Thanksgiving is a time for thanks, family, and of course, food. But what do you do with Thanksgiving leftovers? Here’s an article on some Thanksgiving leftover recipes that you’re sure to enjoy.

”I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.” - Henry David Thoreau

The Leftover Thanksgiving Sandwich

A tasty sandwich nobody can resist
Doesn't that turkey sandwich look good? Source: Purple Carrot

We’ll start things off with a basic and popular one. A favorite for many sandwich shops, this meal simply takes all the food you had on Thanksgiving and puts it between two slices of bread. Just add or subtract the following ingredients to your liking as this is one of the more easy leftover turkey recipes.

  • Turkey
  • Stuffing
  • Cranberries
  • Gravy
  • Potatoes
  • Corn
  • Ham

Turkey Salad

Or be really healthy and make a salad
Leftovers can also be healthy! Source: Foodnetwork

Most of these Thanksgiving leftover recipes are going to involve rearranging the ingredients on the list above. Simply combine your favorites with some dressing and lettuce for a fine salad. Especially if you’re like most of America and end up gaining some weight over the holidays. Salads make it a little bit easier to avoid those extra few pounds.

Turkey Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Another delicious and cheesy treat
You can never go wrong with the classics. Source: Cookie Writer

Smother the leftovers in pasta and cheese for a delightful meal or snack. Leftover turkey pasta recipes are always a quick way to use up those extra ingredients. Turkey mac ‘n’ cheese is also just delicious in its own right.

The After-Thanksgiving Pizza

Make after-thanksgiving pizza a new tradition in your house!
Make a pizza completely out of leftovers. Source: Kenosha news

All you need is the dough and cheese. Simply use the cranberry sauce instead of tomato and you can add whatever leftovers as the topping. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this works really well with just the turkey, ham, and potatoes. Top it off with shredded cheese and you have one of the best leftover turkey recipes around.

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Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole

A casserole is almost the same ingredients to begin with
Make use of those leftovers in a casserole! Source: Taste of Home

Perhaps one of the family favorites, Thanksgiving leftover casserole is a common treat usually made after turkey day. You’re going to use the turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing, gravy, and corn. Then you’re going to want to add a little bit of milk and chicken broth to keep the stuffing from drying out. This way the casserole will be delicious and moist for when you serve it.

Turkey Chili

Here’s a great one to bust out the slow cooker for. The hardest part about chili-style leftover turkey recipes is just gathering the ingredients. This chili just requires the following ingredients to be cooked together for about 6 or 7 hours. Serve with Cheddar cheese, radishes, sour cream, and cilantro.

  • White beans
  • Green chiles
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Pumpkin purée
  • Ground turkey

Fried, Loaded Mashed Potato Bites

The power of melted cheese...
If your mouth doesn't water at the sight... Source: Cookie Rookie

With just mashed potatoes, onions, bacon, and lots of cheese, you can fry up a treat that is sure to be one of your favorite Thanksgiving leftover appetizer recipes ever. Just mash the ingredients into a ball with the potatoes out, dip them in breadcrumbs, and fry them right up. It’s the perfect snack for when you still have leftovers but are getting tired of turkey.

Turkey Nachos

Another one of the easy leftover turkey recipes, just start with a plate of tortilla chips. Add whatever fixing you want (namely shredded turkey, beans, and bacon) and cover with some salsa and cheese. Turkey nachos are great for watching football later!

Turkey Shepherd's Pie

A new twist on an old classic
A fitting meal for after the holidays. Source: Rachael Ray

Another one of the more popular Thanksgiving leftover recipes, turkey shepherd's pie. It’s just shepherd's pie but with turkey instead of chicken. Basically you’re covering all your leftovers with mashed potatoes and cooking that, but if you want something a little more specific, use these ingredients:

  • Leftover turkey
  • 4 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 cups mashed potatoes
  • 1 cup gravy
  • ¼ cup corn
  • ¼ cup peas
  • Minced garlic
  • ⅓ cup celery
  • ⅓ cup onion
  • ⅓ cup carrots
  • Stick of butter
  • Basil, thyme, salt and pepper to taste

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