Recipe for thanksgiving leftovers


Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Which is funny, because when I was a kid I remember it being one of my LEAST favorite holidays. We cook all day and then eat dinner weirdly early and then take a nap? “BORINGGGGG,” said 8-year-old-Jessie.

Fast forward a few decades and now my attitude is more liiiiiike: We get to cook all day? And then STUFF OUR FACES? And then NAP? All while DRINKING?! “AWESOME,” says 25-year-old Jessie. <– GROWTH.

As a notorious buy-too-big-of-a-turkey-er and overestimate-the-mashed-potatoes-er, I’ve come to love recipes that help me use up Thanksgiving leftovers as much as I love the original dishes themselves. After a few days, we’re all ready for a bit of a shake-up to the ol’ “let’s heat up more turkey and mashed potatoes” routine, am I right? So I’ve put together a handy list of 20 of my favorite ways to repurpose those Thanksgiving leftovers. Some of the recipes in this list call for chicken or require a few tweaks, but I’ve noted any substitutions you might need to make.

Ready? Begin!


1. Cranberry Mayonnaise

Soooo, I’m not much of a cranberry sauce person. But I am 110% a cranberry MAYONNAISE person. Follow this recipe as written but substitute leftover cranberry sauce for the cranberries called for in the recipe. Then slather it on turkey sandwiches and do a happy dance. It is seriously SO GOOD.

2. Homemade Turkey Stock

If you haven’t made your own turkey stock yet, you haven’t lived. Making your own stock is the best! It’s insanely easy, makes your house smell amazing, and lets you control the salt content and additives in your stock so you can keep it on the healthier side. Freeze extra stock to pul out for soups throughout the winter!

3. Potato and Cheese Pierogis

These pierogis are one of our favorite Thanksgiving traditions, and it’s easy to repurpose those tasty mashed potato leftovers into some post-thanksgiving pierogi love! Swap your leftover mashed potatoes for the filling portion of the recipe and follow the rest of the directions as written.

4. Pesto Turkey Orzo Soup

This is one of my FAVORITE soup recipes. It technically calls for chicken, but just use turkey instead and you’ll be golden! It’s easy, quick, relatively healthy, and perfect for these cold-weather days.

5. Turkey Enchilada Lasagna

This is another one that originally calls for chicken, but just swap it for turkey and follow the recipe as written. Then faceplant right on into this cheesy, sauce-y, lasagna-y goodness.

6. Pumpkin Bread French Toast

Healthy foods are for January. Use that leftover pumpkin bread for this tasty french toast and take your post-Thanksgiving breakfast to a whole new level!

7. Turkey Pot Pies

Post-Thanksgiving pot pies have become as much a tradition for me as the actual Thanksgiving food. I make a big batch, assemble everything, and keep a few pot pies in the freezer so we can pull them out for easy dinners throughout the winter.

8. Blackberry Infused Vodka

Or any kind of fruit-infused vodka, really, to help you use up any booze-y leftovers (wait, what are those?) your guests may have left lying around. Infusing your own vodka is a fun way to take care of any excessive alcohol without being stuck with twelve days of vodka tonics.

9. Drunk French Toast

While we’re on the subject of drinking, let’s talk booze-for-breakfast. THIS FRENCH TOAST IS EVERYTHING. Use leftover bread, soak it in a faaaabulous whiskey-and-custard-mix, and fry it up . Bonus points if you top it with leftover cranberry sauce!

10. Turkey Salad Sandwiches with Grapes and Greek Yogurt

I loooooooove this recipe as a chicken salad, and it’s even better with Thanksgiving leftovers as a turkey salad on leftover pumpernickel (my bread of choice for Thanksgiving stuffing). Grapes and Greek Yogurt keep it on the light side while lending a hint of sweetness and freshness.

11. Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed mushrooms are an AWESOME way to use up those Thanksgiving leftovers. Swap the chicken for turkey in this BBQ Chicken and Pepper Jack Stuffed Mushroom recipe, or stuff mushrooms with leftover stuffing and top with a bit of cheese, then bake as instructed.

12. Turkey, Corn, and Black Bean Chili

I first made this chili more than two years ago, and it’s STILL one of my most favorite things ever. Swap ground turkey for a few cups of chopped leftover turkey pieces and follow the rest of the directions as written for a hearty and healthy chili.

13. Rosemary Browned Butter Mashed Potatoes with Goat Cheese and Balsamic Glaze

Phew. Say THAT ten times fast. Top your leftover potatoes with goat cheese and this balsamic reduction and prepare to be amazed.

14. Chicken apple Salad Lettuce Wraps

These wraps are a great way to use up not just leftover turkey, but any leftover apples as well.

15. Easy Turkey Burrito Bowls

This is the perfect solution for those post-Thanksgiving food coma days when you’re craving leftovers, but maybe with a side of nutrients? Load a bowl up with leftover turkey then add rice, a bucketful of veggies, and a tasty, easy-to-make crema for a healthy option. This recipe calls for chicken, but substitute your turkey leftovers and any other veggies you have on hand to make it your own.

16. 30 Minute Chorizo and Arugula Hash

I looooove this hash, and it’s even better when you add a handful of leftover Thanksgiving turkey. Bonus points for adding leftover stuffing as well, and crisping it up with the potatoes.

17. Mushroom, Spinach, and Turkey Lasagna

This lasagna is one of my FAVORITES, and it’s a great way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers. PLUS, it freezes really well – so you can make a big batch and keep a lasagna or two in the freezer for easy meals during the busy holiday season. Follow the recipe as written, but stir a few cups of chopped turkey into the sauce before assembling the lasagna. (I’ve also added leftover spinach dip to the sauce before – works like a charm!)

18. Cilantro Turkey Chopped Salad

Here’s another tasty option if you’re in I-NEED-VEGETABLES mode after your turkey day spectacular.

19. Healthier Turkey Spinach Alfredo

This is another one that originally called fro chicken, but swap in your turkey leftovers for an easy update!

20. Homemade Apple Butter

Who else totally overestimates the amount of apples they might need for apple pie (or just gets way too excited while apple picking and comes home with more apples than anyone will ever need ever?) Apple Butter to the rescue! Easy, simple, and an amazing way to use up those extra apples.

That’s a wrap! Have a wonderful, wonderful Thanksgiving if you’re celebrating tomorrow, and I’ll see you next week with all-new recipes!

Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole combines all the flavors of the big meal in a simple, easy to make, never dried out dish. This is the best way to use up those leftovers!

Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole

Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole came about a couple of holidays ago when I was staring down a fridge full of plastic containers. Heating up leftovers separately in the microwave can take forever and frankly, I just didn’t have it in me to just serve dried out cartons of food. So I created this casserole and our leftovers have never been the same! This Thanksgiving Dinner Leftover recipe is so easy because it all cooks at the same time and can easily be modified according to how much of each leftover you have. The amounts can vary and it will taste just as good. You can also adapt the ingredients you use in the casserole to fit your preferences, tastes, and what you have left over in the fridge from Thanksgiving Dinner.

Cost Saving Casserole

I like using my leftovers from Thanksgiving in a casserole because it will feed my family for another meal or two. Serve it with some leftover rolls and it is a hot meal with all of the wonderful tastes of Thanksgiving all over again. It is delicious and economical! I hate to see any of the dishes I make for Thanksgiving to go to waste. It takes a lot of time, energy, and money to put on a Thanksgiving dinner and throwing any of it out is not an option at my house!

Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwiches

If you still have leftovers after making this casserole, here’s another delicious idea for leftovers that my family loves. We call them Pilgrim Sandwiches or “Bobbies” because that is what they are called at Capriotti’s – one of our favorite sandwich shops. The ingredients are used straight from the fridge, so the sandwich is cold. If you prefer to heat the ingredients or broil the sandwich, that is good too. See the recipe here.

More Thanksgiving Recipes

This Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole and the Pilgrim Sandwiches are as good as the ingredients that go into them. So try a few of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes and build your leftovers from them. You will never look at leftovers the same again!

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  • Mom’s Famous Turkey Gravy
  • Best Dinner Rolls from Scratch
  • Perfect Mashed Potatoes
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How to Make Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole

Pin Video Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole combines all the flavors of the big meal in a simple, easy to make, never dried out dish. This is the best way to use up those leftovers!
Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 35 minutes Total: 40 minutes Serves: 12 servings


  • 3 cups turkey shredded
  • 1 1/2 cups cranberry sauce
  • 4 cups mashed potatoes
  • 2 cups corn
  • 2 cups turkey gravy
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 4 cups stuffing
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth or to taste


  • Preheat oven to 400-degrees.
  • Combine turkey and cranberry sauce and spread evenly on the bottom of a 9×13 glass baking dish.
  • Evenly press on leftover mashed potatoes and sprinkle corn over the top.
  • Mix together milk and leftover gravy and spread evenly over potatoes and corn.
  • Sprinkle on leftover stuffing and lightly drizzle chicken broth over the top (this will keep the stuffing from drying out).
  • Cover with tin foil and bake at 400-degrees for appx. 35-40 minutes or until heated through.

Recipe Video


Calories: 344kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 597mg | Potassium: 437mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 325IU | Vitamin C: 18.6mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1.5mg Course: Dinner, Main Course Cuisine: American Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole Recipe by: Erica Walker Tried this recipe?Mention @favoritefamilyrecipes or tag #favoritefamilyrecipes!

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It’s Friday morning, you’ve already had two helpings of Thanksgiving Day leftovers and somehow your fridge is still full.

Sound like something you’ve dealt with before?

The great thing about the Internet is that there is an entire corner of recipes dedicated specifically to tackling the tough dilemma of what to do with all of your leftovers.

Some are pretty straight forward, like a loaded hot dish held together by gravy and cranberry sauce . Others give a more imaginative spin on your standard post-Turkey Day spread — hello Thanksgiving Eggs Benedict!

Regardless of your type – classic or crazy – there is something that works for everyone.

Having a plan in place for your leftovers isn’t a necessity but it can help in many ways, including cutting down on food waste and helping keep your fridge clean and organized.

Plus it gives you an excuse to tell your Uncle Tony that no, he cannot take the rest of the turkey home with him. You got some recipes to make!

What I’m Making: Thanksgiving Leftovers Breakfast Burrito

One thing you should know about me is that I’m not afraid to try new things, especially when it comes to food. So when I saw the words ‘breakfast’ & ‘burrito’ pop up in a search thread about ways to use Thanksgiving leftovers, I was in on this meal before the page even finished loading.

Imagine my surprise that the creator of the recipe just so happens to be Emily Vikre, co-owner of Vikre Distillery in Duluth, Minn. As she points out, if you have a large amount of leftovers, why not start with breakfast?

What I like about Emily’s recipe is that she leaves it open to adaptation. What you serve at Thanksgiving and what I serve are going to be different. So when coming up with ways to use the leftovers, it is best to use recipes as a suggested guide and not a set of rules you have to follow verbatim.

Check out the recipe from 52 Food.

Breakfast Hash

Sure, it seemed like a great idea to double that stuffing recipe. But now it is taking up some prime real estate in your fridge and needs to get eaten. This quick hash takes care of your problem by making a savory and sweet breakfast that can be easily thrown together before (or after) some Black Friday shopping.

Find the recipe here from Epicurious.

Thanksgiving Eggs Benedict

This recipe – which the author calls more of a concept and less of an actual recipe — uses gravy in place of the Hollandaise. I say, why not try it with both?

Check it out from The Endless Meal.

Thanksgiving Leftovers Casserole

Too many containers taking up too much space? Sick of heating up individual containers over and over again? This recipe was born from that same frustration and can be used with whatever you have on hand.

See Thrillist’s recipe.

Leftover Thanksgiving Panini

This panini recipe comes to you courtesy of The Pioneer Woman herself, Ree Drummond. It’s an easy, creative spin on the classic day-after sandwiches, taken up a notch with buttery, grilled sourdough bread.

More from Food Network.

Turkey Cranberry Grilled Cheese

A super easy sweet and savory take on a childhood favorite! The perfect way to take your sandwich game up a notch.

Damn Delicious has the recipe.

Cranberry and Turkey Sliders

Hosting more family over the long holiday weekend? Having friends over to watch the Gopher-Badger game? This recipe is perfect for entertaining a large group.

See more from Tammilee Tips.

Leftover Turkey Chili

This is a great option if you want to make something with your leftovers and be able to freeze it right away. Plus serving the chili over mashed potatoes is just too smart to ignore!

Food Network has the recipe.

