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26 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.

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If you have leftover vegetables:

Cauliflower Patties by cucina di mammina

 

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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

butter

 

Vegan Pumpkin Pancakes by Gena Hamshaw

Pancakes

 

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

Pot pie

 

Thanksgiving Leftovers Breakfast "Burritos" by fiveandspice

Burrito

 

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

Soup

 

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

 

Turkey Shawrma Pitas by Leith Devine

 

Chicken, Leek and Wild Rice Casserole by Sarah | Wisconsin from Scratch 

 

 

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

 

More: Have a little bit of everything leftover? Make Pull-Apart Thanksgiving Leftover Stuffed Bread

 

If you have leftover chocolate and nuts:

Torrone Siciliano (Sicilian Almond Brittle) by Emiko

Brittle

 

Ancho Chili-Cinnamon Chocolate Bark by wanderash

  

Hazelnut Brittle with Chocolate by Phyllis Grant

Hazelnut

 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 have Thanksgiving leftovers to repurpose! 


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