Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes That You’ll Love

Turkey Pot Pie

Is your refrigerator full of leftover turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes? Eat ‘em up with these clever Thanksgiving leftover recipes.

We hope that you had a happy and delicious Thanksgiving this year and got to stuff yourself on turkey with all of the trimmings. Do you feel like you can never look at another plate of stuffing or cranberry sauce again? These leftover recipes use your extras in some surprising ways that you’ll love even if you’re over Thanksgiving food!

1. Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s pie can use quite a few of those Thanksgiving leftovers. Follow this recipe, but use chopped leftover turkey in place of the ground beef. Top with mashed potatoes or even mashed sweet potatoes, and you can replace some of the vegetables with green bean casserole.

2. Potato Taquitos

Instead of making the mashed potatoes in this recipe, just add the cheese to the potatoes left over from Thanksgiving supper. You can follow the rest of the recipe exactly or add roasted vegetables or chopped turkey to include even more Thanksgiving dishes in this meal.

Thanksgiving Leftovers

3. Turkey Potato Empanadas

Morgan at Host the Toast came up with this recipe to spice up turkey and mashed potatoes from Thanksgiving. If you’re running low on mashed potatoes, you can also use mashed sweet potatoes in this zingy recipe.

4. Turkey and Stuffing Casserole

This convenience recipe is even more convenient when you have turkey and stuffing in the refrigerator already. If you have roasted vegetables or a green bean casserole left over, you can use those in place of the vegetables the recipe calls for.

5. Sweet Potato Biscuits

Leftover sweet potato casserole works perfectly in place of the mashed sweet potato and buttermilk in this recipe. Instead of one cup mashed sweets and 1 1/2 cups buttermilk, substitute 2 1/2 cups sweet potato casserole.

6. Turkey Pot Pie

Of course this recipe is great for using leftover turkey, but you can also use green bean casserole or roasted veggies in place of the peas in this filling pot pie. If you served roasted potatoes, you can dice those up instead of using raw potatoes, and add them closer to the end so that they don’t overcook.

7. Potato Cakes with Fried Eggs and Turkey-Red Pepper Hash

You can even create Thanksgiving leftover recipes for breakfast. This recipe uses mashed potatoes, turkey, and gravy for a hearty after-Thanksgiving breakfast.

8. Thanksgiving Leftovers Wrap

Combine your leftovers in a whole grain or spinach tortilla, and wrap them up burrito-style. Try layering on mashed potatoes, a little bit of cranberry sauce, turkey, stuffing, and even a bit of gravy. You can also serve this on bread.

What are your favorite Thanksgiving leftover recipes? Tell us in the comments!

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Gastrocast #36 by Neal Foley
Post-Thanksgiving Fridge by Lynn Gardner

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