25 Recipes That Will Put Your Thanksgiving Leftovers to Good Use

October 30, 2017

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:

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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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EM. November 30, 2016
I have a huge jar of cranberry relish (recipe from this site) and zero idea how to eat this beyond with the turkey that's already running out...
Ellen November 27, 2015
Leftover turkey always gets made into turkey enchiladas.
Stacey B. November 24, 2015
Leftover turkey...make Kentucky Hot Browns! (the official sandwich of the Kentucky Derby). There are lots of recipes online; the best is the one from the Brown Hotel.
AntoniaJames November 23, 2015
This year I can hardly wait for the turkey leftovers. I've been making extra rice and freezing it in pint containers - to use in an enormous batch of fried rice I'll make with bits of turkey + XO sauce (grubstreet.com recipe) + bits of roast carrots (I'm making extras of those, too) + plus tiny broccoli florets. ;o)
kzmccaff December 9, 2014
I need a recipe for leftover Stuffing... (I didn't get any leftovers so staged another turkey / mashed potato / stuffing dinner this past weekend :))
mammascookin December 10, 2014
Add some broth to moisten. Can even mix in leftover potatoes...some chopped onions sautéed in canola oil would't hurt either. Cut a pocket in a breast of veal and put in mixture.secure with twine or
Skewers.mix onion soup mix with a cup of water and 1/4 cup Chinese duck sauce.roast uncovreed 350 degrees 25 mts per llb. Of veal.
mammascookin November 30, 2014
You must try Thanksgiving Egg Rolls! Take two egg roll wrappers. Fill with shredded Turkey, 1 Tbs. of Stuffing, 1 Tbs. mashed Sweet or White Potatoes, and some shredded Cabbage. Fold sides in and roll securely and dip in egg. Fry in Canola or Vegetable Oil until golden. Can serve with Cranberry Sauce, Gravy or Duck Sauce. Can reheat days later uncovered in a toaster or regular oven to crisp.