14 Delicious Recipes to Use Up Those Thanksgiving Leftovers

Thanksgiving dinner is a meal we look forward to all year long. The savory stuffing, the roasted turkey, the cranberry sauce — does it get any better than that? The best part are the leftovers! And we’re talking about more scrumptious meals than the usual turkey sandwich. We’ve scoured the internet for different ways to put that surplus of food — trimmings included — to use. These 14 recipes will have you licking your chops.

1. Thanksgiving Leftover Pop Tarts: These savory pop tarts are filled with cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and bits of tender turkey, then drizzled with gravy for a snack or meal that will knock your socks off. (via The Butter Half)

2. Leftover Turkey Pot Pie: Put the sandwiches on hold, because this turkey pot pie is the *only* way to use those turkey leftovers to their greatest potential. (via Foodess)

3. Leftover Turkey Salad With Cranberry Vinaigrette: Take your comfort food and turn it into something nutritious by topping salad with leftover turkey and a vinaigrette made with leftover cranberries. (via A Sweet Pea Chef)

4. Thanksgiving Leftovers Everything Bagel Sandwich: This recipe stuffs your everything bagel with a poached egg, cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and turkey. (via Spices in My DNA)

5. Aunt Bee’s Leftover Turkey Casserole: It’s cozy casserole season, so this recipe is the perfect way to use up that leftover turkey by adding it to a pasta bake that is rich, creamy, and jam-packed with flavor. (via The Seasoned Mom)

6. Turkey and Wild Rice Soup: Nothing soothes the soul better than a steamy bowl of soup like this, filled to the brim with tender shredded turkey, nourishing veggies, and a generous dollop of Greek yogurt for extra smoothness. (via Lively Table)

7. Deep-Fried Loaded Mashed Potato Bites: If you don’t know what to do with that heap of extra mashed potatoes, we’ve got you covered with these crispy potato, bacon, and cheese-filled bites of glory. (via The Cookie Rookie)

8. Thanksgiving on a Roll: If you want ALL the carbs, this recipe sandwiches turkey and all the fixin’s between a fresh roll and it. Is. Magical. (via What Should I Make For…)

9. Turkey Fajita Rice Bowls: Kick things up a notch and put a healthy spin on your leftover turkey with these veggie-filled fajita rice bowls. (via Whitney Bond)

10. Thanksgiving Leftovers Pierogi: This recipe smashes the traditional pierogi together with leftover Thanksgiving goodies for a fun and seasonal spin on a classic. (via Yes to Yolks)

11. Vegetarian Meatloaf and Cranberry Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich: Vegetarians can enjoy Thanksgiving to the max too, and if anything proves it, it’s this stacked meatless ‘wich that swaps the usual turkey for plant-based meatloaf. (via Jessica in the Kitchen)

12. Leftover Turkey Dinner Hash: These turkey-filled hash patties will make brunch fanatics swoon with their festive flavor and golden crisp exterior. (via Pickled Plum)

13. Turkey Teriyaki Stir-Fry: This feast doesn’t just give you a healthful meal after gorging on holiday eats, but it also serves as a weeknight wonder, clocking in at just 15 minutes from start to finish! (via Bless Her Heart Y’all)

14. Turkey Tetrazzini With Mushrooms: Putting that leftover turkey to use never looked so good with this creamy mushroom and pasta-filled tetrazzini. (via Chef de Home)

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I look forward to a delicious Thanksgiving dinner all year long since I love cooking for my family. However, no matter how much I love all my favorite recipes, like turkey and cranberry sauce, after a few days, I grow tired of the same food items. To solve this problem, I have collected over 50 Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes so that you can create delicious meals with your thanksgiving leftovers.

Easy Recipes for Thanksgiving Leftovers.

Do you ever fall into the same trap of using all of your Thanksgiving left overs in the same old way? Well, this round up of easy Thanksgiving leftover ideas is just for you! We have gathered tons of delicious recipes to help you think outside the box when it comes to serving up those Thanksgiving leftovers.

We have separated them all by category of the food that you might have in your refrigerator after the delicious Thanksgiving feast. So, this year cook a little extra and enjoy these creative thanksgiving leftover recipes.

What should I make after Thanksgiving?

The day after Thanksgiving can be challenging because no one wants to think about having to cook anymore! I love using these great leftover recipes to save time in the kitchen so I can make food for my family with a different great recipe to use up all the roast turkey that’s already in my refrigerator.

Over 50 of the best ways to use Thanksgiving leftovers:

Side note: Some of these recipes may say chicken, but your Thanksgiving turkey would be a lovely substitute.

Delicious Recipes to make with Mashed Potatoes!

I love mashed potatoes and there are so many great options with leftover potatoes. You can easily turn them into a different casserole or serve them deep fried for an entire different flavor. Which one will you try this year?

Muffin Tin Mashed Potatoes, Simply Stacie
Twice Baked Potatoes, Eating on a Dime
Creamed Turkey Over Biscuits, Frugal Foodie Mama
Cheesy Potato Croquettes, Hello Little Home
Mashed Potato Puffs, Fun Recipe World
Mashed Potato, Cheddar and Chive Waffles, Joy the Baker
Duchess Potatoes, Simply Recipes
Loaded Mashed Potato Cakes, Just Putzing Around the Kitchen
Mashed Potato Soup, Katie’s Cucina
Easy Shepherd’s Pie, Favorite Family Recipes
Fried Mashed Potato Balls, Carmel Moments
Loaded Mashed Potato Balls, Cents Less Deals
Fried Mashed Potato Balls, Carmel Moments
Loaded Mashed Potato Crunch, Cinnamon, Spice and Everything Nice
Skillet Shepherd’s Pie, 5 Heart Home
Corn & Cheddar Mashed Potato Fritters, Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen

More Easy Recipes for Leftover Ham:

There is not much better than leftover ham. Make sure you make a little extra this Thanksgiving, so you can enjoy some of these great recipes for leftover ham.

