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The Friday 5: Top Jewish Foods From Thanksgiving Leftovers

Thanksgiving is done and Black Friday is upon us along with a fridge full of delicious leftovers. Unfortunately, another glorious meal – Shabbat dinner – is now just a few hours away, while your desire to cook dwindled away sometime … Read More

By / November 23, 2007

Thanksgiving is done and Black Friday is upon us along with a fridge full of delicious leftovers. Unfortunately, another glorious meal – Shabbat dinner – is now just a few hours away, while your desire to cook dwindled away sometime between burning yesterday's green bean casserole and washing gravy off your 25 guests' plates. To help get you back in the mood, here are the Top 5 suggestions for easy, Jewish-inspired leftover goodies.

Leftovers: What leftovers? Little Joshie looked much too thin – that shiksa mother of his doesn't feed him enough. Better he should take home a little of my stuffing than have it – God forbid – sitting on my zaftig hips for years to come.
Turkey Soup with Noodles: Ok, so it isn't exactly bubbe's famous chicken soup recipe. But oy! the extra turkey! Besides, what do noodles know from a little turkey in place of chicken broth?
Mashed Potatoes: There's not much you can do with leftover mashed potatoes – but you wise mamaleh, you thought ahead and bought the ten-pound sack of Yukon gold's at the supermarket knowing that Chanukah (and golden fried latkes) are just two weeks away.
Cranberry Sauce: Canned, fresh – whatever. Just add prunes (ahem, dried plums), apricots, and a little sugar, heat and stir. Easiest tzimmes you ever made. Convincing people to eat it is the tough part.
Pumpkin Pie: Chances are, with Aunt Minnie around, the pumpkin pie disappeared slowly but steadily over the course of Thanksgiving eve. If you're lucky enough to have salvaged a piece from her mouth (or the pieces she stuffed in her purse for later), it makes a better breakfast than even the sweetest babka.
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