Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

Publish Date September 1, 2022 3 Minute Read

Thanksgiving dinner is the gift that keeps on giving, since you can keep gobbling up those delicious leftovers for days.

However, there are only so many turkey sandwiches you can eat, and they need to be eaten within a certain amount of time. The USDA recommends that leftovers be eaten within 4 days, so whatever’s not finished by Cyber Monday should be tossed out – or at least moved to the freezer.

To expand your menu options for those delicious Thanksgiving leftovers, we’ve rounded up some recipe ideas you’re sure to love.

Thanksgiving Leftovers for Breakfast

Why wait to get started? Kick-start Black Friday shopping with a breakfast bake, mixing turkey with eggs, cheese and butter.

Turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes can also mix with eggs in a breakfast burrito, and a savory breakfast hash can star turkey, stuffing and dressing topped with a fried egg.

Lunch Leftovers

Turkey chili makes an all-star game day lunch on a weekend spent watching football. If you prefer soup, leftover turkey teams wonderfully with veggies and chicken stock.

Sandwiches, of course, are the traditional showcase for leftovers. Turkey, lettuce and tomato is a classic combo, and turkey pairs well with stuffing and gravy in an open-faced sandwich. Our Turkey Bacon Ranch Sliders will be sure to win over your houseguests.

Day-after Dinners

Casseroles such as our turkey and rice casserole are a classic encore for Thanksgiving leftovers, as are pot pies or a perfectly flaked hand pie.

Ready to get experimental? Gravy and mashed potatoes swap in for traditional red sauce in a loaded leftover pizza recipe. Turkey and sweet potatoes form the core of our Stacked Enchiladas. Crack open a couple eggs to bind your leftover stuffing into a batter, and you can bake waffles then top them with mashed potatoes and gravy.

For a festive fall treat, you can assemble a leftover charcuterie board made entirely of leftovers.

And don’t forget those leftover veggies; we suggest an easy Sheet Pan Vegetables with Tempeh dinner.

Favorite Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes


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