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Thanksgiving leftovers reinvented

Loreto October 10, 2017

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Thanksgiving leftovers reinvented, is a way to use up all those wonderful bits and pieces of the feast, and releasing your creative spirit to put together this lovely dish!

Song of the day: “Thank you” by Alanis Morissette.

Thanksgiving leftover reinvented

Thanksgiving Leftovers Reinvented, is a compilation of the turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, and to spark some color, a cranberry chutney. This is harvest comfort food with a touch of elegance and a whole lot of delicious flavors!



Thanksgiving is always a time of reflection and summary for me. I look at the year and ask myself, have I been gracious enough? Do I show my gratitude? And also, am I grateful to myself for things that I have done or chose not to do? These are all important questions to me. I remember in my early thirties allowing myself time to find who Loreto is. It was a time of discovery, mourning, a time where I met some very influential people that shaped me into the man I am today and taught me to be grateful every day not only in the festive moments but in every moment. That is why when you read my responses to comments I always say thank you because I am so appreciative that someone took the time to experience our creativity and thoughts. For me, Thanksgiving is not only about the dinner, the food. It is about people getting together and share in the experience of gratitude, remind ourselves what is important, and let go of grievances so that our passion to give comes to the forefront, and for a brief moment the world  can experience the butterfly effect of that love, even though it was only  Thanksgiving in Canada. Okay, enough sentimentalism, let’s get to this lovely Thanksgiving Leftovers Reinvented!

Thanksgiving leftover reinvented

One thing we know for sure or maybe 99.9 percent sure is there are always leftovers after the festive Thanksgiving meal. For a week after we are given beautiful creative ways to enjoy the different dishes in new delicious ways. This year I wanted to share a vision I had days before we even had the meal. I kept seeing this elegant plate presented in such a wonderful manner utilizing what was left over after the feast, and I don’t know about you but in our family it is truly a feast with 10 or so dishes. I imagine it is the same everywhere as people are so giving to want everyone to enjoy so many things in so many ways. A true experience of abundance. So with that being said, I created the vision that came to me and here it is Thanksgiving Leftovers Reinvented.

Go get all those wonderful feast items and create Thanksgiving Leftovers Reinvented with me!

This dish is really easy, get some of the leftover potatoes, stuffing, turkey, gravy, and for color the cranberry sauce or as I have done a cranberry chutney, oh and don’t forget the fresh sage leaves and parsley for garnishing. We want those Fall colors to shine through in this creation. I kept seeing the mashed potatoes in a nice patty form. To do that I used a cookie cutter about 2 1/2 inches in diameter. I stuffed the mashed potatoes in there then place it in a saute pan. Just when I saw the bottom start to crisp up, I released it from the cutter. Then flipped it over. It looked so beautiful all crisp and golden. A perfect foundation for the elevation of the ingredients to come. The stuffing I warmed up in a saute pan also to get it nice and warm and with the pan still hot tossed in some turkey that I diced. I used both white and dark meat as I love both. You can use whatever one you want. As you can see, I wanted to build a somewhat tower of flavor and not cover up any ingredient. To the top a nice spoonful of rich gravy watching it as it cascades to wherever it finds a path. The finishing touch, some fresh chopped parsley. I wanted to have just a pop of color so I made up a cranberry chutney. Simple, just saute some cipolline, throw in golden raisins, and nice vibrant cranberries and cook it down. I didn’t cook it down too much as I  wanted to have a textural element leaving some cranberries and raisins whole! What is Thanksgiving without a bit of sage so off to the herb garden to pick some fresh leaves and place it on the dish. It finishes this recipe with an elegance that truly makes me feel happy.

Thanksgiving leftover reinvented

I think this looks beautiful, but I may be biased. They say beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.  That vibrant crimson color of the cranberry chutney. It adds just that pop of color needed to enhance the dish. That potato patty and its crispy bits is so enticing and that rich gravy caressing the turkey and stuffing has my fork in motion and the first bite begins.

The dichotomy of texture is wonderful. Both the stuffing and potatoes have that wonderful crispy edge that gives us beautiful caramelized flavors and the subtleness of the spices of sage, rosemary, and thyme. The turkey bathed in that rich gravy and a touch of the cranberry chutney has my taste buds dancing in delight. All round delicious flavors and surprising texture leave you feeling comforted and spoiled, which is not a bad thing sometimes.

If you are feeling creative and adventurous, get that turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, and cranberries and create Thanksgiving Leftovers Reinvented! The great thing is that everyone’s dish will have a personalized flavor representing their special recipes for this festive time.


Song of the day: “Thank you” Alanis Morissette.

Thanksgiving leftover reinvented

Thanksgiving leftovers reinvented

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes



  • 1 cup mashed potatoes
  • 1 cup stuffing
  • 1 cup diced turkey (white and dark meat)
  • 1/2 cup turkey gravy
  • 2 Tbsp evo oil

Cranberry Chutney:

  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 small cipolline (onion) chopped fine
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp grapeseed oil
  • 1 Tsp sesame oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • dash of cinamon
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/8 cup maple syrup
  • splash of white wine


Cranberry Chutney:

  1. In a small sauce pan drizzle in grapeseed oil and sesame oil.
  2. Toss in cipolline and saute on medium heat till softened, about 2 minutes.
  3. Season with a bit of salt and pepper and a sprinkling of sugar.
  4. Pour in a splash of white wine.
  5. Add in cranberries, lemon juice, and raisins.
  6. Turn heat to low and let mixture simmer for about 15 minutes or untill it begins to break apart, but leaving some of the cranberries still intact.
  7. Add in a few more raisins.
  8. Stir and take off heat, set aside.

