T minus one week till turkey day and I’m already dreaming about the day after when I eat leftovers until I pop and put up the Christmas tree. My first stop on the leftover train are these Thanksgiving leftovers stuffed sandwich rolls. It’s like Quiznos on crack.
The key for me is hollowing out the sandwich roll to allow more room for leftovers, and increasing the crispiness factor after baking. Yes, I do like to plan strategically when it comes to upping the deliciousness factor of my Thanksgiving leftovers.
Ok, so get a mini baguette or other type of sandwich roll and slice it about halfway through, but not all the way. If you cut too far, it’s cool, you’ll just have a messier meal. Scrape out the insides of the bread and eat them as you work, because it’s the day after Thanksgiving and you’re already wearing sweatpants, and your stomach has stretched from yesterdays feast, and it’s a shame to waste bread.
Next, start filling your roll with all your favorite leftovers. I like to stack it by flavor profile, but it’s up to you. I did mashed potatoes and stuffing on the bottom, followed by turkey in the middle, cranberry sauce and gravy on the top.
I topped the whole thing with cheese, because cheese makes everything better, and then popped those bad boys in the oven at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes until the cheese is melted, the leftovers are heated through and the bread is super crispy. It’s like heaven in hand held form. I think this may be my most favorite way ever to enjoy leftovers, but surely there will still be more leftovers to transform. I’ve got you covered.
Take some leftovers, wrap them in a pizza crust and you have Thanksgiving leftovers stromboli!! (You can thank me for this one later). Why not griddle all your leftovers and then smash them into a Thanksgiving leftovers grilled cheese sandwich? Or my personal favorite, take a slice of leftover pumpkin pie and smash it between two cinnamon graham crackers and make a pumpkin pie s’more. That should help free up some real estate in your fridge.
However you enjoy your leftovers, don’t forget to take a few moments to give thanks and be grateful for all that you have. Thanksgiving is not the only day of the year to be thankful. Gratitude never goes out of style.