I tried that weird Thanksgiving leftovers cake and it actually worked!

November 21 | bijouxandbits  
Photos by: Catherine Clark
I tried that weird Thanksgiving leftovers cake and it actually worked!
Photos and recipe by Catherine Clark on Bijoux & Bits

Have you seen that weird mashup of Thanksgiving food that Chow made into a big cake?

I decided to see if it lived up to the hype in an adapted (and maybe more palatable?) mini version of the Thanksgiving leftovers cake.

The most surprising part? It actually worked AND it was tasty. Plus, it's just weird and that makes it even better. Weird Thanksgiving > normal Thanksgiving, imo.

I tried that weird Thanksgiving leftovers cake and it actually worked!

The concept is to take whatever leftovers you have, smoosh them into layers (I used ramekins to help them keep their shape), and assemble them with a mashed potato "frosting" so that it looks like a cake. Or, you know, kinda. This was my first attempt at using mashies as a frosting, outside of on top of shepherd's pie, and it wasn't too hard at all.

I tried that weird Thanksgiving leftovers cake and it actually worked!

I omitted one of the more controversial layers in Chow's version: the cranberry sauce layer. I added cranberries in the stuffing itself using an adapted version of this recipe for cranberry cornbread stuffing. But hey, you do you and add in tons of cranberries if you like 'em!

I tried that weird Thanksgiving leftovers cake and it actually worked!

Here’s what I used to make it:

  • Stuffing of your choice (maybe this cranberry cornbread or apple bacon brioche? Hell, Stovetop's also rad)
  • Mashed potato recipe of your choice (regular mash or maybe cauli mash?)
  • Mashed sweet potato or squash
  • Optional: mini marshmallows if your sweet potatoes are sweet or gravy if they’re savory

You can see the full instructions to assemble the cake here.

How will you be using your Thanksgiving leftovers, if you celebrate?

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