15 Quick and Delicious Ways to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers

By Laurel Randolph on 26 November 2014 0 comments

After an enormous Thanksgiving feast, you may think you'll never be hungry again. But eventually, you will be.

So here are 15 quick and easy ways to turn your holiday leftovers into another couple of delicious meals.

1. Sandwiches

This Thanksgiving remake is popular for a reason — it's easy, fast, and delicious. A turkey sandwich is always a good choice, and you can even pile on practically all of your leftovers to make a big post-holiday lunch. For a twist, fry up Monte Cristos using extra turkey and cranberry sauce.

2. Potato Pancakes

Is your fridge full of leftover mashed potatoes? Not that anyone is complaining, but try making a whole new dish by adding scallions, egg, and a little cheese before pan frying as patties. Serve with sour cream or leftover gravy.

3. Turkey Pot Pie

Re-invent all of that extra turkey and chicken broth into delicious pot pies. They're easy to make and will fool everyone into thinking you slaved over a whole new meal.

4. Stuffed Mushrooms

Make a little too much stuffing? Transform it into this easy and impressive appetizer and you'll be happy that you did! Ideal for a party or small gathering.

5. Cranberry Cocktail

Use leftover cranberry sauce in a whole new way by mixing up some cocktails. The sweetness and acidity add a fun element to a mixed drink and turn it a nice shade of pink.

6. Sweet Potato Bread

A great way to totally rework leftover sweet potatoes is by making bread. The lightly sweet and spiced bread is great for breakfast or a snack. If you're using already sweetened mashed sweet potatoes, be sure to decrease the sugar called for in the bread recipe.

7. Turkey Salad

Instead of making chicken salad, make turkey salad! It's quick and just as tasty, and makes a great light lunch in the days following your big meal. Pack it up with some bread or a salad and take it to work.

8. Pie Shakes

Leftover pie isn't usually a big problem, but if you're ready to move on to a different sweet treat, try turning your pie into milkshakes. You can have your pie and drink it, too!

9. Baked Eggs in Stuffing Cups

For a fun post-Thanksgiving brunch or lunch, try these eggs nestled on top of stuffing and baked. Eggy, bready goodness that's easy to make and pairs great with a side salad.

10. Cranberry Muffins

Put your extra cranberry sauce to good use and make cranberry muffins. They make a perfect breakfast treat for any guests that might be sticking around. Pack them in an airtight container and they can be frozen for later.

11. Bubble and Squeak

A British staple, bubble and squeak is a tasty way to use leftover mashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts. Add some bacon, serve with a salad, and you've got a brand new meal.

12. Soup

A great way to use excess turkey and veggies is to make a hearty soup. Serve with crusty bread and this quick meal will feel brand new.

13. Stuffing Waffles

Try something new and give your leftover stuffing and gravy new life by turning them into unexpectedly delicious waffles. These will be the talk of the dinner table for days!

14. Sweet Potato Pancakes

No one will be complaining about eating leftovers after you serve these yummy sweet potato pancakes. Be sure to reduce the sugar if you are using already sweetened potatoes. These would taste great with leftover cranberry sauce.

15. Shepherd's Pie

Looking to serve up a lot of leftovers without repeating your holiday meal? Practically every Thanksgiving staple can be used in this shepherd's pie.

How do you re-mix your Thanksgiving leftovers? Please share in comments!

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