Thanksgiving leftovers thread

We’ve just about polished off all the leftovers from Thanksgiving this year. I tried to keep them to a minimum by not cooking the things most people in my family don’t eat (stuffing, gravy) and cooking moderate portions of everything else. We had just the right amount of mashed potatoes and only one serving left of the salad, curried butternut squash soup and apricot-glazed beets.

Tonight we’ll finish the last of the turkey soup. I made the broth with the carcass and cut up the last bits of meat, along with some carrots.

I had more than a cup of cranberry sauce leftover, so I mixed it with a couple of diced apples and poured it into a frozen pie crust. I made a crumbly topping with oatmeal, flour, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon, spread it over the pie and baked it for about 35 minutes at 350 F.

Share your own leftover ideas in this thread. In the past I’ve used mashed potatoes to make potato pancakes, which was tasty.

Thanks to Griffieon Family Farms for the fabulous heritage turkey, the Huber Family Farm for Charlotte potatoes, which won raves, and One Step at a Time Gardens for the squash, onions, garlic, carrots, and beets.

UPDATE: I forgot that I have most of a jar of applesauce left, and no one in my family likes to eat it plain. Anyone have any good cake or quickbread recipes that use a lot of applesauce?

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  • applesauce

    I found myself in the same situation last week – a giant container of applesauce and a houseful of folks who aren’t big fans.

    I baked a chocolate applesauce cake that takes 2 c. of applesauce.  It was very moist, the kids ate it and it didn’t taste like applesauce!

  • Here it is:

    2 c. flour

    1 1/2 c. sugar

    1/2 tsp. salt

  • Let's try that again


    2 c. flour, 1 1/2 c. flour, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 1/2 tsp soda, 3 T cocoa, 2 eggs, 1/2 c. oil, 1 tsp vanilla, 2 c. applesauce

    Mix flour, sugar, salt, soda and cocoa.  Add eggs, oil, vanilla and applesauce.  Mix well, pour into greased 9×13″ pan.  

    Optional topping: 6 oz chocolate chips, 3 T. sugar, 1/2 c. black walnuts.  Put on top of batter before baking.

    Bake at 350 degrees for 35 – 40 minutes.

    Good with ice cream or whipped topping.  

    • only 3 Tbsp of cocoa?

      Does it really taste like chocolate cake>

      I think I will give this a try.

      • Actually...

        the recipe only calls for 2 T of cocoa but I thought it looked a little anemic and threw in a third.  Maybe even a fourth?

        Yes, it tastes like chocolate cake!