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How to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers in Unique and Delicious Ways

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The big day has come and gone.

Friends and family have come with empty bellies and left filled with yummy food and fun memories.

While most of the food has been enjoyed, there are usually some Thanksgiving leftovers lingering in the fridge. Today we’ll share some recipes that can help you get rid of the last of the Thanksgiving feast and not let it go to waste. These go beyond your typical turkey sandwich, and will probably leave you wishing you had extra leftovers!

Thanksgiving Turkey Leftovers

How To Use Thanksgiving Leftovers

Leftover Turkey

6 Leftover Turkey Ideas
To start, here is a post that includes six unique ideas to tackle that leftover turkey!

And 3 More Ideas
These feature using up the leftover cranberry sauce and turkey!

Turkey and Mushroom Stroganoff 
Perfect for leftover turkey, or a non-traditional main dish for Thanksgiving.

Savory Crepes with Turkey and Stuffing 
A very unique twist – crepes made from mashed potatoes, filled with turkey, stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce!

Leftover Chicken or Turkey Pasta Skillet
Your leftover turkey combined with your favorite veggies and some seasoning will not only help put a dent in the leftovers, but also get you back to eating healthier after the rich, filling holiday.

Turkey Tetrazzini
An easy stove top meal for busy nights.

Leftover Turkey Noodle Casserole
An easy meal for busy nights. Simply toss in some egg noodles and veggies, then bake till heated.

Turkey Dumplings
Super easy recipe, and the kids are sure to love it too!

Turkey, Sweet Potato, and Green Bean Soup
A simple, hearty soup that you can make your own based on veggies that you have on hand.

Turkey Apple Panini Sliders
This twist-on-the-traditional-leftover-sandwich combination screams Fall!

Ciabatta Turkey, Provolone, and Chipotle Sandwich 
A grown up spin on the the turkey sandwich, packing lots of punch in the flavor department!

Turkey Chili 
Perfect to have waiting for you after a day of shopping or while relaxing watching football!

Southwest Turkey Wrap
Send the kids to school with a flavorful turkey wrap!

Turkey Pumpkin Chili
Substitute the turkey for chicken if you desire, but definitely enjoy this savory chili!

Leftover Turkey Mac & Cheese
A unique twist on your typical mac & cheese.

Savory Crepes with Turkey, Mushroom and Swiss Cheese
A hearty meal for those cold Fall and Winter evenings.

Cranberry Turkey Grilled Cheese Bites
A simple appetizer or hearty lunch using up those leftovers in a unique way.

White Bean Turkey Chili
A healthy, delicious meal that puts a tasty spin on traditional chili.

Turkey, Broccoli and Stuffing Casserole
A great, easy, year round dish! (For non-Thanksgiving leftover meals, substitute chicken in place of turkey).

Ham & Turkey Cheese Rice Casserole
Cheese lovers, take note! Touted as a Broccoli Cheddar Soup in a “better form”!

Turkey Sliders with all the Fixin’s
Perfect for a light lunch, a mid-afternoon snack, or game day appetizers!

Turkey Broccoli Alfredo Quesadillas
A healthy, filling way to use up some of that turkey!

Turkey Vegetable Chowder
A “throw it all in the pot and forget about it” recipe, perfect for leftovers and those chilly nights!

Leftover Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry BBQ Pulled Pork
Use your slow cooker and your favorite leftover cranberry sauce to make a unique, delicious BBQ!

Cranberry Mayonnaise 
Dress up the standard turkey sandwich with this simple, flavorful combination!

Cranberry Cookies
A holiday twist on traditional sugar cookies!

Cranberry Cream Cheese Cinnamon Coffee Cake
Perfect coffee cake to take to a holiday brunch!

Cranberry Apple Ginger Pancakes
A wonderful recipe to transition from Thanksgiving to the winter holidays!

Cranberry Apple Pastelitos (Puff Pastry Dessert)
Perfect sweet-tooth dessert for using up that leftover Cranberry sauce!

Chipotle, Turkey, Cranberry Sandwiches 
Add some smoky heat to your turkey sandwiches!

Cranberry Sauce Hand Pies
Use your cranberry sauce as a filling for these individual pies!

Cranberry Sauce Roll Ups
Touted as sure to please even those that don’t like cranberry sauce!

Other Leftovers

Brunch Ideas
Turn your leftovers into brunch with a Pepper Jack Quiche and Cranberry Orange Cinnamon Rolls

Thanksgiving Leftovers Soup
Combine your leftover gravy, turkey meat, vegetables, and stuffing, then prepare to be wow’d!

Mashed Potato Patties
Make the comfort food last an extra day with this simple recipe.

Thanksgiving Leftovers Casserole
Combine all of the leftovers in one dish for the perfect combination (those that can’t stand their food to touch, look away!)

Bacon Wrapped Stuffing Bites
Perfect finger food for all the football games on Thanksgiving weekend!

Mashed Potato Cinnamon Rolls
Turn those leftover mashed potatoes that no one will touch into cinnamon rolls that will be gone in the blink of an eye!

Mashed Potato Rolls
Cinnamon rolls too much of a stretch? Try this recipe for soft, sweet, and flavorful rolls!

Stuffing Stuffed Burgers
A new twist on a meat & potatoes dinner!

Ham & Potato Soup
A very versatile soup to please even the pickiest eaters in your home.

Puerto Rican Style Bacon & Cheese Mini Stuffed Potato Balls
Use your leftover mashed potatoes for this fun side or game day appetizer!

Homemade Chicken Broth
Start this after Thanksgiving dinner and then save it to drink for beneficial health properties, or added flavor in sidde and main dishes.

What do you like to make with your Thanksgiving leftovers?

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Hannah Flack

Monday 28th of September 2020

Iā€™m always wondering what to do with Spag squash. Thanks for the idea ā€“ looks too good not to try šŸ™‚