Having people over for brunch always sounds like such fun. I imagine waking up when the sun is just rising and doing a bit of yoga while the coffee brews. I’ll then start to whip up a meal: fluffy quiche and popovers, fruit salad of course, and maybe a quick bread or two. I’ll be sticking fresh dahlias in a vase when the doorbell rings at 11 a.m. on the dot and greet my friends with a glass of fizzy punch.
Let me be perfectly clear, by "pizza French toast" I do not, as one might assume, refer to French toast made with pizza flavorings. While I’m sure it would be a lovely morning project to soak a piece of slightly stale, hearty Italian bread in a custard enriched with garlic and oregano and fry it up in olive oil, then top with your favorite pie toppings, and hit it under a broiler, this is not what we are discussing.
Thanksgiving is the feast that keeps on giving. Those leftovers will feed you for days, but that doesn't mean you can't or shouldn't reinvent them. Turn those Thanksgiving leftovers into something better, like a breakfast casserole, fried rice, and even lasagna. Here are some innovative ways to use your leftovers for some great meals and sides.
Sunday night I had the joy of seeing one of my favorite bands (Trashcan Sinatras) play an exquisite live set at one of my favorite venues (Joe's Pub in New York City). When I got home a little bit before midnight, I did what any normal person would do: I started roasting a sweet potato. This wasn't to be a post-concert, pre-bed snack—that's dark chocolate and/or a small splash of Scotch—but rather breakfast for the next morning.