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The Kitchn: How to make Thanksgiving leftovers lasagna

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When you’ve had your fill of turkey sandwiches and turkey soup, but there are still leftovers waiting to be eaten in the fridge, choose greatness. And by greatness we mean a towering lasagna filled with layers of roasted Brussel sprouts, creamy sweet potatoes, Thanksgiving stuffing and of course, the turkey. One might even argue that this next-day meal is even better than the main event itself.

Lasagna is the greatest way to eat Thanksgiving leftovers

How’s that for a proclamation? But hear us out. Over time, the traditional Thanksgiving menu has evolved to include dishes that go well together. Or perhaps our palates have evolved to enjoy the food that’s traditionally served together. It’s your typical chicken or the egg scenario.

But even if you’re the type of person who doesn’t like their food touching on the plate, Thanksgiving is the exception. Cranberry sauce with that turkey? Oh, yes. A bite of mashed potatoes with a bit of green casserole? Yes, please.

Come Friday, we’re trying to figure out a way to relive the glory of that meal all over again — just without the effort. With that in mind, we present this Thanksgiving leftover lasagna. Consider it an invitation to let your leftovers get a little handsy all in one dish.

How to fill your lasagna with leftovers


This lasagna relies on Thanksgiving leftovers but has flexibility on everything except the gravy and ricotta mixture. Here are some suggested filling substitutes for those included in the recipe below.

Cranberry sauce: No sauce? No problem — just skip it in the ricotta mixture.

Turkey: I’ve filled this lasagna with both the bacon-wrapped turkey and the upside-down turkey. You can substitute all or part of the turkey called for here with cooked ham. Cooked bulk sausage also plays well with these other leftovers.

Potatoes: All potatoes are welcome here. Sweet potatoes certainly lend a lot of color and flavor, but mashed potatoes and mashed cauliflower work well here too. If Thanksgiving left you without potato leftovers, you can roast whole sweet potatoes or cubed butternut squash and use those in their place.


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