Thanksgiving Grazing Table

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This Leftover Thanksgiving Grazing Table is full of all of your favorite gluten free Thanksgiving recipes for an easy way to prevent waste and use up all your holiday leftovers. Create a whole table, or make a smaller holiday charcuterie board instead! 

overhead image of grazing table with cheese, nuts, fruit, and more

Recipes to be Thankful for

As Thanksgiving rolls around, I can’t help but be thankful for all of you and the community we’ve built! Thanks to your support, we’ve been able to create and share hundreds of gluten free recipes to help make everything from holiday parties to weeknight dinners easier for those trying to navigate managing allergies and intolerances, and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon!

So, with Thanksgiving right around the corner, I thought it would be a good idea to share a roundup of my favorite gluten free Thanksgiving recipes that all your guests will love. However, I didn’t stop there! 

Thanksgiving grazing table with an assortment of fruit, dips, cheese, dried meats, and crackers

Sure, anyone can plan a holiday menu, but what happens after the holiday when you’re left with all those half-eaten dishes and casseroles? A common struggle is how to piece together seemingly random foods into a single nourishing meal. Well, look no further, my friends! I have created the solution with this Leftover Thanksgiving Grazing Table. It’s the perfect combination of all your favorite Thanksgiving recipes with the same ease of a Thanksgiving charcuterie board and perfect for snacks or meals. Combine all the ingredients below, Or, choose a few of your favorites for a grazing board that will help you use all your leftovers while keeping you feeling full and satisfied. 

How to Build a Simple Grazing Table with Leftovers

A portion of a thanksgiving grazing table with dried meats and fruit

Creating a grazing table is pretty similar to creating a charcuterie board, just on a larger scale! To help you out, I’ve gathered a few of my best tips to create an Instagram-worthy grazing table below. 

  1. Choose a Base – The first step to creating a grazing table is to first choose the actual table  you will be using. For the best results, I recommend using a long, thin table. 
  2. Mix and Match – For an attractive appearance, use a variety of serving dishes that are different shapes and sizes. Using different bowls and cutlery can help identify specific dietary needs and make it easier to access foods.
  3. Provide Textures – Be sure to include a wide variety of tastes and textures to help balance out your table. 

Grazing Table vs. Charcuterie Board: What’s the Difference? 

a close up image of cheese and dip on a Thanksgiving grazing table

Not surprisingly, many people are often confused about the differences between a grazing board or table and a charcuterie board. So, let’s break it down! 

Grazing Table: Grazing tables are often just a larger version of charcuterie boards. Instead of consisting of just one platter or board, a grazing table is a much larger spread that takes up an entire table. 

Charcuterie Board: Featuring many of the same foods on one platter, charcuterie boards are a small version of grazing tables, often meant for just a few people. 

What to Make with Leftover Pumpkin, Potato, or Flour!

If you’re like me and always end up with leftover ingredients, don’t worry! You don’t have to let those potatoes rot or store a small amount of flour for months on end. Instead, use them up with the simple gluten free recipes below! 

  • Gluten Free Biscuits – This recipe is made with simple ingredients for a fluffy, gluten free biscuit perfect for dipping in gravies, topping with jams, or layering on casseroles! 
  • Almond Flour Pumpkin Bread – This recipe is a balance of sweet and savory flavors for a quick bread everyone loves. 

How to Use Leftover Fruit & Veggies

Don’t throw away those leftover scraps of fruit and veg. Instead, give them a makeover with a few ingredients and spices to create brand new dishes! 

  • Air Fryer Squash – Toss any leftover squash in the air fryer with melted butter or oil, cinnamon, and salt for crispy, bite-sized veggies full of flavor.
  • Maple Baked Pears – These pears are made with a sweet bourbon glaze and homemade whipped cream for a delicious dessert that looks fancy but is actually super easy to make! 
Pro Tip

Pro-Tip: Not in the mood to bake? Slice up leftover pears, and use them to fill in any gaps on your graze board instead! 

  • Citrus and Other Fruit – Oven dry citrus, fig, and more to create delicious dried fruit with spices and coconut sugar. 

