On Thanksgiving, there is no such thing as too much leftover turkey or too many unfinished sides. Every part of your holiday feast can be reused within the next few days for next-level lunches and dinners. For all your day-after-turkey-day needs, here are 25 casseroles, sandwiches, soups and more you can make with your Thanksgiving leftovers.
Quesadillas are one of the best Mexican dishes to make at home. This easy 10-minute recipe works with any leftover potatoes.
It’s important to know how long your Thanksgiving leftovers last. If you want to use it all up before it spoils, consider piling up all your extra food onto slices of crusty white or sourdough bread and baking until good and gooey.
Comfy, cheesy and cozy casseroles are prime pick-me-up food. This recipe is a turkey take on a traditional tuna noodle casserole for any seafood skeptics.
If not in the mood to bake an entire pot pie, mix all the dish’s traditional ingredients in a medium saucepan and top with a crispy cracker made with refrigerated pie crust.
Bake leftover turkey alongside melty Mexican cheese, green chiles, tomatoes and onions to give your day-after-Thanksgiving dinner a signature Southwestern kick.
For a sandwich better than mom ever made, stack cold turkey, cranberry sauce, spinach and stuffing on halved dinner rolls. Elevate the easy sammy with homemade sage-infused aioli.
Cupcakes are made for more than vanilla frosting and boxed cake mix. These buttermilk biscuits are frosted with all your favorite Thanksgiving fixings: stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, turkey and gravy.
Flaky crescent rolls provide a doughy crust for shredded turkey, cheddar cheese, taco seasoning and veggies to fill when cooking this retro recipe. For best results, bake until bubbly and serve with guacamole.
Covered in crispy fried onions, this turkey and mashed potato bake has a homey feel and creamy taste. Even before preparing this bake, set yourself on the right foot by following one of our best mashed potato recipes.
If you're running low on bread, opt for this open-faced hot turkey sandwich. If you have more bread than you know what to do with, take your pick from these recipes to finish off a loaf.
Chock full of red potatoes, corn, cooked turkey and bacon, this chowder is peak New Englander lunch. Plus, it’s easy to prepare and fully cooks in just half an hour.
Thyme, paprika, crushed red pepper and allspice are all part of what makes this turkey take on a historic Mexican meal a post-holiday hit. Didn’t make turkey? You can swap out leftover turkey with leftover chicken, ham, pot roast or whatever meat you have in the fridge.
Be warned. You may need to take a nap after snacking on these turkey Cuban sliders made with turkey, honey ham, yellow mustard, swiss cheese and pickles.
Typically made with seafood or chicken, paella can also benefit from perfectly cooked and carved turkey. Flavor yours with an apple sofrito made of apples, fennel and mushrooms.
Unlike other leftover sandwich recipes, this one calls for piling all the best side dishes and turkey up on a sandwich bun, not a slice of bread. Extra cranberry sauce is also cooked with mustard, ketchup and brown sugar for an unexpected homemade gravy.
Casseroles are among the best holiday dishes to make ahead and freeze. They make for equally easy and filling cooking after the big day too.
Parents listen up, this is one easy lunch kids will actually eat. You will also be glad to know these BBQ turkey sliders take just 20 minutes to prepare and cook. With the extra time, queue up that happy show you’ve been meaning to binge-watch and relax.
Pumpernickel slices star in this ultimate leftover panini. Is it unseasonably warm where you are? This recipe also makes an excellent addition to any picnic basket menu.
Although the games may have been played Thanksgiving Day, game day food tastes just as good the day after. Case in point, these leftover turkey nachos.
Rice is the unsung hero of your pantry. Lay this flavorful turkey recipe over a bed of plain white rice for an easy and fail-proof way to fill your belly.
Counted among our best burger recipes, this turkey burger is topped with a homemade cranberry chutney you can make with any berries left over from yesterday’s pie.
It’s up to you to decide whether you prepare this leftover casserole the day of Thanksgiving or make it a primetime dish alongside some of the other 101 best Thanksgiving recipes.
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