Ham Salad, The Kitchen is My Playground
Spanish Salad with Ham and Olives, Food Done Light
Lightened Ham Salad, Food Done Light
Cheesy Ham and Egg Sandwiches, Thrifty Jinxy
Ham and Egg Breakfast Sandwich, Jenna’s Everything Blog
Ham and Potato Hash, Simply Recipes
Baked Ham and Swiss Sliders, Tastes Better From Scratch
Broccoli, Ham and Cheese Baked Potato, Tastes Better from Scratch
Leftover Hambone Soup, Damn Delicious
Ham and Cheese Bowties, Julie’s Eats and Treats
Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole, Pretty Providence
Navy Bean Soup, Savoring Time in the Kitchen
Cheesy Ham and Potato Bacon Casserole, Oh Sweet Basil
Ham and Cheddar Chowder, My Gluten-Free Kitchen
Scalloped Potatoes and Ham, Musings from a Stay at Home Mom
Easy Ham & Potato Crock Pot Soup, Spend with Pennies

Amazing Ideas for Leftover Green Beans:

Green Bean Casserole Cups, The Tiptoe Fairy
Green Beans and Potatoes, Eating on a Dime
Arkansas Green Beans, Nancy Creative
Turkey Pot Pie, Pink When
Chicken Noodle Casserole, The Taylor House
Green Bean Potato Casserole, Tastes of Lizzy T
Crock Pot Homemade Vegetable Soup, Stockpiling Moms
Oven Roasted Parmesan Green Beans, Ann’s Entitled Life
Balsamic Oven Roasted Green Beans, The Rising Spoon
Roasted Green Beans with Mushrooms, Kalyn’s Kitchen
Green Bean Fries, Tammilee Tips
Bacon Wrapped Green Beans, Testing Trendy… 1, 2, 3
Garlic Lemon Green Beans, She Wears Many Hats

Leftover Stuffing Recipe Ideas:

Bacon Wrapped Stuffing Bites, Walking on Sunshine
Turkey and Stuffing Sliders, The Kitchen is My Playground
Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole, Pink Cake Plate
Sushi Inspired Thanksgiving Turkey Rolls, Arts and Crackers
Mashed Potato and Stuffing Patties, Pocket Change Gourmet
Chicken Ranch Casserole, Hope in Every Season
Stuffing Egg Cups, Jillian Harris
Chicken and Stuffing Bake, Anderson & Grant
Roasted Butternut Squash with Turkey Dressing, MJ and Hungryman
Chicken and Dressing Casserole, The Weary Chef
The Perfect After Thanksgiving Dish, She Knows
Muenster, Mashed Potatoes and Cranberry Stuffing Grilled Cheese, The Modern Mayflower
Slow Cooker Turkey and Stuffing Dumpling Soup, Baked by Rachel

Great Ways to use Leftover Cranberry Sauce:

Cranberry Almond Cream Pastry, Stockpiling Moms
Smoked Turkey Cranberry Orange Sandwich, Stockpiling Moms
Cranberry Orange Chicken, Stockpiling Moms
Baked Brie Bites, A Spicy Perspective
Orange Cranberry Bread Pudding, Magical Recipes
Cranberry Sauce Smoothie, Wonky Wonderful
Cream Cheese Cranberry Dip, Julia’s Eats & Treats
Easy Crock Pot Meatballs, The Frugal Girls
Christmas Coconut Cake, The Galley Gourmet
Bourbon-Infused Cranberry & Goat Cheese Bites – Pizzazzerie
Cranberry Bread Pudding with Honey Whiskey Maple Sauce, Will Cook for Smiles
Cranberry Vinaigrette, The Yummy Life
Turkey Quesadillas with Chipotle Cranberry Sauce, Confections of a Foodie Bride

Last but not Least, the best leftover turkey recipes!

Shredded turkey has the most options to serve as leftovers for your family. You can easily prepare a turkey salad with blue cheese or a turkey sandwich for a quick and delicious meal for your family. Which one of these leftover turkeys recipes will you try first?

Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup, Eating on a Dime
Crockpot Chicken Pot Pie, Eating on a Dime
Slow Cooker Turkey and Stuffing Dumpling Soup, Baked by Rachel
Crockpot Chicken and Vegetable Soup, Eating on a Dime

Ground Turkey Chili, Eating on a Dime
Turkey Noodle Soup, Family Balance Sheet
How to Make Chicken Broth, Eating on a Dime
Creamy Turkey Soup with Rice – This is not Diet Food
One Pot Tex-Mex Chicken Chili, Eating on a Dime
White Chicken Taco Chili, Eating on a Dime
Creamy Turkey Soup, Ann’s Entitled Life
Buffalo Chicken Wing Soup Recipe, Ann’s Entitled Life
Crock Pot Chicken and Dumplings Recipe, Eating on a Dime
Turkey Gumbo, Miss Information
Leftover Turkey Soup, Architecture of a Mom
Perfect Turkey Stock, Simplified Saving
Turkey Gemelli Soup, Coffee with us 3
Crockpot Salsa Chicken, Eating on a Dime
Cream Cheese Turkey and Vegetable Soup, Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Leftover Turkey Casserole with Rice, Confessions of an Over-worked Mom
Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup, Eating on a Dime
Crockpot White Chicken Chili, Coupon Closet
Healthy Easy Turkey Pot Pie, Savory Nothings
Turkey a la Sweet Potatoes, Food Done Light
Chicken or Turkey Divan, Future Expat
Turkey and Dumplings, Stockpiling Moms
Leftover French Onion Turkey Bake, Simply Being Mommy
Leftover Turkey Enchiladas, Grateful
Crockpot Italian Chicken Soup, Eating on a Dime
Easy Chicken Manicotti, Pain Chicken
Leftover Turkey Pockets, Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
Creamed Turkey Over Biscuits, Frugal Foodie Mama
Thanksgiving Casserole, Pink Cake Plate
Chicken Ranch Casserole, Hope in Every Season
Chicken and Stuffing Bake, Anderson & Grant
Chicken and Stuffing Casserole, The Seasoned Mom
The Perfect After Thanksgiving Dish, She Knows
Turkey Pot Pie, Pink When
Chicken Noodle Casserole, The Taylor House
Cheesy Ham, Potato and Green Bean Casserole, Thrifty Frugal Mom
Turkey Wraps, A Mom’s Take
Turkey Crescent Bites, The Kitchen is My Playground
BBQ Chicken Nachos, Simplified Saving
10 Ways to use Leftover Grilled Chicken (or Turkey), Eating on a Dime
Leftover BBQ Turkey, Bacon and Cheddar Cheese Panini, Simply Being Mommy
Leftover Turkey Waldorf Salad, Macheesmo
Skillet Chicken and Rice Burritos, Eating on a Dime

Turkey Tetrazzini, Jaime Cooks It Up!
Turkey and Stuffing Sliders, The Kitchen is My Playground
Sushi Inspired Thanksgiving Turkey Rolls, Arts and Crackers
Turkey Quesadillas with Chipotle Cranberry Sauce, Confections of a Foodie Bride
Chicken & Peppers Stir Fry, Eating on a Dime
Turkey & Sausage Gumbo, Surviving the Stores
Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli, Simply Stacie
Leftover Turkey Noodle Casserole – Who needs a cape?
Creamy Chicken Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes, Eating on a Dime
Thai Red Curry Stir Fry, Mom vs. The Boys
Easy Turkey Meatballs, In the Playroom
Easy Skillet Chicken with Tomatoes, Eating on a Dime

How long does leftover turkey last?

