With Thanksgiving almost here, there’s a big question going on in the minds of those of us who cook: What exactly are we going to do with all the leftovers from the big Thanksgiving meal?
There’s usually so much food left over, and it’s a pity to throw it away. So get creative and try creating new meals from the leftovers over the next days—or maybe even weeks—if you plan on freezing the leftovers.
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What to Do With Thanksgiving Leftovers
While repurposing new dishes from the remains of Turkey Day does require some thought and effort (unless you don’t mind eating turkey sandwiches for a whole week), the results can be quite a pleasant surprise.
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From leftover stuffing muffins and leftover turkey corn chowder, to turkey dinner hash, ham and potato soup, crack turkey salad and mashed potato bagels, there are plenty of ingenious ideas to use up those tasty leftovers included here. Pick your favorites and get ready to put those leftovers to good use.
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Best Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes
Leftover Thanksgiving Pizza
What’s the best way to use your Thanksgiving leftovers? Turn them into a pizza!
Get the recipe: Leftover Thanksgiving Pizza
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Leftover Pumpkin Pie Spice Bread
Re-purpose any leftover cooked pumpkin to make this leftover pumpkin pie spice bread.
Get the recipe: Leftover Pumpkin Pie Spice Bread
Open-Face Turkey Cranberry Sandwiches
This four-ingredient open-face turkey-cranberry sandwiches recipe takes the best parts of Thanksgiving dinner and turns them into a seriously satisfying sandwich.
Get the recipe: Open-Face Turkey Cranberry Sandwiches
Thanksgiving Leftovers Ring
Thanksgiving leftovers ring is a fun new way to enjoy turkey, cranberry sauce and your favorite side dishes all over again.
Get the recipe: Thanksgiving Leftovers Ring
Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup
The best way to make soup is to repurpose that Thanksgiving turkey of yours, bones and all. In fact, throw in any and all carcasses and bones that remain from your extravagant feast.
Get the recipe: Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup
Mashed Potato Casserole with Crispy Chicken
This mouth-watering mashed potato casserole is loaded with creamy mashed potatoes and topped with crispy chicken tenders, corn, cheddar cheese, and a drizzle of brown gravy!
Get the recipe: Mashed Potato Casserole with Crispy Chicken
Leftover Ham and Bean Soup
Make this ham and bean soup to use your ham leftovers in an entirely new dinner. This easy, healthy meal is perfect for a cold winter day.
Get the recipe: Leftover Ham and Bean Soup
Healthy Ham and Potato Soup
This creamy ham and potato soup is comforting and healthy — with bits of ham and vegetables in every bite!
Get the recipe: Healthy Ham and Potato Soup
Leftover Turkey Cornbread Casserole
This leftover turkey cornbread casserole is the perfect way to use up your Thanksgiving leftovers. Turkey and veggies are topped with flavorful gravy and baked with fluffy, golden-brown cornbread.
Get the recipe: Leftover Turkey Cornbread Casserole
Leftover Potato Cups with Cheddar and Chives
These leftover potato cups with cheddar and chives are so easy to make, budget-friendly and they taste divine. They have a crunchy crust and a creamy and flavorful filling.
Get the recipe: Leftover Potato Cups with Cheddar and Chives
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Creamy Leftover Ham Tortellini
This creamy leftover ham tortellini uses leftover ham in a delicious creamy pasta. It’s super quick to make and freezes well. You could even double the recipe to make an extra large portion and freeze some for easy meals later on.
Get the recipe: Creamy Leftover Ham Tortellini
Leftover Ham and Spinach Casserole
This leftover ham and spinach casserole is stuffed with spinach, ham, cheese and ziti noodles for a delicious dinner recipe! Perfect recipe to use leftover ham up!
Get the recipe: Leftover Ham and Spinach Casserole
Scalloped Potatoes with Leftover Ham
Kind of like potato dauphinoise, but made even better with pieces of ham and caramelised onions. These scalloped potatoes with leftover ham are comfort food heaven!
Get the recipe: Scalloped Potatoes with Leftover Ham
Leftover Ham Fried Rice with Pineapple
Turn your leftover ham into a quick meal that tastes better than Chinese takeout. Learn all the secrets to creating the best fried rice without a wok.
