With so much delicious turkey and a plethora of amazing side dishes that grace your table, it seems like a shame to let any of the time, effort and money you spent on Thanksgiving dinner go to waste. Leftovers can be the best party of the holiday season, in fact, and these 22 recipes are wonderfully creative ways to use them while they last.
A nice, warm soup is perfect for cold weather, so add your leftover turkey to some chicken broth, along with carrots and celery, and cook it with egg noodles for a seasonal spin on chicken noodle soup.
Fold up some puff pastry with your leftover turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce along with some brie for a Thanksgiving take on the empanada.
For a meatless Mexican spin on your leftovers, layer some tortillas with sour cream, cheddar cheese, scallions and mashed potatoes. Top it off with even more sour cream and scallions.
Spread a mix of mustard and cranberry sauce on slices of bread and add stuffing, buttered Brussels sprouts and leftover pumpkin or squash along with some turkey. Butter up the sides of the sandwich and top it with mashed potatoes, an egg and gravy.
This delicious take on shepherd’s pie is filled with turkey, cranberry sauce, green beans, onions, Worcestershire sauce and chicken broth, using up quite a few of your Thanksgiving dishes. The pie is then topped with sweet potatoes mixed with butter, cinnamon and brown sugar for a dish that’s both sweet and savory.
Wrap your leftover turkey and cranberry sauce in mashed potatoes and nori to make a Thanksgiving-style sushi roll. Mix soy sauce with butter and flour for a soy gravy to complete the meal.
Make a quiche with your turkey, adding in some poblano peppers, pepper jack cheese and green onions.
Deviled egg salad with turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce on a bun? Sold.
Very few people don’t love pizza, so turning your leftovers into one isn’t a bad idea. Layer pizza dough with sweet potato and heavy or sour cream, topping it with sliced ham strips, egg and goat cheese.
This pot pie recipe calls for puff pastry to be filled with a combination of turkey, carrots, celery, peas, potatoes and onions in chicken broth.
This filled dumpling recipe calls for turkey sausage, but you can use whatever leftover turkey meat you have along with sweet potatoes, curry powder, garlic and onions.
There’s a lot you can do with macaroni and cheese, and adding some leftover turkey, sweet potatoes, stuffing and peas to the mix results in the ultimate comfort food mashup.
Get creative with your Thanksgiving leftovers by making a zesty cranberry walnut chutney and then pouring a consommé made with turkey, carrots, onions, celery, garlic and chicken stock over it. Make croutons out of your stuffing or dressing to give the soup an added crunch.
Turn your leftover turkey into tacos by shredding it and filling soft corn tortillas with it along with onions and jalapeño. Add a tomatillo-cranberry salsa, as well as any leftover vegetables such as sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts or winter squash.
Toss some chicken wings coated in smoked paprika and garlic powder with a cranberry sweet chili sauce for something both sweet and spicy.
Mix your turkey with mashed potatoes, cheese and parsley before coating in breadcrumbs to make croquettes that you can serve with an aioli made with orange juice, saffron, soy sauce and mayonnaise.
Add turkey, dried cranberries and cremini mushrooms to your Stroganoff for a Thanksgiving twist on this Russian classic.
Chili is an American classic, and turkey is a natural complement to it.
Leftover turkey forms the foundation of a creative turkey salad that’s perfect for serving on some crackers, and it’s also something you can make ahead of time as a simple and unexpected dish for Thanksgiving dinner itself.
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