9 Reasons to be Thankful for Thanksgiving Leftovers

A guide to how to use your Thanksgiving leftovers in new meals

There are more ways to eat your Thanksgiving leftovers than just in the classic leftover turkey sandwich. Recipes such as cranberry relish, thanksgiving wontons, and sweet potato biscuits are a few other ways to use up those leftovers.

Thanksgiving has always been known as a holiday that brings people together to enjoy an excessive amount of food. Traditionally serving game birds and a feast of various indigenous produce like squash, corn, and apples, Thanksgiving was started as an intimate experience shared between two vastly different cultures. Today, however, we celebrate Thanksgiving in the most decadent ways possible, by brining our turkeys and filling our table with stuffings and sweet potatoes, watching football, and of course, over-indulging in pumpkin pie. One problem that always remains with the decadence of this holiday, though, is leftovers.

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Everyone knows the classic leftover Thanksgiving turkey sandwich , but there’s only so many days in a row you can eat it, and you’d still be left with leftovers from your holiday meal. To make your Thanksgiving leftovers a little more exciting than a sandwich, we’ve thought of ways to reuse them in new and delicious dishes you might not have thought of.


A traditional thanksgiving table can have ten or more dishes on the table at once, giving you a lot of different options when it comes to re-creating those leftovers as main ingredients. Dishes like croquettes, curries, macaroni and cheese, relish, and even milkshakes, all have a little room for some Thanksgiving leftovers in their recipes. You might just find, especially if you love turkey and cranberry all on their own, that some of these recipes could even beat your Thanksgiving dinner.