Leftover mashed sweet potatoes are not easy to reheat and serve without turning them too dry or worse, scorching them on the bottom of a pan. Instead of trying, use them as the base for moist, tender, and delicious pancakes for breakfast.
Smoked turkey stands in well for barbecued pork in a Carolina-style sandwich. The hot, vinegary sauce adds moisture to reheated turkey, which makes for some very fine drippings over coleslaw.
The Louisiana meal of red beans and rice is typically made with pork: smoked, salted, roasted, or pickled. Those all work well in this recipe (a pound of sliced and browned andouille sausage would be our choice), but the beans also shine with smoked turkey.
Smoked turkey replaces the more traditional choice of bacon in this rendition of braised collard greens. Nice and garlicky, the greens are spiced up with red chili flakes, with a bite of acidity from cider vinegar and lemon juice. And, since the turkey's pretty lean, we finish it off with some butter to give the pleasantly bitter, tender greens the rich, mouth-coating quality that pork belly typically provides.
Waffling your leftover mashed potatoes gives them a second life that may be even better than their first. The waffle iron crisps the ridges of the potatoes and leaves divots for gravy or other sauces to pool.
Slices of turkey on top of a crisp stuffing waffle, all covered with a cheesy gravy sauce that gets broiled until browned and bubbly before being topped off with a fried egg. This is the stuff morning-after-Thanksgiving dreams are made of.
This is no pumpkin waffle—it's a nicely spiced, lightly sweet custard that cooks in the waffle iron in minutes.
The grill is well-suited to roasted turkey perfection. Situating the darker meat closer to a two-zone indirect fire lets the legs and thighs cook faster than the more delicate breast meat, leaving both sections of the bird to reach their respective ideal temperatures at the same time. Plus there's the bonus of adding wood chunks for lightly smoky, more flavorful meat.
These sweet potatoes have just enough (read: plenty of) butter, heavy cream, and milk. Brown sugar and cinnamon play up the natural sweetness, but I also slip in a subtle ingredient that adds complexity: carrots.
This custardy European pancake, loaded with caramelized apples, is a stove-to-oven wonder that will rock your dessert...or brunch.
Bacon, cheddar, and scallions load this cornbread up with a salty, sharp, and smoky flavor that contrasts against the sweet and moist cornbread.
A fancy Thanksgiving salad that won't add to your holiday stress. Made with roasted brassicas, potatoes, radishes, and sunchokes plus frisee and radicchio, this dish can be prepped ahead with no loss in quality. Plus, it hardly wilts once dressed!
Creamed kale is an easy side dish that deserves its place on your holiday table. This version is made in the slow cooker and includes a bit of chicken stock, milk, and heavy cream, which is thickened on the stove before being poured on top of ribbons of kale. Romano cheese adds nuttiness and binds the sauce, along with a pinch of nutmeg and a little crushed red pepper. Right before serving, a touch of lemon zest brightens the dish.
I've paired pumpkin with a natural fall partner: apple cider vinegar. The flavors are pumpkiny with a hint of cinnamon and ginger to very gently remind you of pie season, without hitting you over the head with the Pumpkin Pie Spice flavors that are so common at this time of year.
Apple pie and pecan pie: two world-famous classics. But let's be honest, one's a little wholesome and the other's a little too sweet. You know which is which. But what if we combine them into a single pie with an apple filling and pecan bourbon-caramel top "crust"? And what if we told you it's easier to make and assemble than either of the originals? This may be the greatest pie mashup ever.
The combination of apples and cinnamon is a classic with good reason. It has a comforting warmth from autumnal spices and the hearty, tart apples. To fast foodify the dish, we turned to Domino's' CinnaStix: a bready, pizza dough byproduct topped with cinnamon and sugar and accompanied by a small well of sticky-sweet icing for optimal dunkage. Here, we balance the sweetness of our CinnaStix topping with a tart, boozy apple base.
Creamed corn gets a Southwestern (and fast food!) twist with Chipotle corn salsa. The finished dish is studded with smoky bacon, a touch of lime zest and juice, and a final flourish of cilantro or scallions to cut through the creamy, fatty sauce.
Since Popeye's makes one of our favorite buttery, tender biscuits in the city, we thought it would have excellent stuffing potential. And sure enough, once dehydrated in the oven, the biscuit-croutons stand up beautifully to the stock, cream, and egg mixture that gives this stuffing its custardy texture. The dish is studded with sweet Italian sausage, onion, celery, carrots, and fennel for a fast food twist on the classic dish.
This fast food take on Kenji's Hasselback potato gratin layers McDonald's hashbrowns in a rich, cheesy sauce--a combination of heavy cream with Gruyère and Parmesan, seasoned with raw garlic, thyme, and a hefty dose of black pepper. It's the perfect bath for the already-fatty potatoes to soak in as their tops crisp up in the oven.
Glazed in a buttery sweet-tart sauce, these roasted shallots are an easy, elegant holiday side dish.