Gallery: SE Staff Picks: Favorite Way to Eat Thanksgiving Leftovers?

Cranberry-orange relish in yogurt
Cranberry-orange relish in yogurt
My favorite Thanksgiving leftover is my mother's cranberry-orange relish because it makes the perfect topping for yogurt. The relish is tart and citrusy and, in addition to whole cranberries and orange zest, it's got chopped walnuts and slivered almonds. Add some to a bowl of creamy Greek yogurt and you have an awesome seasonal breakfast. —Carrie Vasios
Turkey soup
Turkey soup
For me, the most precious Thanksgiving leftovers are the containers of turkey stock made from the carcass. Turkey broth is so much better than chicken broth—more savory, more flavorful, more able to cure the cold I inevitably catch in December. I like to add a bunch of chard or kale and sometimes shreds of leftover turkey, too. —Maggie Hoffman
Stuff in frying pan; egg
Stuff in frying pan; egg
This photo is of Kenji's leftover hash; mine is nowhere near this elegant. It goes something like this: chop up various favorite leftovers (Brussels sprouts and squash are usually involved, both made with bacon); add something starchy (I'm partial to the drier bits of cornbread stuffing); fry up in skillet; top with poached egg. An awful lot of my kitchen time could be summed up as "stuff in frying pan, add poached egg." —Carey Jones
Pie in oatmeal
Pie in oatmeal
Pie filling (whether pumpkin, apple, pecan, really any kind) is just asking to be an oatmeal topping the next morning. I like to carve out a few spoonfuls (oops, some crust got in there) and let it sink into the bowl of warm oatmeal. If you go apple, swirl in those soft, cinnamon-speckled pieces for the world's finest Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal. If pumpkin, the oats get all orange and squashy-tasting, becoming a sort of breakfast pumpkin "soup." And buttery, toasty pecans just melt right in. I am always looking for an excuse to eat pie for breakfast. (Note: this oatmeal + pie should not be confused with oatmeal pie.) —Erin Zimmer
Sneaking fridge bites
Sneaking fridge bites
I don't know if this qualifies as a favorite way to eat leftovers, but it's certainly a tradition in and of itself: sneak alternating bites of leftover stuffing/turkey/pie from the fridge without waking grandma sleeping in the next room. Bonus points for quietly sliding the silverware into the dishwasher without any extraneous clinks or clangs. —Jessica Leibowitz
Turkey Tetrazzini
Turkey Tetrazzini
Just like so many dishes from the Thanksgiving tradition (*cough*, green bean casserole), turkey tetrazzini gets a bad rap. But I definitely have a soft spot for the stuff. All the ingredients are on-hand and pasta and cream sauce do a great job at re-purposing the endless pounds of turkey meat. —Meredith Smith

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Simple turkey sandwich with gravy
Simple turkey sandwich with gravy
I'm afraid my leftover turkey sandwich is pretty standard. I just make a hot turkey sandwich on white bread, although if I'm feeling ambitious I use the pullman loaf from Sullivan Street Bakery. The gravy is key. Sometimes I dip every other bite into a cranberry-orange relish. The stuffing never comes near my sandwich. I don't like the bread-on-bread thing. —Ed Levine
Turkey tortilla soup
Turkey tortilla soup
As I mentioned a couple days ago, I like to make turkey tortilla soup. Honestly, it's much better than chicken tortilla soup, and it comes together really fast. Some versions of tortilla soup are tomatoey. I prefer mine with just chilies, good stock, and a few aromatics (though a can of tomatoes wouldn't kill it). A mix of many chilies works, but a simple blend of ancho, pasilla, and a couple of canned chipotles gives it plenty of rich, fruity flavor with a touch of smoke from the chipotles. As for the namesake fried tortillas, bagged chips work just fine, but freshly fried strips achieve that elusive tender-but-crunchy texture that are the hallmark of the best tortilla soup. Get the recipe ยป —J. Kenji Lopez-Alt
Heat them up
Heat them up
While growing up, my family never got into a "turn the leftovers into an awesome dish" routine; we just did what we did with all our leftovers: put them on a plate and heat them up in a microwave. It's not my favorite way of eating leftovers, it's just the way I've done it for ages. —Robyn Lee

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