Leftover turkey is generally good for 3 to 4 days when stored in the refrigerator.

You can freeze it as well and it’ll last for 3 to 4 months. I love freezing it and then defrosting some when I’m ready to make a recipe for leftover turkey meat. It’s so convenient and saves a ton of time in the kitchen too!

Leftover Thanksgiving Recipes are easy and a great way to not waste your delicious Thanksgiving food!

Which Thanksgiving leftover recipes have peaked your interest? I think the ones with cranberry sauce sound very interesting, so I might start there first.

Also, I know that I’ll be trying some of these leftover turkey breast recipes as we always have tons of leftover turkey in my house.

Come back and share your favorite Thanksgiving leftover recipes with us. We’d love to try those out as well!

If you enjoy these recipes, check out some of our other great recipes:

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  • Over 50 Delicious Leftover Turkey Recipes
  • Crock Pot Chili Recipe
  • Crock Pot Zuppa Toscana
  • Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup
  • 15 Bean Soup with Ham
  • Instant Pot Chicken Stew Recipe
  • Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe
  • Crock Pot Stuffed Peppers Soup
  • Slow Cooker Steak Soup Recipe

I try to maintain a no-waste kitchen, and I’m a HUGE proponent of re-purposing leftovers in creative ways. We all know, there are only so many times we can roll stuffing up in sliced turkey and call it lunch. I totally understand that I may be the only person on the planet who eats cranberry sauce plain, but I get that other most other folks aren’t that adamant about doing the same. Ergo, we need places to put said leftover turkey and cranberry sauce….and mashed potatoes, pumpkin, and stuffing.

If you have never made turkey stock out of your turkey carcass, I HIGHLY suggest you do! You can freeze the stock for later if you don’t want to use it right away. There’s no end to what you can do with all that food.

We can be thankful for our ability to feast as well as our ability to be resourceful, not wasteful.

Let’s have a no-waste home. Let’s continue our Thanksgiving celebration by using our leftovers like champs! Here are 50 leftover Thanksgiving recipes for you to enjoy until all them leftovers have done been used up!


Cranberry Lemon Oat Waffles with Cranberry Compote from Edible Perspective

Leftover Cranberry Sauce Bread from Oh My Veggies

French Toast Stuffed with Cranberry Cream Cheese from Alaska from Scratch

Caramelized Pear & Cranberry Sauce Panini from The Roasted Root

Cranberry Yogurt Coffee Cake from Use Real Butter

Cran Bourbon Cocktail from My Recipes

Whipped Cranberry Butter from Good Life Eats

Cranberry Sauce Shake from Scoop Adventures

Cranberry Sauce Cheesecake Brownies from Damn Delicious


Leftover Turkey Pot Pie from Damn Delicious

Thanksgiving Leftover Nachos from Girl Versus Dough

Turkey, Smashed Avocado, Cranberry, Brie, Mashed Potato Waffle Melts from Halfbaked Harvest

Leftover Turkey Gumbo from Steamy Kitchen

Thankful for Leftover Turkey Jambalaya from Food 52

Turkey Enchiladas from Simply Recipes

Turkey Cranberry Monte Cristo from Tracey’s Culinary Adventures

Turkey Stock Recipe from the Endless Meal

Thanksgiving Leftover Nachos from Family Fresh Cooking

Thanksgiving Eggs Benedict from Closet Cooking

Turkey & Root Vegetable Soup from The Roasted Root

Smokey Bacon and Turkey Chowder from I Breathe I’m Hungry

Turkey Stock from Curry and Comfort

Cajun Turkey Pot Pie from Simply Recipes

Roast Turkey Cobb Sandwich from Closet Cooking

Turkey and Vegetable Hash from An Edible Mosaic


Homemade Gnocchi Made with Leftover Mashed Potatoes from The Art of Doing Stuff

Shepherd’s Pie Two Ways from The Roasted Root

Grandma’s Thanksgiving Filling from How Crazy Cooks

Butternut Squash and Bacon Grilled Cheese from Ruffles and Truffles

Leftover Mashed Potato Crusted Quiche from Teacher by Day Chef by Night

Cashew Coconut and Pumpkin Curry from My Recipes

Crispy Mashed Potato Pancakes from All Recipes

Jack-o-Pumpkin Breakfast Sandwich from Lunchbox

Easy Leftover Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream from Not Your Momma’s Cookie

Leftover Parmesan Mashed Potato Patties from Skinny Taste

Cheesy Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes from Just a Taste

Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipe: Mashed Potato Puffs from The Kitchn

Overnight Pumpkin Breakfast Smoothie from Climbing Grier Mountain

Pumpkin Swirl Cake from Eat Your Heart Out

Pumpkin Cream Cheese from Easy Every Day Eats


Stuffing Stuffed Mushrooms from Purely Consumed

Chicken and Stuffing Bake from Anderson and Grant

Leftover Turkey and Stuffing Enchiladas from Ready Set Eat

Turkey and Stuffing Cakes from Trampling Rose

Stuffing Muffins from Yum Sugar

Have a great weekend!!

Recipes for Thanksgiving Leftovers

Maybe you went overboard with the stuffing. Use it to make Alexa Weibel’s delightful stuffing-stuffed mushrooms. We don’t have a recipe for it, but we hear Sam Sifton likes to press a scoopful of stuffing in a waffle iron, then use it as bread for his turkey sandwich. It’s a pro move.

If you find yourself with too many mashed potatoes — it’s a common problem, and mashed potatoes don’t reheat well — make shepherd’s pie. We have traditional and vegetarian versions. Or make these potato, salmon and spinach patties with garlicky dill cream.

