Planning to Tackle the Leftovers and a Wusthof Giveaway

When it comes to Thanksgiving leftovers, the options are pretty much endless. There are the repurposed casseroles, the hearty turkey and vegetable soups, potpies, and even impressive renditions involving Julia Child-like skill. After years of happily avoiding the black Friday madness by indulging in post-Thanksgiving leftover repurposing, I’m here to crown the sandwich king.

It’s simple. Everyone gets the exact combination they want, a little DIY is a blessing after cooking for a crowd for days, and best of all, sandwiches requires no actual cooking.

Here’s how to prepare:

Step 1: Make a loaf of bread in your bread maker Thanksgiving morning.

Step 2: Use that loaf of bread on Black Friday

That’s it.

Here’s the ultimate hack: Skip the baking. Head down to your favorite bakery, navigate through the Black Friday shoppers – if you’re one of them, you can get your coffee at this point too – head home with a delicious, fresh loaf of crusty bread, and finally put those leftovers to work by making an amazing turkey sandwich.

This is the method I will be using:

One slice of crusty bread slathered with tart, cranberry sauce, piled with turkey, something green (probably green beans) or spinach, dressing, and topped with a secondary piece of fresh, crusty bread. It’s a little excessive but pure bliss. You absolutely must try it. For the truly adventurous treat, pop it in the Panini press.

Do you have a favorite post-Thanksgiving treat? Share it with us here and be entered to win a Wusthof Pro breadknife for your Thanksgiving celebration.

Chelsea B. Sanz
Chelsea B. Sanz

Chelsea Sanz has lived in East Tennessee since her family moved here from South Florida just before she started high school. While she initially begrudged her new home state, she eventually realized she had come to not only love it, but to “bleed orange” as University of Tennessee Volunteers fans here like to say. She and her boyfriend Hunter, a trail worker for Great Smoky Mountains National Park, enjoy exploring the nation’s most visited national park and coming up with their own farm-to-table recipes.

  1. November 12, 2014 at 3:38 pm, Jen Wolery said:

    My favorite post-Thanksgiving treat is making turkey, broccoli crepes. To make the filling, I take chopped onion, a clove or two of garlic, and sauté them in butter, add a splash of white wine and some heavy crème – whisk well, then sprinkle in some thyme and tarragon and then drop in chopped, de-boned turkey. add some freshly grated parmesean cheese or asiago cheese. Make some quick plain crepes and fill with the turkey mixture, layer on some re-heated steamed broccoli or broccoli rabe, roll 'em up and devour!


  2. November 13, 2014 at 2:52 pm, KaTom Restaurant Supply, INC. said:

    That sounds spectacular! Perhaps my second favorite Thanksgiving treat will be the turkey crepe!


  3. November 18, 2014 at 8:24 pm, Debbie Kaye said:

    I just love the same old foods but reheated as leftovers! Yum!!


  4. November 19, 2014 at 1:14 pm, KaTom Restaurant Supply, INC. said:

    Can't argue with that. After spending all the time we do on the originals, who says we can't enjoy them just as they are. Have a great Thanksgiving Debbie Kaye!