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30 Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes You’ll Love


One factor you may rely on each Friday after Thanksgiving: There shall be leftovers.  For some folks, that’s among the finest components of turkey day.

However even probably the most avid turkey sandwich fanatic will get a bit of uninterested in them after a number of days.

After all, “I’m sick of it” is not any excuse to throw away completely good meals.

So earlier than you’re tempted to toss the stays of your turkey dinner within the trash, try these scrumptious and artistic Thanksgiving leftover recipes.

30 Methods to Repurpose Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

From classics like soup to surprises like nachos, you’re certain to search out one thing to reignite your vacation urge for food.

Though many of those dishes include a couple of conventional Thanksgiving ingredient, we’ve organized them by their important part so you may simply discover a recipe that matches your distinctive Thanksgiving leftover scenario.

That stated, a few of them look so good, you would possibly wish to make Thanksgiving dinner yet again…


The principle occasion can also be the one almost definitely to go away so much behind — regardless of how insistent mother is that every visitor takes some dwelling.

Right here’s find out how to remodel that pile of leftover turkey meat right into a scrumptious new dish.

1. Turkey Salad

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The day after Thanksgiving, a giant, hearty meal may be the very last thing in your thoughts.

Loosen up your menu by making leftover turkey right into a salad — both the creamy, mayo-based form you serve on bread, or the sort with precise lettuce — like a hen salad, however with turkey as a substitute!

This cranberry pecan model from Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen appears to be like beautiful, and Self Proclaimed Foodie’s Krissy substitutes Greek yogurt as a substitute of (or along with!) mayonnaise.

2. Turkey Frittata

What’s eggy, scrumptious and completely acceptable for breakfast, lunch or dinner?

A frittata, in fact!

Jackie at Domestic Fits presents a recipe that’ll dissipate your leftover turkey and rolls in a snap, and Yasmin Fahr suggests dipping her frittata in leftover cranberry sauce blended with a bit of little bit of dijon mustard.

However similar to an omelette, the chances are limitless. Simply crack some eggs and put in your pondering cap. Bonus if you should utilize extra of your vacation leftovers on this dish.

3. Leftover Thanksgiving Nachos

Right here’s a brand new tackle nachos.

Meals Community presents this appetizing tray of leftover Thanksgiving nachos, together with leftover turkey, roasted Brussels sprouts and butternut squash.

It even makes use of up the final of that may of French-fried onions you place in your inexperienced bean casserole.

4. Turkey Tetrazzini

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What’s a greater mate on your leftover turkey than mayonnaise?

Strive a creamy, tacky mushroom sauce — full with spaghetti.

Tetrazzini, a traditional American pasta dish, works nicely with every kind of poultry and fish, and leftover turkey is not any exception. Plus, The Pioneer Woman’s model requires a complete block of cream cheese.

5. Turkey Milanese

This fancy-sounding dish by Bobby Flay really appears to be like fairly darn straightforward to place collectively.

And for those who skip the pomegranate molasses, you most likely have already got most of those components in your pantry.

6. Turkey Pizza

Sound unconventional? Certain — however the most effective half about making pizza at dwelling goes past your native joint’s traditional repertoire.

In the event you’re nonetheless unconvinced, try ReadySetEat’s artichoke turkey pizza. Simply seize a premade crust and add some leftover turkey, diced tomatoes, canned artichokes and olives, and two forms of cheese (as a result of, sure).

7. Turkey Enchiladas

Repurpose an American traditional right into a Mexican dish that predates the delivery of our nation.

There are many variations on the market. Right here’s among the finest Thanksgiving leftover recipes we’ve discovered.

You’ll want:

1.5 onions

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 4 cups cooked, leftover turkey, shredded
  • 8 tablespoons gentle chili powder
  • 2 recent jalapenos
  • 1 cup smoked barbecue sauce
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon every cumin, oregano and sugar
  • 3 cups of hen broth (or your individual home made turkey inventory; see merchandise #13 on this checklist!)
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch dissolved in 4 tablespoons half-and-half
  • 1 cup shredded monterey jack or cheddar cheese
  • 12 tortillas
  • salt and pepper
  • cooking oil (similar to olive)
  • frying oil (similar to canola)
  • bitter cream
  • inexperienced onions

Make your enchilada sauce by pureeing the gentle chili powder, recent jalapenos, barbecue sauce, one quartered onion, one clove of garlic, the can of tomato sauce, the cumin, oregano and sugar, a teaspoon of salt, an eighth of a teaspoon of pepper and two tablespoons of cooking oil.

Fry the combination up in sizzling oil for about 5 minutes, stirring consistently.

Then add the broth, a cup of half-and-half, plus the 2 tablespoons of cornstarch dissolved in a further 4 tablespoons of half and half. Simmer for 2 minutes.

