For the kind of leftovers that will actually go bad in the fridge and are “not just bones which you can’t eat,” the sandwich is the most versatile weapon in a dad’s culinary arsenal.
Anything works as a sandwich if you put your mind to it. Cold steak? Put it between bread and you’ve got a steak sandwich. Leftover bits of chicken? Mix that with some mayo, celery, and a dash of mustard and you got a tangy chicken salad sandwich.
And nowhere is the sandwich’s dexterity more on display than the lunch after Thanksgiving. The “Pilgrim” is made by taking your leftover turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and sure, green bean casserole, and jamming it between two sturdy pieces of bread. You don’t even need to reheat it. 90% of dads have prepared a post-Thanksgiving Pilgrim sandwich, and 110% of those dads have done an impression of John Wayne saying Pillll-grum while making it.