In addition to family time, one of the best things about a holiday like Thanksgiving is the food. Thanksgiving usually includes a dinner that is overflowing in flavors, textures and good conversion. Honestly, when the holiday comes to an end what I look forward to the most are those delicious leftovers.
Leftovers can only last in your fridge for up to 3-5 days so you need to make the best of it! We’ve accumulated some of the best recipes so you can transform your leftovers into something extraordinary. We’ve found a few recipes that you’ve probably tried before and some that you most definitely haven’t! Be prepared to start meal planning because you’ll be making these all week long, or for however long your leftovers last.
We’re going to start with the classic, the one everyone thinks of, a sandwich. The idea is so simple that you won’t even need a recipe.
To create an excellent Thanksgiving leftover sandwich, start with two pieces of your choice of bread and add a spread of either mayo or butter. Then, fill it with whatever leftovers are enticing to you. We recommend fresh greens such as spinach, mashed potatoes or stuffing, cranberry sauce, and of course, turkey!
Who knew you could transform Thanksgiving leftovers into an exciting breakfast meal? Well, this recipe proves it’s possible!
The waffles are made from leftover stuffing, eggs, and chicken broth. While they cook in the waffle iron, prepare the additional eggs however you’d like! To serve, stack the waffles, add a layer of cooked eggs, and drizzle a savory gravy on top.
https://www.ifyougiveablondeakitchen.com/2016/11/02/leftover-thanksgiving-stuffing-waffles/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: IF YOU GIVE BLONDE A KITCHEN
What better way to extend your leftover turkey than to turn it into a warm and savory soup! This soup recipe is simple and you’ll most likely have all the ingredients on hand, especially if you were in charge of hosting Thanksgiving dinner. Some of these ingredients include carrots, celery, and fresh herbs.
Combine the delicious flavors with wild rice for an exciting texture. You can either create your own soup stock out of the turkey bones from Thanksgiving dinner or use chicken broth, either way, it’ll turn out great!
https://happyhealthymama.com/leftover-turkey-wild-rice-soup.html PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: HAPPY HEALTHY MAMA
Thanksgiving leftovers get an exciting makeover with this recipe! Combine leftover mashed potatoes and chopped turkey into a cheesy and delightful snack the next day.
You’ll need only a few additional ingredients alongside your leftovers. Some of these include shredded cheese, eggs, and breadcrumbs. You’ll fry these potato bites to create a crispy and irresistible outer layer.
https://www.today.com/recipes/cheesy-leftover-turkey-mashed-potato-bites-t57906 PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: TODAY
Growing up, Shepard’s pie was a classic in my house. It’s a savory meal that can feed a large family. Instead of creating Shepard’s pie from scratch, why not try creating one from your delicious Thanksgiving leftovers?
Create a perfect base from vegetables gravy and shredded turkey. Then add the creamy leftover mashed potatoes and cheese for a fancy and delicious dinner.
https://www.bakedbyrachel.com/leftover-thanksgiving-turkey-shepherds-pie/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: BAKED BY RACHEL
If you were lucky enough to have leftover stuffing, consider making these bacon wrapped stuffing bites. These come together with just two ingredients, leftover stuffing and thick slices of bacon.
To put them together you’ll form the stuffing into golf ball-sized balls. Then, wrap them in bacon and bake until they’ve reached a crispy golden perfection.
https://whoneedsacape.com/2016/10/bacon-wrapped-stuffing-bites/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: WHO NEEDS A CAPE
Do you have multiple Thanksgiving events to attend? Create these turkey cranberry puff pastry bites out of your Thanksgiving leftovers for a delicious appetizer.
Creamy turkey, stuffing, and cranberries sit atop a fluffy pastry that together creates a delectable bite. People will love them, and those who you share them with, won’t even realize they’re made from your leftovers!
https://www.artandthekitchen.com/turkey-cranberry-puff-pastry-bites/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: ART AND THE KITCHEN
Creamy turkey noodles are an excellent way to take your leftover turkey and turn it into another savory meal to feed the whole family. Pasta is comforting and this dish is overflowing in exciting flavors. Plus it includes a few healthy ingredients, too.
