Best Uses of Thanksgiving Leftovers We’ve Ever Seen
Thanksgiving is the perfect time to spend with loved ones over a good meal, but what happens when your fridge is still overflowing with leftovers long after dinner is done? While drowning in an endless sea of stuffing isn’t the worst scenario, there are definitely better ways to use those extra helpings.
Clever chefs from around the country have discovered ways to create something new and delicious from their Thanksgiving leftovers. In fact, many of these meals look even tastier than the original. These recipe remixes will definitely have you feeling thankful:
Cranberry Sauce Cornbread Muffins
Making breakfast for the whole family the day after Thanksgiving is easier than ever, thanks to these cranberry sauce cornbread muffins from Kitch Confidante. The combination of sweet cornbread, tart cranberries, and salty butter makes for a post-Turkey Day treat you’ll be eager to gobble up.
Who says that healthy meals can’t feel indulgent? The Thanksgiving pizza from Tasty Yummies combines leftover turkey, sweet potatoes, cranberries, and Brussels sprouts for a fruit-and-veggie-loaded meal that’s tastier than any takeout pie.
Turkey and Stuffing Stuffed Peppers
There’s a simple elegance to stuffed peppers, and that’s especially true when they’re filled with Thanksgiving goodies. Instead of nuking another bowl of soggy stuffing, reenergize your turkey and stuffing leftovers by filling a bell pepper with them and baking them in the oven, like Shockingly Dlish does in this colorful recipe. This will not only give your leftovers a warm and crispy exterior, it also helps you get some extras veggies into your post-holiday meal plan—you know, baby steps.
Instead of yet another boring turkey sandwich, reinvent your leftovers in a more creative way this year with this holiday quesadilla recipe from Wine Country Gift Baskets. The combination of turkey, cranberry sauce, and cheese inside a tortilla creates a delicious mix of sweet and savory flavors that you’ll look forward to all year.
Cranberry Chili Meatballs
Spice up your cranberry sauce with this delicious cranberry meatball recipe from Farmgirl’s Dabbles. Using either leftover turkey or meatballs from your grocer’s freezer, this recipe adds some chili powder, chili sauce, and cumin to your cranberry sauce leftovers, thoroughly transforming them into a sweet-and-spicy sauce that works perfectly with meat.
Apple Sweet Potato Dumplings
Vegetarians don’t have to feel left out when it comes to repurposing Thanksgiving leftovers. Case in point: these delicious apple and sweet potato dumplings from Seasoned Vegetable. Using some leftover apples from your pies and the remainder of your holiday sweet potatoes, you can create this veggie comfort food in no time. Better yet, it pairs perfectly with just a little cranberry sauce.
Thanksgiving Leftover Waffle
See your Thanksgiving favorites in a whole new light with the Thanksgiving stuffing waffle recipe from Kelly Senyei of Just a Taste. After adding a binding agent to your stuffing (or mashed potatoes), you simply pop the batter into a waffle iron, cook, and eat. This provides another opportunity for your leftovers: these bad boys are perfect with cranberry sauce on top.
Turkey Pot Pie
Turkey turn up! At San Diego’s Pop Pie Co., leftover turkey takes an entirely new form when it’s made into these delectable turkey pot pies. While Thanksgiving dinner is rarely thought to be a great on-the-go meal, these turkey pot pies take your favorite elements of your Turkey Day feast and make them into the perfect hearty handheld bite.
Cranberry Chocolate Baked French Toast
Food Network star Giada de Laurentiis takes comfort food seriously, and makes no exception when it comes to Thanksgiving leftovers. Her cranberry chocolate baked French toast recipe from Giadzy repurposes cranberry sauce and Thanksgiving rolls to create a decadent, easy-to-prepare breakfast for the following morning.
Turkey Pomegranate Salad
Even if you don’t have a ton of time on your hands, you can still transform those turkey leftovers into a bright and flavorful meal. These turkey pomegranate salad sandwiches from My Diary of Us add a medley of Thanksgiving extras, like turkey, walnuts, onion, and celery into an easy lunch full of fall flavor.
Fall Flavor Donut
Turn those Thanksgiving leftovers into a sweet treat with Rolling Pin Kitchen’s fall flavor donut. A mixture of sweet potatoes and carrots form the base for this dense donut, which is then topped with a tart-but-not-bitter cream cheese cranberry glaze. We cran-barely wait to make our own.
Southern Enchilada Stacks
Give that extra turkey a little Tex-Mex flair with chef Whitney Miller’s southern enchilada stacks. This Masterchef winner combines leftover turkey, corn tortillas, kale, and cheese into a masterpiece of flavor with this recipe you’ll want to put on the menu all year long.
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