Enjoying Thanksgiving Dinner…A Second Time Around

Thanksgiving is special. Catching up with friends and family while feasting on plate after plate of delicious food — there are few things in life that can top that. Sure, Thanksgiving has it’s quirks. I mean, pretending to be engrossed in the football game to avoid inquisitive relatives who know someone who knows someone whose cousin is single isn’t something only I have to deal with, right?

But, if Thanksgiving dinner is the crème de la crème of family get-togethers, then the cherry on top is the leftovers.

From cranberries on morning oatmeal, to sandwiches smeared with mashed potatoes, is there any meal after Thanksgiving that doesn’t get the leftover treatment? This year, take your Thanksgiving leftover enjoyment to the next level with some of these quick and easy recipes.

And from all of us at ExploreUSA Supercenter, have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your family.


Potato Waffles

Serves: 4


Potato Waffles
Photo via AllRecipes, SuperWifey

2 tablespoons butter

1 onion, chopped

1 tablespoon minced garlic

2 cups mashed potato

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

2 eggs

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper


Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir in onion and garlic until tender, about 5 to 7 minutes. Preheat a waffle iron. Combine onion mixture, mashed potatoes, flour, eggs, salt, and black pepper in a large bowl until well blended. Scoop 1/4 to 1/2 cup batter into the center and close lid. Cook until golden brown, about 3 to 5 minutes.


Thanksgiving Leftover Wontons

Servings: 10


3/4 lemon juice

1 cup dried cranberries

Photo via AllRecipes, JennyJenn
Photo via AllRecipes, JennyJenn

1 1/2 cup shredded cooked turkey

1 cup prepared stuffing

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup gravy

1 (14 ounce) package of wontons

Salt to taste

3 cups canola oil for frying

2 tablespoons minced onion

1 tablespoon lime juice

1 teaspoon seeded and minced jalapeno pepper

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon water


Pour the lemon juice over the dried cranberries in a bowl; set aside. Mix the turkey, stuffing, cream cheese, and turkey gravy in a separate bowl until thoroughly combined. Place a wonton wrapper on a work surface; spoon about 1 tablespoon of the filling in the center of the wrapper. Moisten two opposite edges of the wrapper with a finger dipped in water, fold the wrapper in half the long way, and press the edges together with a fork. Sprinkle the wrapper with salt. Repeat with remaining filling and wrappers. Heat the canola oil in a large, deep skillet over medium heat; pan-fry the filled wontons in batches until crisp and golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Drain the fried wontons on paper towels; allow to cool for about 5 minutes to set the filling. Drain the lemon juice from the dried cranberries. Place cranberries into a food processor; pulse several times until the cranberries are finely chopped. Transfer to a bowl and mix in the onion, lime juice, jalapeno pepper, garlic, and water. Serve with the hot fried wontons.


Holiday Leftover Sweet Potato Cake

Serves: 15


Photo via AllRecipes, MLYIN
Photo via AllRecipes, MLYIN

3/4 cup vegetable oil

3 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups cooked, mashed sweet potatoes

2 cups all-purpose flour

3 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 cup beer


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9×13 inch baking dish. Stir together the sugar and vegetable oil in a large bowl until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla and sweet potatoes. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a separate bowl; stir into the batter 1 cup at a time, alternating with the beer just until everything comes together. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan. Bake for 35 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a knife inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting or serving.

Easy to prepare dishes that are perfect for smaller kitchen spaces, this recipes are practically made for RV living. If enjoying Thanksgiving leftovers on the road sounds like your idea of a perfect holiday, then visit one of our eight locations today to take a look at our newest arrivals!

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