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After Thanksgiving dinner, turkey can be incorporated into a new meal.

When it comes to Thanksgiving, the turkeys aren’t the only ones who gobble. A table full of delicious food just comes with the territory and that satisfied feeling as friends and family indulge in tasty dinner dishes can’t be beat. Then, for the rest of the day their fingers prowl the counters for leftovers as they relax and watch football.

Oh the contented pleasure.

However, after the stuffing has cooled and everyone has gone home, the fridge always seems to be bloated with plastic containers full of the bits that didn’t make it to anyone’s tummy. As much as we love Thanksgiving dinner, no one wants to eat that same meal over and over again. What can you do with those holiday leftovers so they will fill the family stomachs and not the family garbage can?

One of our favorite post-turkey dinner feasts is a scrumptious casserole that my sister-in law created. It combines all the highlights of a Thanksgiving meal into one tasty dish. The best part about this recipe is that is freezes beautifully, so if you want to set it aside until your turkey and stuffing overload has subsided, you can do it painlessly.

Here's how you make it:

Layer your surplus stuffing over the bottom of a 13 by 9-inch pan. Next add a layer of turkey that you have shredded into small pieces. You can spread on a thin layer of mashed potatoes if you have them, or you can go without.

In a small bowl, mix together 1 can of cream of mushroom soup with 1 cup of sour cream. Smear the sour cream mixture over the casserole. Crush a package of Town House or Ritz crackers and mix that with 2-3 tablespoons of melted butter. Sprinkle the cracker mix on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 25–30 minutes.

If freezing, do not sprinkle the crackers on top yet. Cover the rest of the casserole with plastic wrap and then tinfoil before putting it in the freezer. It is a good idea to freeze the concoction with a package of crackers so you don’t go to serve it and find you have none. When you are ready to eat the dish, cook it at 350 degrees for 30 minutes then sprinkle with the crushed cracker mix and bake an additional 25–30 minutes.

Thanksgiving remnants don’t have to linger in the fridge like unwelcome guests. With a little bit of creativity, they can grace the table and bring a smile to family faces even after the big day is long gone.

Melissa DeMoux is a stay-at-home mother of six young children who lives in West Valley City, Utah. Her email is mddemoux@gmail.com and she blogs about her adventures in motherhood at demouxfamily.blogspot.com.