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You’ve Got Lots of Thanksgiving Leftovers. Now What?

Published November 27, 2023

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Photo: Yunhee Kim

First of all: Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you’re not even checking your emails today, and that this post finds you tomorrow, when, presumably, you’ll need it most.

Years ago, I published a piece in the Times Magazine called “A Radical Rethinking of Thanksgiving Leftovers.” It’s a list of mini recipes (somewhere between ideas and full-on instructions) for what to do with the four Thanksgiving leftovers that many of us are most likely to have lying around come Friday: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce. It remains my favorite collection of Thanksgiving leftover recipes that I’ve done and, rather than re-jigger the whole thing, I’ve turned it into the equivalent of an album with bonus tracks. Version 2.0 (below) includes all of the original recipe ideas, many of which have been updated to weave in different ingredients and flavor profiles, along with a handful of recipes that were (due to space restrictions) left on the cutting room floor.