30 Recipes To Repurpose Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

So last week, I met this guy while I was out with some friends. He was cute—we made it through a bit of small talk, but then we 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. And the pie!”

If you can’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 yearOne.

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. Turkey Cranberry and Grilled Brie Cheese Sandwich

Source: Foodie Crush

7. Turkey Apple Brie Flatbread


8. Vegan Thanksgiving Leftovers Bowl


9. 30-Minute Leftover Sweet Potato and Turkey Enchilada Skillet


10. Mini Sweet Potato Galettes


11. Homemade Gnocchi with Leftover Mashed Potatoes


12. Turkey Enchiladas


13. Cheesy Breakfast Stuffing Cakes


14. Leftover Turkey Cranberry Melts


15. Thanksgiving Leftover Breakfast Hash


16. Arugula Pesto Turkey Tartine


17. Vegetarian Meatloaf and Cranberry Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich


18. Leftover Turkey Corn Chowder


19. Cranberry Sauce Crumble Bars


20. Cheesy Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes

Source: Just a Taste


21. 30-Minute Lighter Stovetop Turkey Tetrazzini


22. Turkey Pot Pie


23. Green Chile Butternut Squash and Turkey Enchiladas with Crispy Sage


24. Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Pesto Panini


25. Curry Turkey Pot Pie with Homemade Butter Crust

Source: Foodie Crush


26. Easy 30-Minute Turkey Noodle Soup

Source: Averie Cooks


27. Leftover Thanksgiving Ham Cobb Salad


28. Leftover Cranberry Sauce Parfaits


29. Day-After-Thanksgiving Rye Steam Buns


30. Leftover Sweet Potato Turkey Bake


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