While there is much to anticipate about Thanksgiving dinner, I'm also already looking forward to the leftovers! If your family tends to cook for a small army, like mine does, then there will be plenty to go around.
And there are many delicious Thanksgiving leftover inspired meals that you can create, so don't be shy when leftovers are on offer. I find, if you go in with a game plan, and think of it like a free grocery shopping trip (like my cheap, I mean frugal, self does), you'll end up saving time and money in the days that follow. Plus, you'll have some really great dishes to enjoy all week long.
To help you with your game plan, I'll be featuring recipes that are inspired by Turkey Day favorites. I'm going to kick things off with a Spinach and Cranberry Salad with Stuffing Croutons. This salad is so amazingly good that I don't know where to begin in raving about it, so I'll just leave it at, this is a must try recipe!
Total Time: 70 minutes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
What you'll need
10 tablespoons stuffing
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
2. Scoop 1 tablespoon of stuffing and form into a cube. Repeat 9 more times to make 10 croutons.
3. Place stuffing cubes onto a baking sheet.
4. Bake for 1 hour.
6. Place the croutons on a plate, and allow them to continue to cool in the refrigerator for at least one hour before serving.
Total Time: 15 minutes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes
For the salad
4 cups spinach salad
1 cup cooked green beans
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
For the dressing
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup sugar
1/8 cup white wine vinegar
1 lime, juiced
1 shallot, pressed with a garlic press
1 clove garlic, pressed with a garlic press
1. Add spinach, green beans and onion to a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle on cranberries and slivered almonds.
2. Top with stuffing croutons.
*Note -- you probably won't need to use all of the dressing. I'd apply about half of the dressing, toss, taste and decide if you need more.
4. Serve and enjoy!
I know everyone says their Mom makes the best stuffing, but my Mom really does make the best stuffing! It is so good, that I have to share her recipe. Caution, the quantities aren't reduced for two. This recipe makes 4 quarts, which should generously serve about 10-12 people.
What you'll need
2 bags unseasoned Cubed Country Style Stuffing (I prefer Pepperidge Farm)
1 package sage flavored Jimmy Dean sausage
1 package reduced fat Jimmy Dean sausage
4 celery stalks (aka celery ribs), chopped
1 small onion, chopped
49 ounce can chicken stock
16 ounce carton chicken stock
1 tablespoon butter
1. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Saut
7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
8. Transfer stuffing to a 4 quart baking dish. Bake uncovered for 45 to 50 minutes. Serve and gobble, gobble!