Then, saute the remaining half onion and clove of garlic, diced finely, in sizzling oil. Add the shredded turkey, brown barely, and stir in sauce (reserving some) and salt and pepper to style. Warmth, and hold heat.

Fry the 12 tortillas shortly in sizzling oil. Drain and hold them heat in a casserole dish. Dip the tortillas in heated sauce, put a strip of filling throughout every, and roll tightly. Prepare side-by-side in pan, sprinkle with cheese and warmth in a 350-degree oven for 10 minutes.

Spoon heated sauce over enchiladas and serve with bitter cream and chopped inexperienced onions. Muy bien!

8. Turkey Chili

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What higher approach to climate the chilly winter months than with a hearty chili?

And because you’ve possible obtained extra leftover turkey than you recognize what to do with, this lightened-up model from Ambitious Kitchen is an ideal match.

And for those who’re feeling fiery, try Food Network’s leftover turkey chili recipe, which brings the warmth with fire-roasted tomatoes.

9. Turkey “Shepherd’s” Pie

So, let’s assess the Thanksgiving leftover scenario. You’ve possible obtained the next leftover turkey, gravy, stuffing or dressing and mashed potatoes. Clearly, it is advisable put all these issues collectively in a single dish with the mashed potatoes on high.

Though it’s known as “shepherd’s pie” as a result of it historically comes with lamb, this dish is as easy and cost-effective as it’s tasty. You don’t have to make use of any components aside from the Thanksgiving leftovers themselves.

Though it’s known as “shepherd’s pie” as a result of it historically comes with lamb, this dish — poulterer’s pie? — is as easy and cost-effective as it’s tasty. You don’t have to make use of any components aside from the Thanksgiving leftovers themselves.

And if you’d like a full-sized pie, try Martha Stewart’s recipe, which sweetens the take care of leftover cranberry sauce and glazed carrots.

Significantly, how lame does that sandwich sound now?

10. Turkey Pot Pie

Received a leftover pie crust or two, or perhaps a frozen puff pastry?

You possibly can make a perfect turkey pot pie, crammed filled with all of your favourite fixings out of your Thanksgiving feast. This one, for instance, will dissipate your leftover inexperienced bean casserole, too.

Need one thing a bit extra handheld?

Try this recipe for “pocket” pies, filled with cranberry sauce, candy and mashed potatoes, stuffing and, in fact, leftover turkey. Make them forward of time and pop ‘em within the toaster oven.

11. Turkey Quesadillas

Quesadillas are an ideal automobile through which to stuff a Thanksgiving leftover.

This one requires brie and cranberry chutney. Yum.

12. Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole

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Casseroles are low cost, filling and scrumptious, to not point out an effective way to get these turkey leftovers into hungry stomachs.

There are tons of how to make your Thanksgiving leftovers right into a casserole. This recipe requires canned soups and frozen peas, which you most likely have already got at your disposal.

13. So Many Scrumptious Winter Soups

First issues first: In the event you’re not making fresh turkey stock with that picked-clean carcass, you’re doing it incorrect.

Throw some root veggies, spices and what’s left of the chook in a pot, cowl with water and simmer so long as you may stand it — it’s going to scent unbelievable. (This recipe says two to 3 hours, however you may go so long as six, including additional water as wanted).

Then, make that inventory into scrumptious soups. This can be a frequent custom, so there are limitless Thanksgiving leftover recipes for soup to strive. We advise Alton Brown’s super-simple “bird to the last drop” or this delicious version from The Pioneer Girl.

And take a look at Pinch of Yum’s Easy Turkey Pho, which requires savory fish sauce and candy spices like cinnamon and cloves.

14. OK, Tremendous, Turkey Sandwiches

Some issues are conventional for a cause. Take into account elevating your turkey sandwich recreation with these inventive leftover recipes:

Mashed Potatoes

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Within the class of meals that make you go, “I made an excessive amount of of this and I’m not sorry,” mashed potatoes are second solely to the turkey itself.

And though they’re simply as yummy reheated and piled up with leftover gravy, listed below are some extra inventive choices.

15. Potato Pancakes

Potato pancakes would possibly already be the proper Penny Hoarder meals.

They’re scrumptious, filling, versatile and, in fact, cheap — particularly when you’ve a ton of leftover mashed potatoes to make use of up.

Costume this basic recipe up together with your favourite toppings… like, say, all that leftover cranberry sauce.

Meals Community Chef Giada De Laurentiis will get eggs and parmesan concerned in her “eggs in purgatory” dish.

Or, you may experiment with throwing further components proper into the combination earlier than cooking.

Kelly, who blogs at Just a Taste, suggests cheddar cheese and scallions.

