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Our Favorite Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

Thanksgiving dinner is one of the most highly anticipated meals of the year. We spend hours planning the dinner, running errands, and cooking up a storm in the kitchen. It’ll be a waste to not take advantage of all the leftovers sitting on the fridge. 

The accumulation of glorious Thanksgiving leftovers for days to come might just be the best part of this holiday. And while there’s certainly nothing wrong with eating plain leftover turkey and mashed potatoes, there’s a whole library of wonderful leftover recipes out there just waiting to be made and eaten. Make the most of your Thanksgiving food by transforming the leftovers into satisfying soups, sandwiches, pot pies, and more with these amazing recipes.

fried mashed potato balls

Extra mashed potatoes are fun because they can be easily transformed into something more delicious. Fried mashed potato balls are a great way to upgrade your leftover mashed potato. These Fried Mashed Potato Balls are quick and very easy to make. With a salty, crunchy exterior and soft, creamy interior, they manage to pack everything you love about mashed potatoes into an even better package. Serve these fried mashed potato balls with sour cream or ranch salad dressing on the side.

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Cranberry pinot noir meatballs

Make use of your leftover cranberry sauce with this Cranberry Pinot Noir Meatballs recipe. This wonderful appetizer is easy to make and is a great way to brighten up boring meatballs. The delicious pinot noir cranberry sauce is not too sweet and will surely receive a lot of compliments. They’ll never know it was made from leftovers!

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turkey chili

All you need is 30 minutes to go from last night’s leftovers to today’s reinvented bowl of goodness. This leftover turkey chili recipe is a healthy and hearty way to use up leftover turkey. And if you have chicken, you can use that too. The thick aromatic stew of turkey meat, onions, tomatoes, and spices is flavor-packed and comforting. You can use fire-roasted tomatoes gives it an extra layer of toasty flavor.

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turkey pot pie

If you’re looking for other leftover turkey recipe ideas, it’s hard to find a more comforting dish than a homemade turkey pot pie. Turkey Pot Pie is the perfect way to enjoy leftover roast turkey. A creamy filling loaded with a hearty mix of turkey and veggies tucked inside a flaky buttery pie crust and baked until golden and bubbly. And each person gets their own amazing dish to crack open. No leftover cooked turkey? This healthy dish is just as delicious as with chicken.

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turkey pizza

Mix and match your leftovers to create a delicious Thanksgiving-inspired pizza. There are a number of topping combinations you can make depending on what your favorite leftovers are. This recipe uses creamy mashed potatoes, warm stuffing, and shredded leftover turkey to make a mouthwatering yet simple dinner. This easy-to-make pizza is an easy dinner you can have on the table in about 30 minutes.

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thanksgiving leftover sandwich

This classic leftover sandwich is so good.  It’s the epitome of all good things Thanksgiving, stacked neatly between two slices of bread. Assembling this sandwich is so easy that the hardest part is keeping all the ingredients from falling off. It’s got turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy mayonnaise. It’s savory, it’s filling, and best of all, it’s easy and great for lunches.

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turkey noodle soup

Making Turkey Noodle Soup is another way to consume your leftover turkey. This turkey noodle soup is hearty, comforting, full of rich flavors, and fairly healthy all things considered. Fresh vegetables, chopped turkey, and tender egg noodles combine in a dish that's the very definition of family-friendly comfort food. This is a very simple yet delicious soup recipe that you will surely enjoy any time of the day.

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leftover turkey and mashed potato empanada

Empanadas are one of the best ways to use leftovers and transform them into something different. This recipe features a tasty filling of turkey, mashed potatoes, and dressing, along with some complimentary seasonings. They are very easy to make and are delicious with cranberry sauce on the side.

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leftover sweet potato hummus


This rich hummus features leftover mashed sweet potatoes and olive oil. Cayenne pepper lends a kick of heat, and you can add zested lemon to balance out the fattiness of the olive oil. It is a nice combination of naturally sweet and typically savory. You won’t be able to stop snacking on this flavorful hummus. Serve with pita wedges, crackers, or cut veggies.

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leftover stuffing waffles

Leftover stuffing waffles are an easy and absolutely delicious way to reimagine and enjoy your Thanksgiving leftovers. These stuffing waffles are crispy and savory, and an absolutely perfect breakfast. You only need a couple of ingredients to make the waffles and they all come together quite nicely. Top the waffle with mashed potatoes, gravy, a few slices of leftover turkey, and a dollop of cranberry sauce.

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