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25 Recipes That Will Put Your Thanksgiving Leftovers to Good Use

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There’s only one thing better than a Thanksgiving feast: the leftovers. We all look forward to foraging through the fridge (sometimes in the middle of the night) for an extra serving of turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing after the holiday. Eating pumpkin pie for breakfast is encouraged. Basically, anything goes. 

But while Thanksgiving leftovers are brilliant all on their own, it’s even more fun to repurpose leftovers into something entirely new that will last you the whole week long. Make use of everything—the caramelized brown bits at the bottom of your stuffing dish, those gorgeous roasted vegetables, and the remains of the turkey. No matter what you have lying around, we have recipes to make Thanksgiving last as long as you want.

If you have leftover vegetables:

Cauliflower Patties by cucina di mammina


Orecchiette with Roasted Butternut Squash, Kale, and Caramelized Red Onion by Plum Pie


Spiced Parsnip Cake by hardlikearmour


ABC Kitchen’s Butternut Squash on Toast by Kenzi Wilbur


Any Puréed Vegetable Soup, in 5 Steps by Kenzi Wilbur


Roasted Carrot Soup by Reeve


If you have leftover pumpkin (and cranberry sauce):

Pumpkin Breakfast Parfait by fiveandspice


Paul Virant's Pumpkin Butter by Genius Recipes



Vegan Pumpkin Pancakes by Gena Hamshaw



Butternut (or Sweet Potato or Pumpkin) Pecan Bread by inpatskitchen


Cranberry Cookie Bars by simplycooking101


If you have leftover meat:

Deep-Dish Chicken Pot Pie by erinmcdowell

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Thanksgiving Leftovers Breakfast "Burritos" by fiveandspice



Best Ever Turkey Chili by kmartinelli


Mini Chicken Pot Pies by molly yeh


Lamb Stew with Butternut Squash by Merrill Stubbs



Canal House Turkey and Potato Soup by Alexandra Stafford



Pull-Apart Thanksgiving Leftover Stuffed Bread by Joy Huang | The Cooking of Joy


Turkey Shawrma Pitas by Leith Devine 


If you have leftover potatoes:

Twice-Baked Potatoes with Kale by Brussels Sprouts for Breakfast


Sweet Potato Waffles, Sweet or Savory by fiveandspice


Bert Greene's Potato Scallion Cakes (Fritterra) by Genius Recipes



If you have leftover chocolate and nuts:

Torrone Siciliano (Sicilian Almond Brittle) by Emiko



Ancho Chili-Cinnamon Chocolate Bark by wanderash


Hazelnut Brittle with Chocolate by Phyllis Grant


 What do you like to do with the rest of your Thanksgiving leftovers? Tell us in the comments!

This story originally ran in 2015—we're running an updated version of it today because we all want to know how to repurpose Thanksgiving leftovers! 

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