Casseroles are always a good idea. This Thanksgiving leftovers enchilada pie is ridiculously easy (don’t tell anyone, but it calls for store-bought enchilada sauce). You can tuck leftover turkey, greens, sweet potatoes and even cornbread stuffing in between the tortillas. Paired with this leftover cranberry sauce salsa, it hits the spot. If you’re more of a traditionalist, make Julia Child’s chicken-tarragon potpie, but with, you guessed it, turkey.

What To Do With Thanksgiving Leftovers

After all the cooking and cleaning of Thanksgiving is over, you likely will not want to cook anymore. Thanksgiving leftovers do not have to be complicated recipes. You just have to get creative! We have a few suggestions to get your Thanksgiving leftovers out of the fridge and recreated into new dishes.

Turkey Tacos with Butternut Squash Pico de Gallo

Sauté the squash, mix it with some pomegranate seeds, cilantro, shallot, garlic and lots of lime juice. It will be soft and sweet and nutty. Topped on turkey, in a tortilla with hot sauce makes for the perfect leftover turkey day situation.

Leftover Turkey Skillet Shepherd’s Pie

Here’s a great way to repurpose all that turkey, gravy, and mashed potatoes. This turkey shepherd’s pie is a one-skillet dish that’s easy to make and guaranteed to be gobbled up.

Spiced Cranberry Sangria

This recipe starts off with cranberries simmered in orange juice, water, ginger, sugar and a cinnamon stick. None of these flavors overwhelm the cranberry syrup—they just add hints.

Cranberry Smoothies

Leftover cranberries add a vitamin C and antioxidant boost to morning smoothies. Cranberries are one of the most antioxidant-packed berries around.

Turkey Avocado Burrito

Turkey is leaner than beet, so Thanksgiving leftovers make one heck of a breakfast with some strong coffee and extra avocado on the side.

Turkey Salad Roll-Ups

Leftover roasted turkey is chopped and pulled and mixed with creamy mayonnaise and Dijon mustard then wrapped up in a whole-wheat wrap with a healthy smear of cranberry sauce.

Kabocha Turkey Pasta

This pasta dish is a quick weeknight meal, but it also makes for a great appetizer course at a fall dinner party

Vegetable Quiche

Quiche is a dish that’s a great way to clean up odds and ends in your veggie and deli drawers and makes for a delicious brunch.

It’s the day after Thanksgiving and there’s still an abundance of holiday food stockpiled in the refrigerator. What on Earth are you going to do with all of it?

Homemade leftover thanksgiving day sandwich with turkey, cranberry sauce, feta cheese and vegetables. Thanksgiving is celebrated in the U.S. on November 28, 2019. iStock / Getty Images Plus

Well, the obvious answer is to eat it. There are plenty of ways to enjoy holiday leftovers that don’t require microwaving a plate full of turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce. Get creative with your Thanksgiving leftovers and check out a list of tasty recipes below.

The classic Thanksgiving turkey sandwich

If it’s simplicity you’re looking for the day after Thanksgiving, look no further than Delish’s take on a holiday sandwich that not only incorporates multiple leftover items like turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and spinach but requires no cooking—other than, maybe, toasting two slices of bread and warming up a bit of gravy.

The upgraded Thanksgiving turkey sandwich

So maybe you’re over the same old leftover Thanksgiving sandwich? Maybe you want a sandwich that’s not so basic, one with a different flavor, one with some real crunch? Delish has it covered with this Thanksgiving Crunchwrap recipe. You’ll need a few large flour tortillas and a cup or two of shredded white cheddar cheese, but just about everything else needed to fill the wrap you likely already have leftover from the holiday.

Fried mashed potatoes

Think fried mozzarella sticks, except with this recipe, all your leftover mashed potatoes serve as the base.

Thanksgiving, but make it soup

One of the best aspects of Thanksgiving is that it arrives at the top of soup season. So it’s only right to put those leftovers to use with soup good enough to warm your heart and your tummy. Baked by Rachel has concocted an incredibly filling recipe, loaded with holiday leftovers like turkey, green beans and potatoes.

Thanksgiving Pot Pie

If you want all the qualities of a rich and decadent Thanksgiving soup but topped with pie crust, then this holiday pot pie recipe—compliments of the Food Network Kitchen—gets the job done just fine.

Pizza Fridays by Thanksgiving

You’re likely to work up an appetite after braving the swarms of holiday shoppers taking advantage of Black Friday sales. So why not whip up something that is equally easy and satisfying like, perhaps, a pizza. Skip the delivery and use your Thanksgiving leftovers to compile a pie that is both delicious and cost-effective. Thank Epicurious for this untraditional take on holiday leftovers that you’ll surely turn to time and time again.

Sweet potato casserole…pancakes?

If you’re lucky enough to have leftover scoops of sweet potato casserole, CookingLight has a deliciously sweet and good way to put them to use with everyone’s favorite breakfast food—pancakes.

Forget the pancakes, where are the waffles?

Here they are, and you can use all the leftover stuffing to make them. Even day-old mashed potatoes and gravy gets used in this filling brunch recipe. Don’t forget the cranberry sauce, either. You’ll need it for topping.

Poultry for long after Thanksgiving

There’s a whole bird carcass sitting in the fridge. Instead of tossing it, how about using the leftover turkey remains to create a delicious poultry-based stock? It can come in handy for soups, stews and all sorts of dishes and the best part—you can freeze the stock for up to three months.

The Thanksgiving dishes have been washed and put away, and the refrigerator is stuffed with mountains of leftover turkey, just waiting to be turned into Black Friday sandwiches.

For many people, Thanksgiving leftovers are as highly anticipated as the big holiday meal itself. After all, making sandwiches with leftover turkey and dollops of cranberry sauce is practically a Black Friday ritual. But once you’ve done that, you need creative ways for using up the rest of the turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and more.

Over the years, we come up with all sorts of inventive ways to use Thanksgiving leftovers, from easy-to-make soups and salads, to more complex dishes like enchiladas and shepherd’s pie that transform holiday ingredients into something completely new. Here are some of our favorites.

Turkey Enchiladas

Turkey and Green Chile Enchiladas, from “The Make Ahead Cook” by the editors of America’s Test Kitchen.Carl Tremblay, America’s Test Kitchen

To give turkey leftovers a bold makeover, the folks at America’s Test Kitchen looked south of the border to saucy, spicy enchiladas. For the filling, they sauté sliced onion with garlic, cumin, and chili powder, then stir in shredded cooked turkey, corn, green chiles, Monterey Jack cheese, and enchilada sauce. Canned enchilada sauce provides great flavor and kept this dish easy enough for a weeknight.

