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The National Turkey Federation estimates more than 46 million turkeys were served on U.S. dinner tables this Thanksgiving. That is 736 million pounds of turkey meat.
Additional estimates of Thanksgiving favorites include more than 735 million pounds of cranberries, 1.9 billion pounds of sweet potatoes and more than 931 million pounds of pumpkins.
And today, millions of Americans have refrigerators full of Thanksgiving Day leftovers. So, instead of throwing the leftovers in a landfill consider whipping up some fun and easy left over recipes.
Empowher.com has included some easy recipes to concoct an easy family meal. Also, we included a couple of advanced recipes for the seasoned chef. For example, Parenting.com offers some great kid friendly and quick leftover recipes. Here is a quick sample of their tasty treats:
Place a line of sliced turkey meat and a dollop of sweet potatoes and stuffing inside a flour tortilla. Roll it up and bake, seam side down, at 350˚F for 20 to 25 minutes. Dunk in leftover gravy.
Turkey Shepherd's Pie
Chop up leftover light and dark turkey meat. Stir in some cold gravy, salt, and pepper. Layer the meat with mashed potatoes in a baking dish, topping with bread crumbs. Bake at 350˚F for 35 to 40 minutes.
Whip up your favorite pancake mix. Top them with warmed leftover cranberry sauce, ricotta cheese and orange zest.
Also, AllRecipes.com delivers some great creative recipes to give your Turkey leftovers a full makeover. The Day-After Thanksgiving Turkey Soup and the sandwich called ʺStuffyʺ are great family treats on a chilly evening.
Day-After Turkey Soup Ingredients
1 picked over turkey carcass (or 1-1.5 lb of cooked turkey)
1 1/2 cups leftover stuffing
2 celery stalks, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and sliced
1 onion, peeled and diced
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
1 teaspoon ground sage
2 1/2 quarts chicken broth
Garlic salt to taste
Ground black pepper, to taste
2 cups (uncooked) regular long-grain white rice
1 (16 ounce) package frozen green peas
Day-After Turkey Soup Directions