22 things you wouldn’t think to make with your Thanksgiving leftovers
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22 Things You Wouldn’t Think to Make With Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

Leftovers can be the best part of the season
22 things you wouldn’t think to make with your Thanksgiving leftovers
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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.

Sensational Turkey Noodle Soup

Sensational Turkey Noodle Soup
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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.

Click here for the Sensational Turkey Noodle Soup recipe.

Turkey Leftover Empanada

Turkey Leftover Empanada
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Fold up some puff pastry with your leftover turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce along with some brie for a Thanksgiving take on the empanada.

Click here for the Turkey Leftover Empanada recipe.

Mashed Potato Quesadillas

Mashed Potato Quesadillas
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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.

Click here for the Mashed Potato Quesadillas recipe.

White Turkey Lasagna

White Turkey Lasagna
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Chop up your leftover turkey and turn it into a delicious lasagna. Mix the turkey with ricotta and mozzarella cheese, spinach, egg, oregano and garlic, and then layer it with no-boil noodles and Alfredo sauce.

Click here for the White Turkey Lasagna recipe.

Day-After-Thanksgiving Croque Madame

Day-After-Thanksgiving Croque Madame
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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.

Click here for the Day-After-Thanksgiving Croque Madame recipe.

Turkey and Cranberry Shepherd’s Pie with Sweet Potato Topping

Turkey and Cranberry Shepherd’s Pie with Sweet Potato Topping
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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.

Click here for the Turkey and Cranberry Shepherd’s Pie with Sweet Potato Topping recipe.

Pumpkin Risotto

Pumpkin Risotto
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If you have leftover canned pumpkin, heat it up and mix it with some rice and vegetable broth to make a seasonal risotto. Add pumpkin seeds, coconut oil and pecans for added flavor and crunch.

Click here for the Pumpkin Risotto recipe.

Turkey Dinner Sushi Roll

Turkey Dinner Sushi Roll
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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.

Click here for the Turkey Dinner Sushi Roll recipe.

Poblano Turkey Quiche

Poblano Turkey Quiche
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Make a quiche with your turkey, adding in some poblano peppers, pepper jack cheese and green onions.

Click here for the Poblano Turkey Quiche recipe.

Turkey Salad Thanksgiving Sandwich

Turkey Salad Thanksgiving Sandwich
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Deviled egg salad with turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce on a bun? Sold.

Click here for the Turkey Salad Thanksgiving Sandwich recipe.

Thanksgiving Leftovers Pizza

Thanksgiving Leftovers Pizza
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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.

Click here for the Thanksgiving Leftovers Pizza recipe.

Turkey Pot Pie

Turkey Pot Pie
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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.

Click here for the Turkey Pot Pie recipe.

Fried Sweet Potato Turkey Dumplings

Fried Sweet Potato Turkey Dumplings
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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.

Click here for the Fried Sweet Potato Turkey Dumplings.

Thanksgiving Leftover Mac and Cheese

Thanksgiving Leftover Mac and Cheese
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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.

Click here for the Thanksgiving Leftover Mac and Cheese recipe.

Turkey Consommé with Cranberry Walnut Chutney

Turkey Consommé with Cranberry Walnut Chutney
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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.

Click here for the Turkey Consommé with Cranberry Walnut Chutney recipe.

Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Tacos

Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Tacos
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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.

Click here for the Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Tacos recipe.

Cranberry Sweet Chili Wings with Creamy Feta Sauce

Cranberry Sweet Chili Wings with Creamy Feta Sauce
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Toss some chicken wings coated in smoked paprika and garlic powder with a cranberry sweet chili sauce for something both sweet and spicy.

Click here for the Cranberry Sweet Chili Wings with Creamy Feta Sauce recipe.

Turkey Manchego Croquettes with Orange Saffron Aioli

Turkey Manchego Croquettes with Orange Saffron Aioli
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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.

Click here for the Turkey Manchego Croquettes with Orange Saffron Aioli recipe.

Corn Soufflé

Corn Soufflé
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Take your leftover creamed corn and turn it into a quick and easy corn soufflé.

Click here for the Corn Soufflé recipe.

Turkey Stroganoff with Mushrooms and Cranberries

Turkey Stroganoff with Mushrooms and Cranberries
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Add turkey, dried cranberries and cremini mushrooms to your Stroganoff for a Thanksgiving twist on this Russian classic.

Click here for the Turkey Stroganoff with Mushrooms and Cranberries recipe.

Black Bean, Corn and Turkey Chili

Black Bean, Corn and Turkey Chili
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Cranberry and Cayenne Turkey Salad

Cranberry and Cayenne Turkey Salad
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