Thanksgiving Leftover Macaroni & Cheese

Nov 25, 2011 4:31 pm

Mac and cheese, starring Thanksgiving leftovers

Baking turkey mac and cheese gives it a crispy crust
Baking turkey mac and cheese gives it a crispy crust

Sometimes the most logical thing to do with leftovers is make macaroni and cheese around them. If you think this way, we're going to get along just fine. NYC Delicatessen chef Michael Ferraro takes leftover-repurposing to a whole new level. Because what was your Thanksgiving dinner missing? Nothing? Really? How about copious amounts of melted cheese. 

The day after Thanksgiving is no time to be calorie-conscious. You need your strength for Black Friday (take a drink)

Servings: 4


1 pound cooked elbow macaroni
1 pound shredded turkey meat
3 cups medium sized sweet potatoes, diced then cooked in salt water until tender
1 cup cooked peas
1/2 chopped onion
5 sage leaves, minced
2 garlic cloves minced
1/2 cup cranberry relish
1 1/2 quart milk
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
4 cups grated cheddar cheese
1 cup mascarpone cheese
1 cup grated fontina cheese
  1. In a large pot add butter, onion, sage and garlic and sauté for 5 minutes. 
  2. Add flour, whisk and cook for another 5 minutes.
  3. Add milk and continue to whisk till milk comes to a boil and thickens. 
  4. Whisk in the mascarpone, fontina and one cup of the cheddar cheese.
  5. Once cheese in melted and sauce is smooth, fold in the turkey meat, sweet potatoes, peas and pasta.
  6. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Transfer to a baking dish, cover with remaining cheddar cheese and bake at 350F for 20 minutes until browned on top.
  8. Serve with a tablespoon of cranberry sauce.


Level of Difficulty: 
Prep Time: 
20 minutes
Cooking Time: 
40 minutes
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