So, it's the day after Thanksgiving. Your fridge is stuffed with leftover filled Tupperware, foil covered platters, and just thinking about eating all of it over and over and over again is unamusing. This feeling is what I call Leftoverphobia.
fear of having too many leftovers and overwhelmed by the obligation to eat everything!
This is something I've struggled with for many years. But with some outside the box creativity and shift in mindset I've been able to find ways to make leftovers approchable, exciting, and non-wasteful. The day after Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be the same old boring repeat of yesterday’s meal — those leftovers are perfect for creating a comforting, crazy simple and absolutely delicious mash up meal. I teamed up with Morton Salt to create this Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole, made of all the things that could sit in the back of the fridge, go bad, and get tossed…but instead have become a beautiful stack of comfort, flavor, and fun that helps to #EraseFoodWaste! I layered my casserole with Sweet Potato Gratin, Sautéed Greens, Mushroom Stuffing, Gravy, and Mac & Cheese… it’s honestly the most heavenly combo that’ll make you love and celebrate those leftovers! Join me and Morton Salt and make your own leftover mashup to #Erase FoodWaste! Recipe below!
Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole ( a Make it Your Own Recipe )
Sweet Potato Gratin
Cooked Greens (I used spinach!)
Mushroom Gravy (or the gravy you have on hand!)
Mac and Cheese
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 tablespoon fresh thyme
1 tablespoon fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon Morton Fine Sea Salt
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a 8x8-inch casserole dish. In a small bowl, combine all herb breadcrumb ingredients till incorporated. Sent aside.
Place one layer of sweet potato gratin at the base of your casserole dish, following with a layer of cooked greens. Cover the greens with 1/2-3/4 cup of gravy, add a layer of stuffing and top with more gravy. Place another layer of greens on top, and add another layer of gratin. Finally, top with a layer of Mac and cheese. Sprinkle prepared breadcrumb mix on top of the Mac and cheese — distributing evenly across the surface.
Place in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the top is golden brown. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes and slice + serve. Enjoy and remember to be salty, get creative, and take action on food waste!