Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes

Transform Thanksgiving leftovers into delicious soups, casseroles, and more. Make new dishes out of your leftover turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and cranberry sauce.

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Leftover Thanksgiving Salad

Rating: 4.67 stars
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This simple recipe is based on the leftovers I had from Thanksgiving. It's great served on toasted, rustic bread. I hope you enjoy it!

Turkey Tom Kha Gai

Rating: 4.82 stars
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One of the great blessings, and curses, of Thanksgiving is leftover turkey. That's where this spicy Thai coconut soup recipe comes in. This is my take on Tom Kha Gai, and as usual I make no claim as to its authenticity. I do know it tastes amazing and will make you forget you even roasted a turkey. Garnish with chili oil, cilantro leaves, and lime wedges.

Thanksgiving Leftovers Monkey Bread

Rating: 3.67 stars
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An easy and delicious way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers. Serve with gravy or cranberry sauce!

Leftover Thanksgiving Wedge Pies

Rating: 4.8 stars
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Turn Thanksgiving leftovers into these delicious handheld pies! Serve with gravy and cranberry sauce.

Apple Crisp with Cranberry Sauce

Rating: 4.57 stars
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I devised this recipe when I was trying to use up that leftover homemade cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving! You could probably also use canned whole cranberry sauce for this recipe.

Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole

Rating: 4.4 stars
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Turkey, mashed potatoes, cheese, a special sauce, and some little extras combine to make a tasty casserole for 'the day after.' Absolutely delicious way to use those tasty Thanksgiving leftovers.

Southwestern Turkey Soup

Rating: 4.61 stars
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An interesting solution to the leftover Thanksgiving turkey dilemma. My 2 1/2 year old daughter helped me make it this year. I like to serve it with warm corn bread.
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Leftover Turkey Spring Rolls with Cranberry Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce

Rating: 4.43 stars
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This lends classic Asian flavors with an all-American twist. I suggest enlisting the help of a couple of people rolling the spring rolls. This takes up the majority of the prep time. I bake the rolls instead of frying them to cut down on the calories, but you can deep fry them for extra flavor. If you can't find spring roll wrappers, use the egg roll wrappers. They don't bake well, so deep-fry them instead. Use real soy sauce brewed from soybeans, and not the stuff with caramel coloring and salt.

Wild Rice Salad

Rating: 4.61 stars
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Easy to make and tastes wonderful. You can use either turkey or chicken. You can serve it plain, on salad greens, or in a pita. Very versatile. If in season, try substituting black cherries for the grapes.

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Inspiration and Ideas

Leftover Turkey Meals to Freeze

Turn Thanksgiving leftovers into 5-star casseroles, manicotti, enchiladas, and more! Pop them in the freezer, and you have meals for the busy weeks ahead.

Grandma Carlson's Turkey Pot Pie

Rating: Unrated
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Transform leftover turkey and fresh vegetables into a cozy meal.

Bacon Cheddar Patty Cakes

Rating: 4.06 stars
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I always seem to have leftover mashed potatoes in my fridge. This is a great recipe to use them up.