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50 Ways to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers

Turkey_Leftovers_BlogTurkey day is almost here! We’ve already discussed how to pick a turkey, gone through a few ideas for some crowd-pleasing sides, talked about the best dessert, and helped get your fridge ready. So we’ve covered everything, right? Almost. It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without lots of leftovers. And lots of delicious ways to enjoy them. Here’s a list of our 50 top ways to turn those extras into gifts that keep on giving. P.S. Click on the links to see recipe ideas from our favorite websites.


1. Make a sandwich
2. Add it chopped or shredded to pasta
3. Toss it into a stir fry
4. Use it on top of a salad
5. Throw it into fried rice
6. Put it on top of pizza
7. Shred it and stir it into soup
8. Dice it up and swap it into your favorite chicken salad recipe
9. Save the bones for making stock
10. Stir it into curry sauce
11. Make mini shredded turkey sliders
12. Add it to an omelette
13. Make turkey nachos, tacos, or burritos
14. Use it in a casserole
15. Create a turkey pot pie
16. Finely mince it and use to stuff dumplings
17. Put it on top of ramen
18. Stuff peppers or squash with a mix of turkey and stuffing
19. Make chili
20. Add it to a hash with cubed potatoes
21. Bake it into a quiche or frittata
22. Make turkey and dumplings
23. Stuff it into empanadas
24. Put it on crostini
25. Make more sandwiches!

Sides & Desserts

1. Shape chilled mashed potatoes into patties and fry them
2. Use mashed potatoes as a topping for shepherd’s pie
3. Whip up pancakes with canned pumpkin or mashed sweet potato
4. Puree leftover carrots or squash into a smooth soup
5. Make sweet potato bread
6. Use stuffing to make a casserole
7. Whip up stuffing muffins
8. Add green beans and other veggies to stir-fries or fried rice
9. Make a green bean salad
10. Stuff ravioli with pumpkin puree
11. Chop up your veggies and put them in a quesadilla
12. Toss roasted veggies into a salad or grain bowl
13. Pour gravy onto fries and make poutine
14. Dip a sandwich in gravy
15. Make cranberry salsa
16. Add cranberries to baked goods
17. Swirl cranberry sauce into Greek yogurt
18. Put cranberries or cranberry sauce in your oatmeal
19. Mix cranberry sauce into a cocktail
20. Make a cranberry dressing for salad
21. Serve cranberries with Brie
22. Turn leftover bread or rolls into bread pudding
23. Blend pie and ice cream to make a milkshake
24. Make ice cream with pie chunks
25. Treat yourself to a pumpkin spice latte

Do you have your own genius idea for using Thanksgiving leftovers? Let us know in the comments!

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