When Thanksgiving dinner is done and dusted, it’s time to let the leftovers do the work! Check out these 23 tasty ideas for making the most of your Thanksgiving leftovers, from the turkey and stuffing to cranberry sauce.
Leftover Stuffing Cakes
If there’s one thing better than turkey stuffing, it’s turkey stuffing the following day! Transform your Thanksgiving leftovers with this easy recipe for pan fried savory stuffing cakes drizzled with leftover gravy.
Slow Cooker Leftover Turkey and Wild Rice Stew
Some could say that slow cookers and leftovers were made for each other. This easy stew featuring leftover turkey is an effortless and hearty recipe that basically cooks itself! The perfect low-maintenance meal in the days following Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving Leftovers Quesadilla (Three-Cheese Turkey, Cranberry, and Sage Quesadilla)
Enjoy your Thanksgiving leftovers quesadilla style! Melty cheese, tender turkey and cranberry sauce nestled between crisp flour tortillas sounds like a perfect bite (not to mention a SUPER easy way to use extras).
Cranberry Sauce Topped Baked Brie
Tangy leftover cranberry sauce is the perfect pairing for an ooey, gooey, savory baked brie! All you need is a wheel of brie and a dollop of cranberry sauce for a fast appetizer that’s great for entertaining.
Hot Turkey Sandwich
The perfect recipe for an open faced turkey sandwich that will use up all your Thanksgiving leftovers, and then some! Packed with turkey, cranberry sauce and stuffing, and smothered in gravy so you can relive the tastiness of Thanksgiving dinner all over again.
Smoked Turkey Chowder with Sweet Potatoes
Toss your Thanksgiving turkey (and leftover sweet potatoes if you have them!) into a delicious and creamy chowder filled with smoky flavor, veggies and herbs. You’ll be craving a warm bowl of turkey chowder all throughout the holidays!
Turkey Shepherd’s Pie for Two
A perfectly easy and tasty, single-serving shepherd’s pie is a fun way to use up those leftovers when it’s just the two of you! Leftover turkey and vegetable filling beneath a layer of leftover mashed potatoes = post-holiday perfection!
Cheesy Leftover Mashed Potato Waffles
Give delicious new life into your leftover Thanksgiving mashed potatoes with this cheesy, savory waffles recipe! A waffle maker gets these potato patties crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and ready in no time.
Leftover Turkey Wontons
A new twist on next-day turkey! You’ll love these crispy fried wontons filled with a turkey, bacon and scallion dumpling filling. Dip these in a delicious homemade whisky glaze and enjoy as a holiday snack!
Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Sliders
Keep the good times rolling with these perfect mini sandwiches boasting big Thanksgiving flavors. Easy bite-sized turkey sliders with melty cheese and leftover cranberry sauce make an excellent appetizer for guests to gobble up the next day!
Leftover Turkey and Wild Rice Casserole
A creamy, melty, cheesy casserole recipe is the definition of comfort food, and the perfect excuse to indulge in Thanksgiving leftovers. This recipe combines wild rice, mushrooms, and leftover turkey for a tasty and satisfying dinner recipe.
Vegetarian Meatloaf and Cranberry Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich
A versatile and fuss-free leftovers recipe that uses up tasty Thanksgiving vegetarian meatloaf! All that’s needed is two slices of bread and a quick reheat in the grill pan. The flavors of this easy leftovers sandwich come together perfectly and it’s ready in no time!
Slow Cooker White Turkey Chili
Transform leftover turkey with some Tex-Mex style and ease with this super simple crock pot chili recipe. Combined with cannellini beans and flavored with spices, coriander, and a nice jalapeno heat, this turkey chili is perfect topped with some fresh avocado.
Leftover Turkey Frittata
After all the feasting and festivities, sometimes the occasion calls for a little something lighter! This is a perfect recipe for a fresh and easy frittata cooked with turkey, spinach and cheese (plus any other stray ingredients in the fridge!).
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