Thanksgiving Leftover Gameday Sliders are a great way to use Thanksgiving leftovers in one simple sandwich. These sliders are perfect for lounging in front of the television after a long day of cooking.
Thanksgiving isn’t here yet, but it will be here before you know it. John and I have already started talking about what kinds of foods we’d like to make and what dessert we’ll have. Most years, we end up making more food than our family can eat in one day.
Unfortunately, it seems like part of the Thanksgiving tradition. You enjoy a hot meal with family complete with turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, dinner rolls, and don’t forget the pumpkin pie, but it’s always too much food. Many families, ours included, spend hours in the kitchen cooking all day, and in the end, much of the food goes into the refrigerator for later.
Don’t get me wrong; this isn’t a bad thing. Unless you’re like us and one or two containers of leftovers gets pushed all the way to that dark corner of the fridge and forgotten. Every year we vow not to waste any food, and every year something is overlooked. Most often it is the stuffing or the cranberry sauce and occasionally, the mashed potatoes.
This year, I decided to be proactive. There has to be a way to eat all the leftovers without losing track of one of them. That’s why this year we’ll be making Thanksgiving Leftover Gameday Sliders.
Let me explain my thoughts behind these cute little sandwiches.
Making these sliders is the perfect way to use all of the Thanksgiving leftovers, including dinner rolls, so nothing goes to waste. Plus, Thanksgiving afternoon and the day after are huge days for football games. These sliders are perfect to eat as you lounge around and watch the games while still enjoying leftovers. Clean-up is a cinch, and the cook of the house will appreciate not having to make another meal. All the sandwiches are made with prepared food, so all you have to do is reheat and eat!
There are a couple of different ways to assemble the sliders. One way is to heat all the components separately then build the sliders. We used this method, and it worked well.
An alternative option is to lay the bottom of the dinner rolls in a baking dish and layer the cold leftovers on top. Place the baking dish in a preheated oven (350 degrees) just long enough to warm all the ingredients. Add the top of the dinner rolls, and place the sliders back in the oven for 2-3 more minutes. You need to keep an eye on the sandwiches if you use the oven method, because the rolls and leftovers may dry out.
Cranberry sauce may be added cold or room temperature.
If you decide to try this recipe, leave a comment and let me know what you think! 🙂
- Dinner rolls
- Thanksgiving leftovers turkey, ham, stuffing, dressing, gravy, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, etc.
- Any other Thanksgiving leftover of your choice
Reheat leftovers separately and assemble sliders.
Add cranberry sauce cold or room temperature. It does not need to be heated. (We used our Orange Cranberry Sauce and strained out the large pieces.)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place the bottom of the dinner rolls in a baking dish and top with leftovers.
Put the sliders into preheated oven just until ingredients are hot (about 10 minutes)
Add the top of the dinner rolls and place back in oven for additional 2-3 minutes.
Add cranberry sauce last since it does not need to be heated.
*Calories and servings are approximate and depend on the ingredients used to make the sandwich and the number of sliders made.