35 Delicious Recipes To Repurpose Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

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 the inner Ina Garten in all of us, and it’s some of the best food we eat all year. The sad part, though? We only get to enjoy it 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 Thanksgiving leftover recipes to utilize those Ina-worthy dishes. Perhaps I should bring one next time I see that cute guy—you know, to redeem myself.


1. Leftover Thanksgiving Sliders


2. Leftover Turkey Salad


3. Cranberry Sauce Vinaigrette

Source: Detoxinista


4. Leftover Turkey Wild Rice Soup


5. Cranberry Orange Cheesecake


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


7. 10-Minute Turkey Salad Sandwiches

Source: The Everygirl


8. Loaded Turkey Panini

Source: Pinch of Yum


9. Thanksgiving Leftovers Croque Madame


10. Turkey Tortilla Soup


11. Turkey Cranberry and Grilled Brie Cheese Sandwich

Source: Foodie Crush


12. Turkey Apple Brie Flatbread


13. Vegan Thanksgiving Leftovers Bowl


14. 30-Minute Leftover Sweet Potato and Turkey Enchilada Skillet


15. Mini Sweet Potato Galettes


16. Homemade Gnocchi with Leftover Mashed Potatoes


17. Turkey Enchiladas


18. Cheesy Breakfast Stuffing Cakes


19. Leftover Turkey Cranberry Melts


20. Thanksgiving Leftover Breakfast Hash


21. Arugula Pesto Turkey Tartine


22. Vegetarian Meatloaf and Cranberry Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich


23. Leftover Turkey Corn Chowder


24. Cranberry Sauce Crumble Bars


25. Cheesy Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes

Source: Just a Taste


26. 30-Minute Lighter Stovetop Turkey Tetrazzini


27. Turkey Pot Pie


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


29. Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Pesto Panini


30. Curry Turkey Pot Pie with Homemade Butter Crust

Source: Foodie Crush


31. Easy 30-Minute Turkey Noodle Soup

Source: Averie Cooks


32. Leftover Thanksgiving Ham Cobb Salad


33. Leftover Cranberry Sauce Parfaits


34. Day-After-Thanksgiving Rye Steam Buns


35. Leftover Sweet Potato Turkey Bake


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