15 Genius Recipes for Thanksgiving Leftovers

Turkey chili is a good thanksgiving leftover reicpe Juanita's Cocina

10 lbs. of turkey look a lot more appetizing when you’ve got Thanksgiving leftover recipes to try

If you’re looking at a mountain of leftovers without any idea of what to do, we’ve got you covered. Transform all that food with our Thanksgiving leftover recipes. We’re talking Thanksgiving leftover casseroles, recipes with mashed potato leftovers, and everything in between. And if you are just totally over it, check out our favorite frozen foods from Trader Joe’s that take almost no time to prepare. 


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Turkey Tetrazzini

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Greens & Chocolate

Transform your leftover turkey into the ultimate comfort food inspired by Greens & Chocolate. Egg noodles, turkey, and mushrooms are bathed in a deliciously cheesy sauce, then it’s all topped with crunchy breadcrumbs. 

Cheesy Mashed Potato Pancakes

leftover Thanksgiving recipes
Connoisseurus Veg

Turkey Day leftovers aren’t just for meat-eaters! Take inspiration from Connoisseurs Veg to whip up this vegetarian-friendly dish with your leftover mashed potatoes. We’re drooling over that perfectly crispy crust. 

Buffalo Turkey Grilled Cheese

turkey grilled cheese is a good thanksgiving leftover recipe
Whitney Bond

When in doubt, add buffalo sauce! This simple idea from Whitney Bond is a great way to refresh those leftovers. Plus, you can sneak some veggies in for crunch. 

Turkey Nachos

Turkey nachos are a good Thanksgiving leftover recipe
Bless Her Heart Y’all

These nachos from Bless Her Heart Y’all are the perfect accompaniment for those post-Thanksgiving football games or movie nights. With plenty of melty cheese and veggies, they’re also a nice change of pace from typical holiday food.

Cheesy Cranberry, Bacon and Turkey Sliders

Simple Seasonal

These drool-worthy sliders from Simple Seasonal can knock out three types of leftovers at once: dinner rolls, cranberry sauce, and turkey. If you’ve got guests sticking around on Black Friday and beyond, this is the perfect way to feed a crowd.

Thanksgiving Dinner Casserole

Thanksgiving casserole is a good Thanksgiving leftover recipe
Make-Ahead Meal Mom

When you’re so sick of turkey you can’t look at it anymore, that’s when you should prep this genius casserole from Make-Ahead Meal Mom. Once it’s assembled, just throw it in the freezer, and it’s ready to go once you’re ready for a mini Thanksgiving feast in a month or two. 

Cranberry Turkey Mozzarella Pull-Apart Bread

Whitney Bond

This pull-apart bread from Whitney Bond is the stuff of snacking dreams. Sourdough bread is filled with mozzarella cheese, turkey, and cranberry sauce, then baked until it’s melty and delicious. Drooling yet?

Thanksgiving Leftover Bagel Sandwiches

Thanksgiving Leftover Bagel Sandwiches
Leah Nolan

For a hearty breakfast or lunch, pair your leftover turkey with pesto and cranberries to make this drool-worthy bagel sandwich from Glitter and Bubbles. Topped off with cream cheese and butter lettuce, it’s sure to be a winning combination. 

Turkey and Wild Rice Soup

Turkey and wild rice soup is a great Thanksgiving leftover recipe
The Skinny Fork

Warm up with a big bowl of turkey and wild rice soup. This recipe from The Skinny Fork is hearty but healthy, not to mention the perfect weeknight dinner for picky kids. 

White Turkey Chili

Turkey chili is a good thanksgiving leftover reicpe
Juanita’s Cocina

Try out a twist on your classic chili with this recipe from Juanita’s Cocina. It’s easy to adjust to your family’s tastes, making it spicier or milder as needed. 

Orange Cranberry Muffins

Girl in the Little Red Kitchen

We’re always left with half a bag of fresh cranberries after Thanksgiving, and now we’ve finally found the perfect use for them: these tasty muffins from Girl in the Little Red Kitchen

Turkey and Stuffing Turnovers

A Family Feast

These turnovers look pretty impressive (read: hard to make), but they’ll actually come together quickly with the help of frozen puff pastry sheets. Fill the pastry with turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy, and you’ll have a mini feast ready in no time. Check out the recipe at A Family Feast.

Turkey Pot Pie

A Taste of Madness

When in doubt, make a pie! A pot pie, that is. Cathleen over at A Taste of Madness came up with a delicious solution to those turkey leftovers. All it takes is some prepared pie crusts, and butter, and you’ll have a completely different meal in 60 minutes. 

 

Bacon Provolone Pita Pockets

Toni via Boulder Locavore

Take your leftover sandwiches to the next level with Toni from Boulder Locavore. You’ll love her combo of turkey, cranberry sauce, and her secret weapon: bacon! 

Turkey Tetrazzini

Sara via Bitz N Giggles

When you still don’t know how to use up the extra turkey from Thanksgiving dinner, Sara from Bitz N Giggles has a great idea to transform those leftovers into something totally new. Her recipe for turkey tetrazzini is just the ticket, and it couldn’t be simpler.

 

 

 

 

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