20 Recipes to Repurpose Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

So last week, I met this guy. I was out with some friends, and he was CUTE — we made it through a bit of small talk, but then found ourselves in a bit of a conversational lag. Naturally, with the holiday just around the corner, he steered the conversation to a safe, easy topic: “What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food?”

Now, if I was a normal person, I would’ve giggled coquettishly, batted my eyelashes, and said something adorable like “I love turkey with just a touch of cranberry sauce,” while simultaneously stroking his arm and moving on to discuss his biceps. I, however, am not a normal person — after making a rather guttural sound of excitement, I declared, “STUFFING. Definitely the stuffing. No, wait, do sweet potatoes count? How about the corn? Oh, also my Grandma makes great rolls. Oh and the PIE!”

If you couldn’t tell, I love Thanksgiving food. And who doesn’t? Thanksgiving brings out all our inner Ina Gartens, and it’s some of the best food we eat all year. The sad part, though? It only gets to happen ONE day a year. ONE.

But fear not! There’s a way to solve this sad problem. Instead of simply enjoying Thanksgiving fare for one little meal, you can use your leftovers in creative ways for days to come. Here, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite ways to utilize those Ina-worthy dishes. Perhaps I should bring one next time I see that cute guy — you know, to redeem myself.


1. Turkey, Smashed Avocado,Cranberry, Brie and Mashed Potato Waffle Melts


2. 10-Minute Turkey Salad Sandwiches

Source: The Everygirl


3. Loaded Turkey Panini

Source: Pinch of Yum


4. Thanksgiving Leftovers Croque Madame


5. Turkey Tortilla Soup


6. Grilled Turkey & Brie Cranwich


7. Turkey Apple Brie Flatbread


8. Homemade Gnocchi with Leftover Mashed Potatoes


9. Turkey Enchiladas


10. Thanksgiving Leftover Breakfast Hash


11. Arugula Pesto Turkey Tartine


12. Leftover Turkey Corn Chowder


13. Cheesy Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes

Source: Just a Taste


14. 30-Minute Lighter Stovetop Turkey Tetrazzini


15. Turkey Pot Pie

Source: Sugar Spun Run


16. Cran Turkey Enchiladas

Source: Belly Full


17. Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Pesto Panini


18. Easy 30-Minute Turkey Noodle Soup

Source: Averie Cooks


19. Leftover Thanksgiving Ham Cobb Salad


20. Leftover Sweet Potato Turkey Bake


How do you repurpose leftovers? Share your tips or recipes in the comments below!