Pack all the classics together and pass ‘em around the Thanksgiving table as one dish! Or combine ‘em the day after for a rad re-dress of all the leftovers.
The last thing you want to do the day after Thanksgiving is cook anything that requires effort. Last Thanksgiving I was eight months pregnant, and I think my whole body swelled up after being on my feet cooking all day.
You definitely don't want to let Thanksgiving leftovers go to waste, so the best thing to do is get resourceful and dress up that food as something new and exciting.
This Thanksgiving Lasagna
turns leftovers into a creamy dish of noodles, turkey, mashed potatoes, and green beans.
Or, for you non-traditionalists, this recipe lets you combine all the holiday food faves into a single dish to pass around the Thanksgiving table for the big feast!
Here’s how it’s done:
Start by making your mashed potatoes. If you're lucky enough to have extra just use those, but in our house there aren't usually any left. These Betty Crocker Butter Potatoes are perfect for this.
What's a lasagna without cheese? I used Progresso Recipe Starters Three Cheese Cooking Sauce for the cheesy element in this lasagna.
I believe garlic makes everything better so I added a clove of minced garlic right to the can. Why dirty another bowl?
Pour a little sauce in the bottom of your baking dish.
Layer your lasagna noodles, breaking them to fit if necessary.
Add some dollops of mashed potatoes. Everything kind of melts together when baking so just do your best to make it even.
Add some cooked turkey cut up in chunks.
Sprinkle on some green beans.
Pour on a little cooking sauce.
Repeat all the layers.
Since we don't want the top layers to dry out, add some mashed potatoes to the top.
Pour any remaining cooking sauce over the top.
Sprinkle with some Monterey Jack cheese.
Bake it until it's nice and melted. The result is a creamy lasagna with layers of Thanksgiving goodness.
So when life gives you loads of turkey and mashed potatoes...make lasagna out of it!
More Thanksgiving Yums
When you're looking to shake up your Thanksgiving holiday a bit, try some of these out-of-the-ordinary eats and treats! Great ideas for leftovers, too.Christy joined the Tablespoon team to share her recipes and inspire family food fun. Watch her Tablespoon member profile for great new recipes!