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Friday Poll: What makes the best day-after leftover?

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It’s the day after Thanksgiving and some of us are both bloated and trying to figure out how to clean out the fridge.

The King Drinks, or Family Meal on the Feast of Epiphany. Artist: Jordaens, Jacob (1593-1678)
That’s me on the far right.
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It’s the day after Thanksgiving for those of us in the US, and that means just one thing: it’s time to lie around for a few hours, get up for a very slow walk, and generally try to fight off the bloating that comes from eating way too much food at once yesterday.

Because my current thoughts are almost entirely focused on the cinder block that’s currently resting in my gut and not on Fiorentina, my mind’s pointed pretty much in a single direction, and I’d like to get your opinions on a topic that has been the source of much debate in my family for generations. To whit: What is the best meal you can make out of leftovers?

My father is firmly of the opinion that a day-after-Thanksgiving turkey sandwich with dark meat, cornbread stuffing, and cranberry sauce on a buttermilk biscuit is the pinnacle of the genre. I’m strongly in the camp of re-warmed stuffing with a fried egg on top. Other opinions I’ve heard have ranged to macaroni and cheese with a fried egg and ham; mashed potatoes with gravy, turkey, and whatever else you want mixed in and microwaved; a slice of every remaining pie eaten cold; and a glass of red wine and an aspirin.

No actual poll this time around, but more a question about leftovers. What’s the best way to eat the leftovers from a feast? This can be Thanksgiving in the US (or elsewhere) or any other holiday. Mostly, I want to know how to get through all the food in my refrigerator and I welcome any suggestions. Have at it.