Get the recipe: Leftover Ham Fried Rice with Pineapple
Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes
Try this easy recipe for leftover mashed potato pancakes with cheese! Made with four simple ingredients and ready in just 15 minutes, they make the best quick meal or appetizer.
Get the recipe: Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes
Leftover Ham and Rice Casserole
Leftover ham and rice casserole is an easy, one-pot recipe made right on your stove top! You’ll love this savory recipe for leftover ham.
Get the recipe: Leftover Ham and Rice Casserole
Thanksgiving Leftover Crunchwrap
Turn your Thanksgiving leftovers into a delicious crunchwrap supreme with this recipe!
Get the recipe: Thanksgiving Leftover Crunchwrap
Leftover Turkey Jambalaya
Turn your turkey leftovers into this delicious leftover turkey jambalaya. Add a crusty loaf of French Bread and you have a delicious and spicy dinner.
Get the recipe: Leftover Turkey Jambalaya
Leftover Ham and Smoked Gouda Quiche
This ham and smoked gouda quiche using leftover ham is absolutely delicious for brunch or breakfast the morning after Thanksgiving!
Get the recipe: Leftover Ham and Smoked Gouda Quiche
Leftover Turkey Ramen
This leftover turkey ramen with crispy bacon, scallions, and an egg will satisfy all your ramen cravings.
Get the recipe: Leftover Turkey Ramen
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Leftover Ham Cobb Salad
Use up your leftover ham in this glorious cobb salad with a healthy, guiltless Greek yogurt ranch dressing! It’s the perfect post-Thanksgiving detox!
Get the recipe: Leftover Ham Cobb Salad
Turkey Mushroom Cranberry Risotto
This turkey mushroom cranberry risotto is creamy, delicious and perfect for leftover turkey.
Get the recipe: Turkey Mushroom Cranberry Risotto
Turkey and Cornbread Dumplings
Put your leftover Thanksgiving turkey to great use with this tasty twist on a comforting classic that’s full of hearty cornbread dumplings. Turkey and cornbread dumplings is an easy meal that will keep you warm all winter long!
Get the recipe: Turkey and Cornbread Dumplings
Turkey Croissant Panini
Crisp, buttery Turkey croissant panini with sliced Brie, cranberry relish, and baby arugula are an easy way to enjoy your holiday leftovers. Great for lunch!
Get the recipe: Turkey Croissant Panini
Leftover Turkey Pot Pie Empanadas
These leftover turkey pot pie empanadas, or hand pies are a delicious way to use up your leftover Thanksgiving turkey!
Get the recipe: Leftover Turkey Pot Pie Empanadas
Crack Turkey Salad
Turkey salad loaded with cheddar, bacon, and ranch. A great way to use up all that leftover Thanksgiving turkey! Serve on a croissant for the best turkey sandwich ever!
Get the recipe: Crack Turkey Salad
Thanksgiving Leftover Balls
Deep fried balls that are dipped in panko and stuffed with dressing, chopped turkey, Parmesan cheese then drizzled and dipped in gravy? It’s Thanksgiving in a bite and the best vehicle for leftovers.
Get the recipe: Thanksgiving Leftover Balls
Gluten-Free Mashed Potato Bagels
These incredibly soft and tender gluten-free mashed potato bagels don’t require boiling or kneading. They’re totally dairy-free too!
Get the recipe: Gluten-Free Mashed Potato Bagels
Thanksgiving Turkey Egg Rolls
Thanksgiving turkey egg rolls are the most delicious way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers. A crispy, golden brown egg roll wrapper surrounds your favorite Thanksgiving flavors. Dip in leftover gravy or spread on extra cranberry sauce.
Get the recipe: Thanksgiving Turkey Egg Rolls
Thanksgiving Leftover Sliders
Thanksgiving leftover sliders are the perfect way to use your thanksgiving leftovers! Use your leftover turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce in these cute and delicious sliders!
Get the recipe: Thanksgiving Leftover Sliders
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Leftover Turkey Stir Fry
This turkey stir-fry recipe is such an easy and tasty way to use up leftover turkey. Simply add some vegetables and a tasty sauce and quickly sauté.
