23 Genius Recipes for Thanksgiving Leftovers

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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, Thanksgiving leftover breakfast, recipes with mashed potato leftovers and everything in between.  Scroll down to see them all, from loaded nachos to shepherd’s pie.

Turkey Tetrazzini

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. Click here to get the recipe.

Breakfast Sandwiches

Your Black Friday breakfast is all set, thanks to Sweet Phi. A basic turkey sandwich is upgraded with a few Thanksgiving-inspired upgrades. Get all the details by clicking here.

Cheesy Mashed Potato Pancakes

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. Click here to grab the recipe.

Thanksgiving Leftover Strata

This amazing leftover strata from The Flavor Bender will knock out a bunch of leftovers at one time: turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce and bread. There’s also cheese, greens and bacon in there for good measure. Get all the details by clicking here.

Buffalo Turkey Grilled Cheese

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. Click here to get the recipe.

Turkey Nachos

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. To get the recipe, click here.

Turkey Noodle Soup

Put all that turkey to good use by whipping up a delicious batch of this turkey noodle soup from The Cook Report. It’ll definitely be lighter than your Thanksgiving feast was, but it’s still packed with flavor thanks to ingredients like tahini, miso and soy sauce. To get the recipe, click here.

Cheesy Cranberry, Bacon and Turkey Sliders

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. Click here to grab the recipe.

Thanksgiving Dinner Casserole

When you’re so sick of turkey you can’t even 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. Get all the details by clicking here.

Cranberry Turkey Mozzarella Pull-Apart Bread

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? Click here to get your hands on the recipe.

Turkey and Stuffing Hash

Turkey’s not just for dinner! Take inspiration from Trampling Rose and make a yummy turkey and stuffing hash for breakfast. Topped with leftover gravy and eggs, it’s a delicious way to repurpose your holiday feast. To get the recipe, click here.

Turkey Teriyaki Stir-Fry

For a super easy 15-minute dinner, whip up this stir-fry from Bless Her Heart Y’all using the last of your turkey. Made with rice noodles, a quick sauce and whatever veggies you have on hand, it’s also a light meal that tastes great after days of heavy eating. To get the recipe, click here.

Waffled Brunch

FoodNetwork.com devised this clever way to use your leftovers for brunch the next morning. Simply fill the waffle iron with stuffing, and you've got yourself a stuffing waffle in just four to six minutes. For the full how-to, click over to FoodNetwork.com.

Thanksgiving Leftover Bagel Sandwiches

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. Click here to get the recipe.

Turkey and Wild Rice Soup

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. Click here to get the scoop.

White Turkey Chili

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. Click here to grab the recipe.

Shepherd's Pie Casserole

Turn your feast into a classic comfort food dish. The best part? This version of shepherd's pie from Kalyn's Kitchen is lightened up with a cauliflower garlic topping rather than mashed potatoes. To snag the recipe, click here.

Orange Cranberry Muffins

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. To get the recipe, click here.

Thanksgiving Leftover Pizza

We've never seen a pizza quite like this before! With cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and turkey, this recipe from Jelly Toast is bound to become a new after-Thanksgiving tradition for your family. Get the recipe by clicking here.

Turkey and Stuffing Turnovers

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

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, butter, and you'll have a completely different meal in 60 minutes. Check out the full recipe by clicking here


Bacon Provolone Pita Pockets

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! Get the recipe here

Turkey Tetrazzini

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. Get her recipe here



—Susie Foresman with Jesseca Stenson

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