Potato patty:

  1. Take a 2 1/2 inch by 1 inch in depth cookie cutter.
  2. Fill with mashed potatoes.
  3. Press firmly.
  4. In a saute pan on medium to high heat drizzle olive oil.
  5. Slide a spatula under cookie cutter with mashed potatoes and place cutter and potato into hot pan.
  6. Saute for about 2 minutes or until you see bottom edge start to crisp.
  7. Release potato patty from cutter and then with a spatula flip patty over.
  8. Cook for another 2 minutes or untill golden brown then with a spatula again take patty out of pan and place on serving dish.


  1. In another saute pan warm up turkey and stuffing while potato patty is cooking.
  2. Also in a small sauce pan warm up gravy.


  1. Place stuffing partially around potato patty forming a border.
  2. Take some of the diced turkey and place on top of potato patty.
  3. Top with a spoonful of the gravy.
  4. Take some of the cranberry chutney and place next to the potato patty and around a portion of the plate as seen in the picture.
  5. Repeat for the follwing dishes.


  1. Sprinkle some fresh chopped parsley on top.
  2. Place a couple of sage leaves off to the sside.
  3. Ready to serve.
  4. Enjoy!


  • Serving Size: 4 servings
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    Reply Milena Perrine October 10, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    I love the creativity here! If words spreads on your skills turning leftovers into magical new dishes you might find ourselves hosting Thanksgiving dinner parties with stay overs:) Great job guys!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto October 11, 2017 at 8:51 am

      Hi Milena, lol actually not a bad idea stayovers. I would love that. Cooking for me is all about giving and from the heart especially, so what better way to spread the love than serving a wonderful dinner one night and turning the leftovers into something beautiful that you will share the next day!
      Thank you so much for commenting, it means alot!
      Have a great week!

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    Reply Beyond the Chicken Coop October 10, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    We also have leftovers after our Thanksgiving dinner. Sometimes I think I love the leftovers even more than the dinner itself! i love the way you’ve reinvented a great meal into another wonderful meal! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto October 11, 2017 at 8:54 am

      Thank you Bergetrk, we had a lovely thanksgiving and yes leftovers are the bomb, more flavor, a chance to get more texture out if them, and better yet an opportunity to be creative and create something special.
      Have a wonderful week, and enjoy those leftovers!

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    Reply Gabby Peyton October 13, 2017 at 7:16 am

    What an amazing idea!! I loveeeee potato pancakes and this is right in the wheelhouse! I always hated the hash my mom would throw together after thanksgiving so I am definitely going to try this!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto October 13, 2017 at 12:32 pm

      Hi Gabby, I love using or better yet frying up some day old mashed potato formed into a patty. It crisps up well and takes on such a wonderful browning flavor. The use of a cookie ring comes in real handy in the first stages of frying. Accompany that with all the other elements, and we have a wonderful plate of leftovers very mindfully placed on the plate with nothing but utter gratitude going in! I can’t wait for you to try this.
      Hasve fun and Happy Cooking!

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    Reply Dana Sandonato October 13, 2017 at 8:58 am

    This is such a cool way to use up leftovers! All my life, post-Thanksgiving fridge raiding has been a magical experience. I’m counting the days until I get to do it this year here in the US 🙂

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto October 13, 2017 at 11:27 am

      Thank you Dana. I remember being invited to friends houses and they would say there is nothing in the fridge and I am hungry. In no time I was raiding the fridge and pantry and would create something from a so called nothing. I love doing that. It is kind of like being a foodie magician, should take it to Vegas. I can’t wait for you to try this. The flavors together were unreal and I believe it looked quite beautiful but I am biased. Thank you so much for your wonderful comment.
      Have a great week end!

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    Reply thebakingskillet October 13, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    I had a ton of leftovers and just finished them yesterday 😀 This is such a great way to use them all up ! Love that you served it with the cranberry sauce..

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto October 13, 2017 at 12:55 pm

      Thank you. I think in order not to waste food we have to become quite creative in how we present all those foods the next day. This dish was so much fun and as I said in the post I had invisioned it in my mind and so had a desire to bring that vision to life. So glad I did, and it was uber delicious. The cranberry compote was just that pop of flavor to liven all the different components and brighten the Autumn looking dish!. Thanks again for stopping by and taking the time to comment!
      Have a wonderful Friday and Heres to leftovers!
      Loreto out!

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    Reply Food Meanderings October 14, 2017 at 9:34 am

    This looks like a simple, elegant and delicious way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers. I am all for reinventing leftovers, especially when it means that warm, comforting turkey dinner never ends (that’s how I see this dish) ! I need to give this one a try 🙂

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto October 14, 2017 at 10:09 am

      Thank you, don’t you just love creativity, and funny how days after we are craving that thanksgiving meal. I hope you enjoy this one it was fun to create even better to eat. Try the cranberry chutney is was perfect in balancing the flavors of this dish!
      Happy weekend to you!

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    Reply Breakfast for Dinner October 14, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    If only I’d read your post before I hosted my Friendsgiving dinner three weeks ago 😉 Love the creative ideas here!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto October 16, 2017 at 4:57 am

      Thank you no worries there is always a next time, creativity is such a wonderful thing and when applied to cooking even better!
      Thanks for taking the time to comment and glad you enjoyed this one.
      Happy Monday to you!

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