If you’re still hanging out with friends and family long after the Thanksgiving feast wraps up, everyone’s bound to be ready for another round of eats. With a fridge full of leftovers, using up the remains and making any late-night food prep easier at the same time are sure to be two top priorities. But there’s no need to settle for a simple turkey sando. With these 15 recipes, you’ll be whipping up waffled creations, multilayer sandwiches and even a few pumpkin-free sweets in no time. Your guests will swoon and go home with great memories and full bellies, all without you ever breaking a sweat.
2. Potato Croquettes: You’ll want to make sure you save some mash to make these croquettes. Coated in a crispy breadcrumb crust then deep fried, textural contrast is packed into every bite. (via Martha Stewart)
5. Mashed Potato, Cheddar and Chive Waffles: Get your waffle iron out. You definitely won’t want to miss out on these plain ol’ mashed potatoes doctored up with cheese, chives and a few other enhancements. (via Joy the Baker)
8. Turkey, Avocado, Cranberry, Brie + Mashed Potato Waffle Melts: There are so many different filling options here that a DIY assembly setup is definitely encouraged. (via Half Baked Harvest)
10. Leftover Poultry and Power Greens Risotto: Risotto may seem like too much work for late-night eats, but if everyone gives the pot a stir, you’ll be digging into a creamy bowlful of carbs without lifting all 10 fingers. (via A Sage Amalgam)
12. Stuffing Waffles: Breathe new life into your stuffing by sticking it in a waffle iron. Crisp on the outside, soft and steamy in the middle, simply finish it all off with a drizzle of gravy and enjoy. (via Serious Eats)
13. Leftover Dough Apple Galette: It couldn’t be easier to transform pie dough scraps into a rustic galette. Your pastry may be small in size, but the caramel-apple topping creates a full-flavored treat. (via The Pancake Princess)
14. Cranberry Sauce Brownies: Whole berry cranberry sauce adds both moisture and the occasional burst of tart flavor to these rich chocolate brownies. Too stuffed to go HAM in the kitchen post-dinner? Whip these up with a boxed mix — we won’t tell if you let us lick the spoon! (via Confections of a Foodie Bride)
What’s your favorite way to fuel up and keep the Thanksgiving festivities going? Let’s share our best recipes for late-night eats below!