We all know what it means when that once-in-many-lifetimes holiday mashup is done and the calendar turns a page. It’s Shabbat! It’s the third night of Chanukah! And it’s time for…leftovers!
I have never ever had Thanksgiving that didn’t leave behind an abundance of leftovers. And, no, I’m not talking about the relatives who never leave, but delicious food that took hours to make, minutes to consume and a week to use up. Lucky for us that when this year’s Thanksgivukkah feasts are finished, there are still six nights of Chanukah partying and eating to do.
If you’re thinking turkey sandwiches, forget the bread and slip that turkey between two tasty latkes schmeared with cranberry sauce. Or how about a turkey-latke napoleon? Layer a stack of 3 or 4 leftover latkes with turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce in between each layer. Stack it as high as you dare. Then pour on warmed leftover gravy. Grab a knife, fork and napkin and dig in! A perfect lunch or main course.
That leftover cranberry sauce isn’t just a good sandwich spread. Dollop on sweet potato latkes along with some sour cream or go all the way and mix it right into the sour cream or yogurt and then try not to eat it all before you get to the latkes!.
Need more ideas to help your leftovers light up all the nights of Chanukah? Just think outside those containers sitting in your fridge to create a flavor festival.
- Mix leftover canned fried onions (okay, first you have to admit you bought them) from your green bean casserole into any savory latke.
- Add shredded turkey to potato latkes with lots of onions and then fry. Add a salad or roasted veggies and you’ve got a great Chanukah meal!
- Chop up leftover vegetables—fresh or cooked—including roasted sweet potatoes, squash and Brussels sprouts and mix into your latkes before they hit the oil. Corn is another natural addition.
- Take mashed potatoes or vegetable purees, add an egg or two and some flour or matzah meal to bind them and drop by tablespoonful into hot oil until golden brown.
And what to do with that unsightly picked-over turkey carcass? It’s more than a bunch of bones, so don’t throw it out. With just a little effort, it makes great soup. The rich broth is a tasty vehicle for whatever chopped vegetables you want to throw in, fresh or cooked. Matzah balls and noodles would love to take a turkey soup swim as well. What could be better for a post-Thanksgivukkah Chanukah dinner, especially since there won’t be another opportunity like this one for over 77,000 years!