What’s the second best thing about Thanksgiving dinner? The leftovers! But aren’t you tired of simply microwaving them time and time again? So Here are some ideas on how to prepare those leftovers into something new! These turkey leftovers recipes will serve you and your family well post-Thanksgiving.

“If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.” - W. Clement Stone

The All-Encompassing Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole

This delicious casserole is the main reson anyone Googles thanksgiving leftovers
The combination of every flavor at once. Source: Taste of Home

Here’s an amazing dish that makes the most out of the Thanksgiving leftovers you have in your fridge. Essentially you can gather all the leftovers into this one meal. The Thanksgiving leftover casserole is a layered dish that makes the most out of each distinct flavor.

If you like your Thanksgiving meals more juicy, add more broth. If you like them to be more dry, just add more stuffing. Find the right blend for your palate.

Mix and match the following ingredients for the leftover turkey casserole:

  • Turkey
  • Stuffing
  • Potatoes
  • Corn
  • Gravy
  • Sausage
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Chicken broth
  • Milk

Turkey Pot Pie

This is a great recipe that doesn't take too much time
Deliciousness bubbling over the side of the dish. Source: Chowhound

One of the most direct approaches to using Thanksgiving leftovers, just bake it all up in a pie.When it comes to leftover turkey recipes, slow cooker fans will love this pie technique. For this recipe you will need the following, be it leftovers or fresh.

  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Vegetable shortening
  • Turkey
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Butter
  • Celery
  • Flour
  • Pepper
  • Chicken broth
  • Green beans
  • Mushroom soup

Game Changer: Thanksgiving Pizza

Most of these DIY recipes can be completed with little time in the kitchen
Whoa, have you ever tried thanksgiving pizza? Source: Right Time for a Schnack

You’ve seen the casserole, you’ve seen the pie, you’ve probably eaten the sandwich. Now go next level with this Thanksgiving leftover pizza. Unlike other leftover turkey pasta recipes, this dish is mostly baking an open faced pie and slicing it like a pizza. The end result is a magnificent Thanksgivingcreation that uses gravy instead of tomato sauce.

Loaded Turkey Pesto Panini

Another one of the healthy leftover turkey recipes, the pesto panini tastes great with turkey. All you really need is a panini press (or a Foreman grill) and the right kind of bread (ciabatta, focaccia, or whole grain baguette). Fill that up with your favorite sides such as stuffing, gravy, cheese, or cranberry sauce and you’ve got one heck of a sandwich.

Leftover Turkey & Rice Soup

The soup that many homeowners enjoy the next day
Make a soup out of the Thanksgiving leftovers! Source: Eating Well

Here’s an easy one to cover all your bases. With enough chicken broth, you can make soup out of anything leftover from the Thanksgiving table. Leftover turkey soup recipes tend to be easiest because you’re essentially just adding a few ingredients to the leftovers and broth and simply heating that up. And here are some of the ingredients you can add, personal taste is the main factor here.

  • Rice
  • Thyme
  • Onion
  • Bacon
  • Peppers
  • Garlic
  • Basil
  • White wine
  • Parsley

What to Do with All Those Leftover Potatoes and Stuffing

We saved the best for last
This is a great way to celebrate the day after Thanksgiving. Source: One Crazy House

The real reason you Googled “turkey leftovers recipes.“ Everyone already ate all the turkey, ham, and main dishes. Now you’re stuck with the sides: potatoes and stuffing. Well fear not, we have the recipe for you. These mashed potato and stuffing patties are the perfect dish to use up the rest of the thanksgiving leftovers that somehow survived in the fridge for this long.

How to Make Them:

In a large bowl, start beating two eggs and then slowly and methodically stir in the following ingredients:

  • Onions
  • Peppers
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Turkey
  • Stuffing

Add some oil and butter to a skillet, then:

  1. Pour gently or scoop the potato mixture onto the pan like pancakes
  2. Press down on the cakes with the back of a spatula
  3. Fry evenly on both sides for 3 minutes
  4. Rest on a paper towel
  5. Optional: add a fried egg and/or some bacon
  6. Serve immediately

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