Leftovers have been given a bad rap. In an age of meticulous meal planning and pricey meal kits that create perfectly portioned servings, the concept of cold spaghetti on a slice of buttered toast from last night’s dinner is all but lost on this generation of eaters.
Holiday recipes, however, are designed to feed several people gathered to feast. We want these big, indulgent recipes to harken to the purpose of the holiday: to celebrate, to gather and to be thankful for the abundance we are provided. Except, when the holiday falls during a pandemic, how much abundance is too much abundance? Should we still move forward with making a sweet potato casserole that serves eight when there are only two of us, then pick away at the leftovers for the following week until the 13x9 pan is licked clean? Or should we instead learn to adapt our recipes the same way we have adapted in all other corners of our existence and scale back, pare down and focus on the essentials.