Recipe: Turkey and Green Chile Enchiladas.

Tex-Mex Turkey Guiso

Turkey Guiso a la Tex-Mex, a recipe from Joe Esparza, the former chef/owner of Portland’s Esparza s’Tex-Mex Cafe.Motoya Nakamura, The Oregonian/OregonLive

Joe Esparza, the former owner of the now-closed Esparza’s Tex-Mex, shared this dynamite recipe back in 2002, and it’s stood the test of time. The stew benefits from low-and-slow cooking, and uses 8 cups of leftover turkey.

Recipe: Turkey Guiso a la Tex-Mex.

James Beard’s Turkey-and-Stuffing Hash

James Beard’s Turkey-and-Stuffing Hash. The Oregonian/OregonLive file photo

This recipe from Oregon food legend James Beard incorporates leftover stuffing. It’s a perfect post-Thanksgiving brunch dish that can help fuel Black Friday bargain shopping.

Recipe: James Beard’s Turkey-and-Stuffing Hash.

Moroccan Turkey Salad

Moroccan Turkey Salad.Carla Nalley, Carpe Diem Books

This recipe combines leftover turkey in a salad with couscous, fresh oranges, and warm spices, you create an exotic one-dish meal.

Recipe: Moroccan Turkey Salad.

Peking Turkey

To make Peking Turkey, the mu shu wrapper is brushed with hoisin sauce then covered with cucumber, scallion, turkey and crisped turkey breast.Lynn Ischay, The Plain Dealer

Thanksgiving leftovers get an Asian-inspired twist in this nod to the traditional Chinese dish of Peking Duck. Instead of duck, crisp turkey skin and turkey meat are combined with other flavorful ingredients, then wrapped up like a mini-burrito.

Recipe: Peking Turkey.

Turkey Curry with Brussels Sprouts

After-Thanksgiving Turkey Curry and Brussels Sprouts.Matthew Mead, The Associated Press

Indian cooking expert Meera Sodha transforms holiday turkey into this delicious curry. She adds Brussels sprouts to give the dish a touch of green. You can use leftover sprouts if you have them.

Recipe: After-Thanksgiving Turkey Curry and Brussels Sprouts.

Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

After Thanksgiving Turkey Shepherd’s Pie.Nathan Hostler, Special to The Oregonian/OregonLive

For the filling, you simply combine sliced turkey with a quickly made brown sauce scented with orange and enriched with sautéed pearl onions and dried cranberries. Creamy mashed potatoes are spread over the turkey before the dish is popped in the oven.

Recipe: After Thanksgiving Turkey Shepherd’s Pie.

Skillet Turkey Pot Pie

This comforting pot pie from Ivy Manning is a creative way to use some leftover turkey.

Recipe: Skillet Turkey Pot Pie.

Turkey Chili

Game Day Turkey Chili.Matthew Mead, The Associated Press

Food TV personality Melissa d’Arabian knows that nothing goes better with football than a bowl of hearty chili. She created this recipe using ground turkey, but it’s a perfect way to use all those small pieces of turkey meat that come from wings and drumsticks. Just skip the recipe’s first step.

Recipe: Game Day Turkey Chili.

Tofurky Gumbo

If your Thanksgiving feast featured a vegan Tofurky roast, here’s a way to turn it into a Southern-inspired gumbo, complete with okra, rice and spicy meatless sausages.

Recipe: Tofurky Gumbo.

Turkey Cranberry Pasta

Turkey Cranberry Pasta.Alicia Ross, Kitchen Scoop

Kitchen Scoop columnist Alicia Ross came up with this terrific post-Thanksgiving pasta salad. It features dried cranberries and half a pound of leftover turkey (though you can load it up with even more — we won’t tell!).

Recipe: Turkey Cranberry Pasta.

Turkey Picadillo

This slightly saucy and gluten-free Latin American stew from contributor Laura B. Russell can be served over rice or (for a real treat) right on top of fried potatoes. Picadillo makes a tasty taco or burrito filling as well.

Recipe: Turkey Picadillo.

Turkey, Kale and Brown Rice Soup

Turkey, Kale and Brown Rice Soup, a recipe from “Giada’s Feel Good Food,” by Giada De Laurentiis.Grant Butler, The Oregonian/OregonLive

One of the reasons we love Food Network’s Giada De Laurentiis is a recipe like this, which incorporates healthy ingredients like kale and brown rice along with leftover turkey. This is a particularly good soup if you’re fighting a cold, or just want that warm, comforting feeling of homemade soup.

Recipe: Turkey, Kale and Brown Rice Soup.

Turkey and Napa Cabbage Salad

Turkey and Napa Cabbage Salad With Lime-Ginger Vinaigrette.Matthew Mead, The Associated Press

Thanksgiving leftovers get a pan-Asian twist with this salad, which features tortilla chips for crunch, and a dressing spiked with sriracha for heat.

Recipe: Turkey and Napa Cabbage Salad With Lime-Ginger Vinaigrette.

Massamun Turkey Curry

Portland food writer Ivy Manning came up with this spicy way to use up leftover turkey by turning it into an Indian curry. And since the holidays are hectic, the recipe uses time-saving premade curry paste.

Recipe: Massamun Turkey Curry.

Turkey Tetrazzini

Baked Turkey Tetrazzini.John O’Boyle, The Star Ledger

Sure, making Turkey Tetrazzini is an old-school approach to using up Thanksgiving leftovers. But it’s so delicious with its egg noodles, rich sauce and melty cheese topping. And it uses 3 cups of leftover turkey, which will make a serious dent in your leftovers.

Recipe: Baked Turkey Tetrazzini.

Turkey BLTA Wraps

Turkey BLTA Wraps.Maren Caruso

The concept is a BLT, with additions of leftover Thanksgiving turkey and avocado slices. Roll ‘em up, wrap them in plastic, and they’re a great on-the-go option to take with you while shopping on Black Friday.

Recipe: Turkey BLTA Wraps.