Get the recipe: Leftover Turkey Stir Fry
Hot Turkey Sandwich
This hot turkey sandwich with gravy and mashed potatoes is simple to make but full of flavor!
Get the recipe: Hot Turkey Sandwich
Turkey Cranberry Sandwich
Turkey and cranberry sauce are nestled between two slices of buttery bread that have been grilled to perfection, all held together by melted cheddar cheese.
Get the recipe: Turkey Cranberry Sandwich
Soft, Fluffy Gluten-Free Potato Bread
This soft and fluffy gluten-free potato bread is a great way to use leftover mashed potatoes. Perfect for sandwiches or toast. Dairy-free too.
Get the recipe: Soft, Fluffy Gluten-Free Potato Bread
Leftover Turkey Pot Pie
In this leftover turkey pot pie recipe, a delicious filling made with a from-scratch sauce sits between two layers of flaky, buttery homemade pie crust for a meal your entire family will love.
Get the recipe: Leftover Turkey Pot Pie
Leftover Turkey and Dumplings Casserole
This baked turkey and dumplings casserole dish is made with leftover turkey, veggies, homemade dumplings that are layered with a flavorful gravy for the perfect comfort food on a busy night.
Get the recipe: Leftover Turkey and Dumplings Casserole
Leftover Turkey Dinner Hash
This savory Leftover turkey dinner hash is a delicious way to repurpose a fridge full of leftovers after a big feast. 15 minutes and done. Brunch is served!
Get the recipe: Leftover Turkey Dinner Hash
Leftover Stuffing Cakes
Transform extra Thanksgiving stuffing into easy leftover stuffing cakes. Crisp on the outside, cheesy on the inside, and perfect with eggs.
Get the recipe: Leftover Stuffing Cakes
Creamy Leftover Turkey Pasta
This creamy leftover turkey pasta is great for using up your Thanksgiving turkey. It is quick, easy, delicious.
Get the recipe: Creamy Leftover Turkey Pasta
Ham and Vegetable Soup
This delicious ham and vegetable soup is the perfect way to cook with a leftover ham bone that you might have on hand from a special Sunday supper or a holiday meal!
Get the recipe: Ham and Vegetable Soup
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Leftover Turkey Salad Sandwiches
These leftover turkey salad sandwiches are a post-Thanksgiving classic! Make these delicious turkey salad sandwiches with leftover Thanksgiving turkey, dried cranberries, and celery.
Get the recipe: Leftover Turkey Salad Sandwiches
Turkey Wild Rice Soup
Use your leftover turkey and herbs from Thanksgiving to make a satisfying and healthy soup.
Get the recipe: Turkey Wild Rice Soup
Turkey and Stuffing Turnovers
Turkey and stuffing turnovers are a delicious and easy way to use your Thanksgiving dinner leftovers to create a second meal your family will love!
Get the recipe: Turkey and Stuffing Turnovers
Leftover Turkey Corn Chowder
This leftover turkey corn chowder comes together in about 30 minutes and is the most delicious way to use up that leftover Thanksgiving turkey.
Get the recipe: Leftover Turkey Corn Chowder
Thanksgiving Leftovers Quesadilla
We all need some ideas to use up the extra food from the big feast, and this three-cheese turkey, cranberry, and sage quesadilla is the solution. Skip the sandwich and use this Thanksgiving leftover recipe instead!
Get the recipe: Thanksgiving Leftovers Quesadilla
Leftover Stuffing Muffins
Thanksgiving leftover stuffing muffins are made in minutes with leftover stuffing and turkey for a tasty breakfast or snack that you can dip in cranberry sauce or gravy!
Get the recipe: Leftover Stuffing Muffins
Leftover Turkey Skillet Pot Pie
This leftover turkey skillet pot pie is made in one skillet for easy clean up and uses store bought biscuits for the topping. Don’t have leftover turkey? Leftover shredded chicken works too!
Get the recipe: Leftover Turkey Skillet Pot Pie
Easy Turkey Pho
Easy turkey noodle soup recipe – Light and so flavorful. Perfect for leftovers on a cozy chilly day!