How to Use Leftover Meat & Protein Sources

Just because you roasted a whole turkey doesn’t mean you have to eat dry slices of meat for the next week! Instead, use your leftovers in new ways, and arrange a variety of protein sources on your board for guests to mix and match as they please. 

  • Smoked Salmon & Cured Meats – Layer leftover salmon or cured meat slices to help fill in any gaps on your table.
  • Meatballs – Use leftover turkey and spices to create bite-sized meatballs for snacking.
  • Turkey Salad – Make chicken salad sandwiches with turkey by shredding it into pieces!
  • Deviled Eggs – Have leftover eggs? Hard boil them and combine them with chipotle mayo for a gluten free, grain free, low carb snack everyone looks forward to eating.  

How to Use Leftover Snack Items

Chances are, after the holidays, you’re left with an assortment of nuts, seeds, and snack ingredients you don’t typically have lying around your kitchen. Luckily, they make great additions to dips, spreads, and more! 

  • Aioli – Use leftover herbs from your turkey, stuffing, and more to create a delicious homemade aioli sauce,and pair it with artichokes and veggies for dipping!
  • Roasted Pumpkin Seeds – Save the leftover seeds from your pumpkin pie and casseroles, and roast them in the oven for a tasty snack.
  • Gluten Free Crostini – Create a DIY crostini section on your graze table by adding cheese dip to a bowl and layering crackers, fruit, and meat for dipping and layering.
  • Gluten Free Crackers and Cheese – Combine leftover seeds and herbs to make Multiseed Homemade Healthy Crackers and pair them with cheese for a satisfying snack high in healthy fats and protein. 

How to Use Leftover Garnishes & Extras

The easiest way to use up leftover ingredients and garnishes is by adding them as decorative additions to your grazing table or drinks! 

  • Pomegranate Seeds, Clementines, and Cranberries – Sprinkling pomegranate seeds and cranberries throughout your table is a great way to add a festive pop of color! They also make great decor for cocktails and mocktails!
  • Herbs – If you don’t want to add them to a recipe, use any leftover herbs as garnishes for an aesthetic table.
  • Mini Pumpkins and Gourds – Mini or not, if you have leftover decorations or ingredients, add them to your grazing table whole to help create a bit of structure, and layer the rest of the items around them. 
Thanksgiving grazing table with seasonal vegetables, dried fruit, cheese, gluten free crackers, and dried meat

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Leftover Thanksgiving Grazing Table



  • Author:
    Lindsay Cotter

  • Total Time:
    45 minutes

  • Yield:
    1 table

  • Diet:
    Gluten Free

Description

Don’t let those Thanksgiving dishes go to waste! Instead, gather them together to create a Leftover Thanksgiving Grazing Table for an easy way to make mealtimes fun after the holidays.


Ingredients

Bread

Snacks and Dips

Fruit and Veggies:

Meat and Protein

Garnishes and Extras

  • Pomegranate Seeds
  • Cranberries
  • Herbs
  • Mini Pumpkins and Gourds

Instructions

  1. Prep any dishes or extras.
  2. Gather a long table, cutting boards, serving trays, multiple dishes, and small bowls.
  3. Arrange the largest food items on the table first, arranging them on cutting boards, larger serving trays, and dishes.
  4. Next, nestle in the small bowls and fill with dips or snacks such as nuts/seeds.
  5. Finally, fill in any empty spaces with fruit slices, cured meats, cheese, and garnishes.

Notes

Feel free to mix and match these ingredients, and add your own to make this grazing table your own!

Create one large grazing table, or break it down into multiple charcuterie boards.

  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: N/A
  • Category: Main
  • Method: No-Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: grazing table, charcuterie board, thanksgiving, kid-friendly, main, gluten free

I’ve found that using leftover gluten free Thanksgiving ingredients to create brand new recipes is a great way to stay excited about your food! I hope you enjoy these ideas and create your own grazing table. If you do, be sure to share a screenshot in the comments below, and let me know your favorite way to use up leftover Thanksgiving recipes . 

Cheers, 

LC

 

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