Full Hearts & Bellies

Special Edition | November 12, 2020

Chef Selz Delicious Day After Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes 

Gather friends and family for a much-needed North Shore Thanksgiving getaway – and leave the cooking to us! We’ll carve the turkey and whip up all the mouthwatering sides, so you can simply savor time with loved ones. All you’ll need to bring is an appetite!

Thanksgiving at Odyssey Resorts

Slow-roasted turkey breast with gravy, dressing, cranberry sauce, & dinner rolls.
French onion mashed potatoes
Maple pecan sweet potato
Holiday green beans
Pumpkin or strawberry-rhubarb pie
Eggnog buttered rum bread pudding
Vanilla cheesecake
Flourless chocolate cake

When you book your stay, be sure to make a dinner reservation on our website. Takeout is available too - call and place your order ahead of time!

This past week our 2.5 mile hike of the Divide Lake loop in Isabella brought us many wonders. We started with a greeting from a grouse and plucky pileated woodpecker. The grouse pranced around the park entrance while the woodpecker jabbed for a snack in a birch tree. The ground showed heave spots redolent with icicles pushed up from a mysterious underground world—a sure sign of the coming winter.

The thirty-degree temperature kept our temperature regulated as we wound around the lake, trekking through hills and valleys on frozen moss-covered trails. On our hike, we saw not another soul save an agitated red squirrel and occasional snow bunting.

After spending a few hours outside, we looked forward to something warm and nourishing to bring our body temperature back up and re-energize ourselves. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we talked about a meal idea for that day and what might be leftover. The best part of Turkey Day is the day-after-Thanksgiving leftovers. It’s like a second holiday, and fuel before Black Friday shopping—or recovery afterward.
But instead of just heating up a plate of turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, and various casseroles, try one of these Thanksgiving leftovers recipes. Something more than just turkey sandwiches.

Potato Croquettes

Try these crispy delicious fried delights after your shopping excursion.


2 yolks
2 c. cold mashed potato
½ C. grated parmesan
2 T. chives chopped
1 T. flour
4 eggs
2 C. bread crumbs
2 C. vegetable oil for frying


Mix yolks, mashed, parmesan, chives, and flour in a bowl.
Roll into walnut-sized balls and chill two hours.
Heat oil.
Dip potato into the whipped egg and then coat in breadcrumbs.
Brown in oil until crisp, 3-4 minutes.
Serve with Gravy mayo.

Cranberry Rum Cocktail

You can wash down the croquettes with this refreshing cocktail


2 T. cranberry sauce
2 oz bourbon
4 oz ginger beer
1 lemon wedge.


Place cranberry sauce in a rocks glass.
Add the bourbon.
Add ice and top with ginger beer.
Squeeze lemon into drink and stir.
Bottoms up!

Stuffing Croutons

Great with soups, salads or just a snack


This one is so simple. Cut or tear your leftover stuffing into random sized pieces from ½” to 2”.  Spread on a baking sheet and bake in 350º oven turning every 3-5 minutes.  You can remove pieces as they brown and crisp, or leave all the stuffing in until some are fully crisped and some are crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside.

Turkey Pita Pocket

Skip a traditional leftover sandwich for a souped up version. 


2 oz leftover turkey shredded
½ C. Spinach leaves
½ small red onion sliced thin
1 small carrot peeled and cut into matchsticks
4 radishes trimmed and thinly sliced.
1 C. assorted fresh herbs such as mint, parsley, basil or dill.
½ C yogurt with 2 T. sriracha
2 pita warmed


Combine all ingredients except yogurt sauce and mix.
Toss in yogurt and gently combine.
Stuff into warmed pitas and enjoy!

Stuffing Breaded Turkey Tenders

Need we say more?


1 # boneless turkey skin removed.
1 egg, beaten
1 C. buttermilk


Grind your stuffing croutons in a food processor.
Combine eggs and buttermilk.
Slice turkey into strips and dip in buttermilk mixture.
Coat in stuffing breadcrumbs and toast in 350º oven for 10-15 minutes until heated through, or shallow fry in ¾” of oil in a high sided fry pan.

Gravy Mayo

This gravy mayo will kick up all your leftover sandwiches. It is also a delicious dip.


½ C. mayo
2 T. white miso
1 T. fresh lemon juice
1 C. chilled leftover gravy
2 T. chopped chives
1 T. chopped thyme
Kosher salt and pepper


Whisky mayo, miso, and lemon juice in a medium bowl until smooth.
Add gravy and whisk until smooth.
Add chives and thyme.
Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.

Warm Up with a Cozy Cocktail
As the blustery November winds usher in more wintery weather, warm cocktails are the perfect way to fend off the chill. Why not embrace the winter months with your toes by the fire and a cozy cocktail in hand?

One 4-inch sprig rosemary
1 cinnamon stick
1 bay leaf
8 black peppercorns
two (2-inch long) strips of orange zest
32 oz. fresh-pressed apple cider
6 oz. Cedar gin or Temperance River Rye whiskey

Combine the cider with the herbs and spices and heat gently until steaming but not bubbling. Simmer for 15-20 minutes to let the flavors infuse. Remove from heat and stir in the Cedar gin or rye whiskey (if desired) before serving.

Or just go to the source
To sample the real deal, we recommend a visit to Vikre Distillery's outdoor winter bar during your next North Shore vacation.

Epic Waves in November

Breathtaking Beauty
Experience Mother Nature’s beauty and power first-hand with Odyssey Resorts! With wave season upon us, there’s no better time to take the plunge and book a front-row seat to all the action.

Epic Waves Video Contest
Show off your most impressive videos of Lake Superior’s powerful waves crashing ashore now through Dec. 20, for a chance to win a $100 Odyssey Resorts gift card! 
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