20 Recipes to Repurpose Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

So last week, I met this guy. I was out with some friends, and he was CUTE — we made it through a bit of small talk, but then found ourselves in a bit of a conversational lag. Naturally, with the holiday just around the corner, he steered the conversation to a safe, easy topic: “What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food?”

Now, if I was a normal person, I would’ve giggled coquettishly, batted my eyelashes, and said something adorable like “I love turkey with just a touch of cranberry sauce,” while simultaneously stroking his arm and moving on to discuss his biceps. I, however, am not a normal person — after making a rather guttural sound of excitement, I declared, “STUFFING. Definitely the stuffing. No, wait, do sweet potatoes count? How about the corn? Oh, also my Grandma makes great rolls. Oh and the PIE!”

If you couldn’t tell, I love Thanksgiving food. And who doesn’t? Thanksgiving brings out all our inner Ina Gartens, and it’s some of the best food we eat all year. The sad part, though? It only gets to happen ONE day a year. ONE.

But fear not! There’s a way to solve this sad problem. Instead of simply enjoying Thanksgiving fare for one little meal, you can use your leftovers in creative ways for days to come. Here, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite ways to utilize those Ina-worthy dishes. Perhaps I should bring one next time I see that cute guy — you know, to redeem myself.


1. Turkey, Smashed Avocado,Cranberry, Brie and Mashed Potato Waffle Melts

2. 10-Minute Turkey Salad Sandwiches

Source: The Everygirl

3. Turkey Bolognese

Source: Jelly Toast

4. Thanksgiving Leftovers Croque Madame

5. Turkey Tortilla Soup

6. Grilled Turkey & Brie Cranwich

7. Turkey Apple Brie Flatbread

8. Homemade Gnocchi with Leftover Mashed Potatoes

9. Turkey and Stuffing Eggs Benedict

Source: Taste of Home

10. Thanksgiving in a Blanket

Source: Delish

11. Arugula Pesto Turkey Tartine

12. Turkey, Cranberry, and Brie Crescent Braid

13. Cheesy Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes

Source: Just a Taste

14. Leftover Turkey & Rice Soup

Source: Delish

15. Turkey Pot Pie

Source: Sugar Spun Run

16. Cran Turkey Enchiladas

Source: Belly Full

17. Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Pesto Panini

Source: Damn Delicious

18. Easy 30-Minute Turkey Noodle Soup

Source: Averie Cooks

19. Leftover Thanksgiving Ham Cobb Salad

Source: Damn Delicious

20. Leftover Turkey and Stuffing Stuffed Peppers

Source: Delish

How do you repurpose leftovers? Share your tips or recipes in the comments below!

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