Cream of chicken soup, sour cream and cheese will create the creamy sauce. Throw in frozen veggies to make this a wholesome meal.
https://lilluna.com/creamy-turkey-and-noodles/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: LILUNA
After a big meal like Thanksgiving dinner, it’s nice to enjoy something light and refreshing. Que this leftover turkey salad.
This recipe will utilize your leftover turkey perfectly and invite new ingredients to turn your leftovers into a new meal. Apples and celery provide this salad with the perfect crunch, while Greek yogurt and mayo provide the creamy texture.
https://selfproclaimedfoodie.com/leftover-turkey-salad/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: SELF PROCLAIMED FOODIE
Skip the takeout and turn your Thanksgiving leftovers into a deep-fried dream. Follow this recipe to create delicious beer-battered deep-fried turkey in the comfort of your own kitchen.
You can serve the turkey over a bed of leftover stuffing and with a side of cranberry sauce. Complete the meal with a heaping of thick-cut fries.
https://www.rockrecipes.com/beer-battered-deep-fried-turkey/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: ROCK RECIPES
Did the Thanksgiving sandwich sound like a bore to you? Why not try making a leftover panini? This recipe takes on a similar approach, but what sets it apart is the toasty grilled bread.
Panini’s are essentially gourmet sandwiches that make you feel like you’re enjoying a delicious meal straight from the restaurant but at home! If you don’t have a panini press there is no need to worry, this recipe explains you can achieve the same outcome using a skillet.
https://life-in-the-lofthouse.com/thanksgiving-leftovers-panini/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: LIFE IN THE LOFTHOUSE
If hot pockets are regularly requested in your household, then you and your family will love these turkey club strombolis. These pockets are filled with tender leftover turkey combined with cooked bacon, sundried tomatoes and freshly grated parmesan.
Go all out and try making the homemade dough recipe. If you’re pinched for time, this blogger reassures you can achieve the same outcome with store-bought pizza dough too.
https://www.rockrecipes.com/turkey-club-stromboli/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: ROCK RECIPES
Why not enjoy turkey leftovers between two layers of flaky crescent dough. These turkey crescent bites are great for a next day snack or lunch.
The filling is made from leftover turkey, dried cranberries, cream cheese, and a few other ingredients. They’ll require little effort and time to put together and you’ll have them made quickly.
https://www.thekitchenismyplayground.com/2013/11/turkey-crescent-bites-great-for-turkey.html?m=1 PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THE KITCHEN IS MY PLAYGROUND
Instead of ordering pizza this week, make your own! Your family can enjoy a fun slice with unique, but exciting toppings.
The fun thing about pizza is there are no boundaries. Get creative with this recipe and utilize your leftovers in a new and exciting way. Puff pastry creates a flaky irresistible crust and your leftovers will create delicious toppings for this unforgettable pizza!
https://www.thegunnysack.com/thanksgiving-pizza/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THE GUNNY SACK
Are you stuck on how to use your leftover cranberry sauce? Why not try using your leftovers to create these cranberry shortbread bars! Not only can you turn your Thanksgiving leftovers into breakfast, snacks, and dinner, but you can even use them for delicious desserts too.
This dessert starts with a simple shortbread cookie base and then the cranberry sauce is added later. Cranberry sauce is an excellent match to shortbread because it’s tart flavor can help balance out the sweet and rich flavors provided by the shortbread.
https://lifemadesweeter.com/cranberry-shortbread-bars/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: LIFE MADE SWEETER
Another great way to use your leftover cranberry sauce is in this cranberry sauce crumble bar recipe. They’re sweet, tangy and delightful.
Orange zest provides the tangy flavor while granulated sugar and the cranberry sauce create the perfect sweet and tart balance. These are so easy because they require a small list of ingredients and only 10 minutes to prepare.
https://www.foxandbriar.com/leftover-cranberry-sauce-crumble-bars/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FOX AND BRIAR