Since most of your actual Turkey Day is spent watching NFL teams defend their turf while you defend your life choices, scope some deliciously easy recipes you can whip up in peace and quiet using glorious, non-judgmental leftovers.
Turkey Shepherd's Pie
From Marc Murphy, Ditch Plains
An autumnal take on one of the comfort-iest of foods, this sloppy combination of turkey, gravy, and stuffing gets topped with a requisite mound of cheesy mashed potatoes, though in fairness to Dee Dee Sharp, The Watusi doesn't exactly exude class either.
Shepherd some people over and show them your skills by following these directions
Bourbon Pecan Pumpkin Pie Milkshake
From Elizabeth Karmel, Hill Country Chicken
Even if your mom can't imagine that her pie didn't get totally eaten, this boozy gut-buster combines leftover pumpkin and pecan slices with ice cream and bourbon, so you can cure your own shakes by drinking one.
Eat and drink at the same time thanks to this recipe
Turkey Alambre Tacos
From Julian Medina, Yerba Buena
Set off some fireworks for your taste buds by heading South of the border
on I-95, buying fireworks, and literally setting them off in your mouth with this simple-yet-spicy recipe, which wraps up leftover turkey, bacon, jalapeno, and fixin's in warm flour tortillas.
Wrap up the holiday with these instructions