How to Reheat Your Thanksgiving Leftovers So They Taste Just As Good As Day One
The best part of hosting Thanksgiving? Leftovers for days! Here's how to reheat Thanksgiving leftovers to optimize taste, texture and temperature.
The trick to keeping turkey moist and tender? Add a dash of liquid—gravy, chicken stock, butter or even water in a pinch. Covering the turkey also keeps it moist.
To reheat turkey in the oven: heat sliced turkey with a dash of gravy in a covered dish at 350º for about 30 minutes.
You can also microwave sliced turkey: heat, covered, on low or medium heat.
If you reheat gravy hastily, it can separate. Instead, spoon the gravy into a cool skillet. It’s likely solidified into a jelly overnight; that’s fine, it’ll loosen as it heats up. Put the pan over low heat, and stir frequently until the gravy comes to a simmer. Whisk vigorously as it simmers, which will help emulsify a separated gravy.
How to heat dinner rolls so they’re still fluffy? Pop ’em in the oven! Arrange rolls on a baking sheet or in a casserole dish and heat in a 350º oven until warm, about 7-10 minutes. Bonus points if you perk up the flavor by brushing the tops of the rolls with melted butter and sprinkling with salt.
Mashed potatoes are easy to reheat! Scoop the potatoes onto a microwave safe dish, add a dollop of cream and heat on half power for a few minutes. (Heating low and slow will distribute heat more evenly than high heat.)
You can also heat them on the stovetop: simply stir cream into potatoes and heat over low.
Green Bean Casserole
To preserve the delightful combination of creamy green beans and crunchy topping, it’s best to reheat green bean casserole in the oven. (Heating in the microwave works in a pinch, but you’ll probably lose the crunch.) Cover the casserole dish with foil to prevent the topping from burning. Heat for about 20-30 minutes at 350º.
Cranberry sauce is resilient! Pop it into the microwave, but stir midway through to ensure that it’s heating evenly. You can also reheat cranberry sauce on the stovetop over low heat.
Sweet Potato Casserole
Leftover sweet potatoes are rarely a problem at my house, but if you’re lucky enough to have ’em, pop them into a 300º oven. Cover with foil to prevent the toppings from browning too much. Heat for about 15 minutes, until hot. You may microwave sweet potatoes, but expect the topping to soften (or the marshmallows to melt).
Whether you made Brussels sprouts, cauliflower or beets, roasted vegetables reheat well for an encore side dish. Don’t microwave roasted veggies: it’ll only soften the crispy exterior. Instead, pop in a 450º oven for 5-10 minutes to heat through. Drizzle with olive oil first to add flavor and extra crunch.