16. Mashed Potato Soup

Sure, extra scrumptious soup.

You’d be hard-pressed to argue towards this loaded mashed potato soup from Mommy Hates Cooking.

As an alternative of hen broth, sub in that scrumptious turkey inventory you made.

17. Mashed Potato Muffins

Who knew that for those who add an egg to leftover mashed potatoes, they’ll bake into fluffy, scrumptious muffins?

Only a Style presents this simple recipe for mashed potato muffins, or do that barely extra concerned recipe for mashed potato “puffs” from The Kitchn.

18. Croquettes

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Desire a fast and straightforward approach to make use of up your leftover Thanksgiving turkey, leftover potatoes and leftover cranberry sauce multi functional go?

Try Martha Stewart’s recipe for turkey croquettes.

Already used up your turkey? John Torode’s “bubble and squeak” croquettes name for bacon, turnips and cabbage for a complete repackaging of a Thanksgiving fave.

19. Gluten-Free Cake

Guess you didn’t know mashed potatoes may have a spot on the dessert desk.

This lemon drizzle cake ditches flour in favor of floor almonds and mashed potatoes to remain fluffy and flavorful, although it’s gluten-free.


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It’s type of a rarity to have any of this left, no less than in most homes.

That stated, for those who do have leftover stuffing, you’re in for a deal with.

20. Fried Stuffing Bites

This recipe is bother.

Fried leftover stuffing served with a cranberry pesto actually is next-level Thanksgiving leftover creativity.

21. Stuffing-Stuffed Mushrooms

This Food Network recipe is tremendous easy and tremendous tasty. Do your self a favor and spring for recent parmesan — the stuff within the inexperienced tub has no place on this dish.

Cranberry Sauce

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It’s  candy however tangy and an ideal praise to that overzealous mound of savory Thanksgiving recipes.

However shockingly, many individuals eat solely a tiny little bit of cranberry sauce, or take into account it merely compulsory. Buck that pattern and provides these leftover recipes a strive.

22. Cranberry Upside-Down Cake

Cranberry Upside-Down cake? Sure, please!

This version from Baked In appears to be like pretty much as good because it sounds. Simply substitute your sauce for the recent cranberries it requires — or use the leftovers that didn’t make it to your desk within the first place.

23. Cranberry Tartlets

Calling for little greater than dough, an egg and a few sugar, these cranberry tartlets are as elegant as they’re scrumptious, and make an amazing various to heavier desserts like pumpkin pie.

24. Cranberry Pancakes

Thanksgiving leftovers for breakfast doesn’t must imply hash — not that we don’t love hash!

Spoon your cranberry sauce into pancake batter for a candy breakfast which may grow to be your new favourite Friday-after-Thanksgiving custom.

25. Cranberry Muffins

Rework that cranberry sauce into subsequent week’s breakfast for the entire household by whipping up a batch of muffins.

This recipe from Kitchen Treaty appears to be like delectable, as does Wes Martin’s cranberry-carrot model.

Inexperienced Bean Casserole

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Truthfully, you received’t discover  an entire lot of how to repurpose this one — most likely as a result of it’s so darn good reheated and eaten as-is.

However apart from spooning it onto salads (or instantly into your mouth) do that straightforward approach to make use of up your inexperienced bean casserole.

26. Inexperienced Bean Quiche

This quiche has 9 components, one among which is your leftover inexperienced bean casserole.

Candy Potatoes

Whether or not you sweeten your dinner with candied yams or go for a savory dish, this spud most likely has a spot at your Thanksgiving desk.

Right here’s what to do with the leftovers.

27. Breakfast Hash

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DIY your hash utilizing leftover candy potatoes, turkey and poached eggs.

Or, for those who’re searching for a extra structured recipe, do that one from EatingWell – a lightened-up hash which brings in an apple to stability the combination.

28. Candy Potato Biscuits

Desire a barely sweetened roll, as soon as all of the Thanksgiving crescents have been eaten up?

Check out these sweet potato biscuits courtesy of Spinach Tiger.

29. Candy Potato Pie

Reworking your yams right into a candy potato pie is just about so simple as including crust — and a few evaporated milk or eggs to get the pie’s texture proper.

Strive Taste of Home’s model, full with pecans, or this one from Spinach Tiger.

30. Candy Potato Cake

Right here’s yet one more approach to make this Thanksgiving leftover even sweeter: Rework it into cake.

This recipe is paying homage to good, home made gingerbread. Make sure to regulate the quantity of sugar you add to the combination relying on how a lot sweetness is already in your yams.

Robert Bruce is a senior author at The Penny Hoarder. Jamie Cattanach is a contributor to The Penny Hoarder.