Thanksgiving (or any) morning.
Beef, Bacon, and Egg Burgers
This breakfast-dinner mash up combines an egg sandwich with a bacon burger. In other words, it’s the best of both worlds. The from-scratch patties come together in just a few minutes, and the whole thing requires only 30 minutes to prepare. We recommend grilling the burgers 4 minutes per side for a medium-rare patty; continue cooking each burger until they reach the desired doneness for each of your diners. Now, what to have on the side? Pick from morning or nighttime fare; ultimately, you can’t go wrong. Sweet potato fries feel at home alongside this Instagram-worthy burger, but so does hash browns.
If they aren’t already, chilaquiles are about to become your new favorite thing. Our twist on the comforting Mexican dish makes use of leftover turkey meat. We made our own tortilla chips by baking corn tortillas brushed with olive oil until crisp, but feel free to use store-bought chips instead. Perfectly balanced with bright, fresh ingredients like radish and cilantro, this dish can be served as-is or with a fried egg on top (but either way, don’t skimp on the sour cream and lime wedges when serving). These hit the spot for brunch, a snack, or an appetizer. You can even skip the meat altogether for a winning vegetarian dish.
Turkey Rosemary Bolognese
Who doesn’t love a hearty Bolognese sauce? This Italian classic simmers low and slow until it becomes a rich, thick sauce that coats every strand of pasta. You’ll likely have most of the ingredients on hand leftover from your Thanksgiving prep (carrots, celery, and onion)—and maybe just enough red wine from the night before, too. As it cooks, the turkey breaks down to resemble the ground meat typically found in bolognese. Don't forget to serve each bowl of pasta with crusty bread to soak up every last bite of sauce. Paired with a simple green salad (and maybe more wine), this will become one of your new favorite ways to enjoy leftover turkey.
Turkey Banh Mi
Banh mi, the beloved Vietnamese sandwich, gets a Thanksgiving makeover in this flavorful recipe. Traditionally made with pork, this variation is packed with leftover turkey, but sandwiched with the traditional pickled veg, creamy mayo, and crusty bread you know and love. Surely you’ll have carrots leftover from making stuffing, and you most likely set aside some turkey for the next couple of days. The rest of the recipe is easily adaptable: feel free to use whatever herbs you have on hand. Needless to say, it's time to say goodbye to the standard day-after-Thanksgiving turkey sandwich and make this one instead. It might just become a new tradition.
Turkey and Scallion Dumplings
These leftover turkey dumplings are reminiscent of your favorite take-out appetizer. The turkey gets finely chopped and tossed with flavorful ingredients, such as fresh ginger, tamari, and sesame oil. Have fun experimenting with different dumpling shapes: triangles, purse shapes, or half-moons all work with this recipe. You can even freeze any uncooked dumplings for another time—they'll come in handy on busy weeknights. Serve these with a simple tamari-based dipping sauce, or drop them into a miso broth for a satisfying meal. Try these with ground chicken or pork when all the turkey is gone.
Turkey and Cheese Pupusas
In these super simple pupusas, you'll transform leftover turkey meat into a super-satisfying filling. Genius! Pupusas are a Salvadorian dish made from masa harina (a specific type of corn flour), stuffed with a variety of fillings such as meat, cheese and/or beans. The pupusas are then pan-fried until golden brown and crisp. In this tasty version, we used mozzarella cheese for its incredible melting ability (yes, we're going for that cheese-pull!) These are great as handheld fare, but even better loaded with a zingy salsa verde, pickled veg, or a fresh salad to balance out the richness of the pupusas. Once you try these, experiment with other fillings such as shredded chicken, or mashed black beans.
Sweet Potato and Turkey Tagine
Leftover turkey meat was made for tagine. The turkey soaks up all the warm flavors of the ginger, turmeric, coriander, and cinnamon, and simmers in a thick, flavorful sauce that begs to be served over couscous or rice. The olives add a briny saltiness that gives depth to this delicious stew, and the apricots can’t be missed—they add texture and a subtle sweetness often found in tagine. Don't feel limited to making this dish with leftover turkey. If you're craving tagine for dinner, but only have a rotisserie chicken on hand, it will work just as wonderfully in this recipe.
Spinach Feta Skillet Dip
There are few things better than a warm and cheesy dip, and we guarantee this will be your new favorite for hosting. That's because we've combined the dip and the bread into one skillet, giving you one less component to worry about. Here's how it works: You'll start by rolling crescent roll dough into balls and placing them around the outside of an oven-safe skillet. You'll pour creamy spinach dip into the center, top with salty feta cheese, then bake until the dip is warm and bubbly and the rolls are nicely browned. Then, bring the skillet straight to the table and let your guests dig in.
Apple Coffee Cake Twist With Giant Crumbs
We all know the giant, buttery crumbs are the best part of any coffee cake. Naturally, we made them the star of this dessert. They sit atop an impressive crescent roll twist—much more fun (and easier) than a traditional coffee cake. For the filling, you'll want to opt for Granny Smith or Pink Lady apples, which maintain some texture when cooked and don't get mushy. It's okay if your twist doesn't look perfect (an apple piece or two may poke through the dough), because you can cover up any imperfections with your oversized crumbs.