Get the recipe: Easy Turkey Pho
Leftover Turkey Shepherd’s Pie
This Turkey shepherd’s pie recipe is the perfect way to create a whole new meal from your leftover turkey and other Thanksgiving dishes.
Get the recipe: Leftover Turkey Shepherd’s Pie
Thanksgiving Leftover Savory Bread Pudding
Extend the holiday cheer to the day after, by transforming boring leftovers into this delicious Thanksgiving Leftover Savory Bread Pudding – where flavourful stuffing, soaked in a herby custard, is baked with juicy pieces of turkey and sweet cranberries and then topped with melted cheddar cheese.
Get the recipe: Thanksgiving Leftover Savory Bread Pudding
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Leftover Cranberry Sauce Bread
Use your leftover cranberry sauce to make this easy dairy-free quick bread!
Get the recipe: Leftover Cranberry Sauce Bread
Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Stuffed Shells
Leftover Thanksgiving turkey stuffed shells with extra stuffing, gravy and a sprinkle of cheese! A fun twist on holiday leftovers!
Get the recipe: Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Stuffed Shells
Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Pesto Panini
This loaded panini is one of the perfect ways to use up your leftover Thanksgiving turkey!
Get the recipe: Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Pesto Panini
These Turkey enchiladas are absolutely delicious, and they’re the perfect way to use up leftover turkey.
Get the recipe: Turkey Enchiladas
Cranberry Oatmeal Bars
This twist on the classic matrimonial squares (also called Date Squares) uses cranberry sauce as a filling instead of a date purée. They’re super easy to make and are a fabulous use for leftover cranberry sauce.
Get the recipe: Cranberry Oatmeal Bars
Thanksgiving Egg Rolls
In true, easy Thanksgiving leftovers fashion, all you need is your choice of stuffing, mashed potatoes, diced turkey, and egg roll wraps to get delicious egg rolls!
Get the recipe: Thanksgiving Egg Rolls
Brown Sugar Glazed Turkey Meatballs
This recipe for brown sugar-glazed turkey meatballs packs a bite-size punch of sweet and spicy, juicy and delicious. These meatballs are baked to perfection and are a perfect appetizer for sharing with friends!
Get the recipe: Brown Sugar Glazed Turkey Meatballs
Turkey Pot Pie Soup with Buttermilk Biscuit Croutons
This turkey pot pie soup has something a little bit special going on, and that little special something comes in the form of buttermilk biscuit “croutons.”
Get the recipe: Turkey Pot Pie Soup with Buttermilk Biscuit Croutons
Thanksgiving Stuffing Waffles
These Thanksgiving stuffing waffles take everyone’s favorite holiday side dish and bring it to a whole new crispy, delicious level—by cooking it in a waffle iron. Perfect for the big holiday, or just for using leftovers!
Get the recipe: Thanksgiving Stuffing Waffles
Turkey and Cranberry BBQ Sauce Pizza
Use up that leftover Thanksgiving turkey and cranberry sauce in this amazing BBQ pizza!
Get the recipe: Turkey and Cranberry BBQ Sauce Pizza
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The Gunny Sack
This Thanksgiving pizza recipe is the best way to eat Thanksgiving leftovers. It has turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and more all in a puff pastry crust!
Get the recipe: The Gunny Sack
Crockpot Turkey Chili
You can even freeze your Thanksgiving turkey to use in this Crockpot turkey chili a few weeks later when you’re not so sick of Turkey!
Get the recipe: Crockpot Turkey Chili
Loaded Mashed Potato Balls
Mashed potato balls are the perfect way to use up leftovers from Thanksgiving! They’re loaded with cheddar cheese, parmesan, garlic, chives, spices, and coated with crunchy panko. This is the perfect way to use up those mashed potatoes for a crispy snack or appetizer!
Get the recipe: Loaded Mashed Potato Balls
Leftover Turkey and Sweet Potato Frittata
Leftover turkey, sweet potato, spinach and Gruyere cheese frittata– trust me, you’ll want to save some Thanksgiving turkey because this breakfast frittata is so good!
Get the recipe: Leftover Turkey and Sweet Potato Frittata
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