real life test kitchen: sweet potato pancakes

And Other Leftover Experiments

As the rest of the holiday season sneaks up on us rapidly (it seems especially so because Thanksgiving was later than normal), I thought I’d share some of the things I did with our leftovers after the big feast. There were only four of us — well, three with teeth — so we had waaaaay too much food. No fears! I found some great things to cook up, my favorite being these sweet potato pancakes that I found on Just reading the ingredients in the recipe, you know it’s gonna be good: pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, dark brown sugar. But don’t worry, these babies weren’t too sweet for breakfast. And with some nuts (we had walnuts, not pecans, handy) and maple syrup, they were pretty blissful.

A couple other things I did:
Turkey Shepard’s Pie — kinda made this one up, loosely based on this idea from Real Simple. I layered shredded roast turkey mixed with gravy, brussel sprouts, peas and carrots and mashed potatoes in a casserole dished and baked at 400 for about 20 minutes. The ultimate comfort food! Another dinner I milked from leftovers was also from Real Simple: Stuffing meatloaf with an orange-mustard glaze. It was great. A real surprise — the glaze makes the dish.

Now…. time to think about Christmas! I’m always torn about to cook. I love turkey so much, but maybe we’ll try something less conventional. What are you doing this year? Share! — Angela M.

From our partners

These look fab! Thanks for sharing.

Our Christmas dinner tradition is a beef brisket slow cooked in the oven inside a foil pouch. It needs very little attention and there is no clean up!


these were SOO good!

i concur. best pancakes i’ve ever had!