Country Cat’s Post-Thanksgiving “Buckle”

This casserole is all about relaxing after the holiday, says Adam Sappington, chef-owner of Portland’s The Country Cat Dinner House. No need to stress about exact quantities; just improvise with what’s in the fridge. To make the day after Thanksgiving even easier, fill the casserole dish when you’re cleaning up from your holiday dinner, cover and refrigerate, then bake the next day.

Recipe: Country Cat’s Post-Thanksgiving “Buckle”.

Cheesy Pasta Shells With Butternut Squash

Cheesy Pasta Shells With Butternut Squash.Matthew Mead, The Associated Press

Got leftover butternut squash? Instead of turning it into a predictable soup, use it to make this hearty post-Thanksgiving casserole. It’s filling and is great for warming up in cold weather.

Recipe: Cheesy Pasta Shells With Butternut Squash.

Turkey Pot Pie With Stuffing Crust

Former Oregonian test kitchen director Linda Faus came up with this smart way to use up leftover turkey and gravy by turning them into a comforting pot pie, using leftover stuffing as a crust. It sounds crazy – crazy delicious!

Recipe: Turkey Pot Pie With Stuffing Crust.

Crispy Mashed Potato Cakes

Crispy Mashed Potato CakesJamie Francis, The Oregonian/OregonLive

Reheated mashed potatoes can be boring, but these mashed potato cakes are simple to put together and versatile as well. Try them with your favorite cheese, crumbled bacon or even cooked chopped greens (such as spinach).

Recipe: Crispy Mashed Potato Cakes.

Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

Vegan Shepherd’s Pie.Thomas Boyd, The Oregonian/OregonLive

This hearty vegan dish from chef Brian L. Patton is a great way to use us leftover mashed potatoes. Just eliminate the first two steps of the recipe, since you’ve already got your mashed potatoes made. When making, bring your mashed potatoes up to room temperature, since fresh-from-the-fridge potatoes are too clumpy to spread.

Recipe: Vegan Shepherd’s Pie.

Turkey Soup With Stuffing Dumplings

This soup uses up a wide range of Thanksgiving leftovers, from the meat and bones from the turkey, to the various leftover vegetables and herbs. The genius touch: transforming leftover stuffing into delicate dumplings.

Recipe: Turkey Soup With Stuffing Dumplings.

Southwestern Turkey Soup

Southwestern Turkey Soup.The Oregonian/OregonLive file photo

Soup is a natural way to use up leftover turkey, as well as a frugal way to get more meals out of the turkey carcass. This recipe from former test kitchen director Linda Faus has spicy flavors, and is made with her can’t-fail turkey broth.

Recipes: Southwestern Turkey Soup, Post-Thanksgiving Turkey Broth.

Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas

Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas.Ashley McLaughlin

This vegan recipe from Oregon cookbook author Sarah Matheny is a great way to use up leftover roasted sweet potatoes. All you need to do is eliminate the first step, since your sweet potatoes are already roasted.

Recipe: Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas.

Turkey and Stuffing Strata

This homey combo of leftover turkey and stuffing is held together with a mixture of gravy and eggs that turns custard-like when baked.

Recipe: Turkey and Stuffing Strata.

Thanksgiving Leftovers Meatballs Marinara

Thanksgiving Leftovers Meatballs Marinara. The Oregonian/OregonLive file photo

Ivy Manning came up with these Italian meatballs as a way to use up Thanksgiving stuffing. It makes a giant batch, so you’ll have some meatballs for now, and some that you can freeze to enjoy during the busy Christmas season.

Recipe: Thanksgiving Leftovers Meatballs Marinara.

Turkey Posole

Turkey Posole With Butternut Squash and Swiss Chard.Jamie Francis, The Oregonian/OregonLive

This posole has traditional hominy but also a liberal amount of hearty fall vegetables. If you have extra roasted squash and braised chard from your Thanksgiving feast, so much the better; just add it when you stir in the turkey.

Recipe: Turkey Posole With Butternut Squash and Swiss Chard.

Turkey, White Bean and Escarole Soup

Contributor Laura B. Russell came up with this post-Thanksgiving soup that can be made with either homemade turkey stock, or with canned chicken broth. If you use the latter, the soup comes together in less than 30 minutes.

Recipe: Turkey, White Bean and Escarole Soup.

Mango Salad With Turkey

Mango Salad With Turkey.Grant Butler, The Oregonian/OregonLive

The beauty of this easy recipe is that it only takes less than 30 minutes to assemble and is an unusual way to use up leftover Thanksgiving turkey. The lime vinaigrette can be made in advance and refrigerated. Just shake the dressing before drizzling over the salad.

Recipe: Mango Salad With Turkey.

Buckwheat Wraps

Buckwheat Crepes.The Oregonian/OregonLive file photo

Thanksgiving leftovers take an elegant turn when they are rolled in these delicious buckwheat crepes. Chop up leftover turkey or even Tofurky and toss with leftover roasted sweet potatoes or stuffing.

Recipe: Buckwheat Crepes.

Smoky Turkey and Sweet Potato Stew

Here’s another hearty dish from former Oregonian test kitchen director Linda Faus. It uses two cups of leftover turkey. If you’ve got leftover cooked sweet potatoes, you can use them as long as you get rid of any sweet topping.

Recipe: Smoky Turkey and Sweet Potato Stew.

Smoked Turkey Hash

Smoked Turkey Hash With Fried Eggs and Chipotle Mayonnaise.Larry Crowe, The Associated Press

Leftover turkey and red potatoes get turned into a great holiday weekend brunch in this recipe from Safeway executive chef Jeff Anderson. The Chipotle Mayonnaise also is great added to leftover turkey sandwiches.

Recipe: Smoked Turkey Hash With Fried Eggs and Chipotle Mayonnaise.

Curry Turkey Salad

This spicy turkey salad is great in a sandwich or wrap, on crackers, over white rice or a green salad or on its own. Jennifer Martin likes this recipe because you can personalize it — use dried cranberries, whole cranberries or raisins; walnuts, pecans or pine nuts. “It’s a curry turkey salad with the kitchen sink,” she says.

Recipe: Epicure Curry Turkey Salad.

Turkey Enchilada Casserole

This casserole is as soft and warm as a Snuggie. The roasted poblanos add a mild, smoky flavor, but if you want a bit of zing, add some chipotle chile powder along with the regular chili powder, or serve it with your favorite hot sauce.

Recipe: Turkey Enchilada Casserole With Roasted Poblano Sauce.

— Grant Butler

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