Are you wondering what to do with all that leftover turkey this holiday season? Here are the 30 Best Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes you need to try this year.
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Thanksgiving is one of my very favorite holidays. It could be because my youngest son was born 2 days before which makes it extra special for me. But, it’s also the tradition of watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, before we enjoy a delicious meal with the family gathered together.
It’s something I look forward to every year. But, what I don’t look forward to is trying to figure out what to do with all that leftover turkey, stuffing, and cranberries, which is why I decided to compile a list of the best recipes for Thanksgiving leftovers. It will not only help me use up all that yummy food from turkey day but may help you out this year as well.
A quick tip: Make your food budget stretch by purchasing your turkey when it goes on sale just before the holidays. I like to purchase an extra turkey to keep in the freezer and use it for many different meals during the holiday season. This is the perfect way to help you save some money on your grocery bill.
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How long do Thanksgiving Leftovers Last?
As long as you are keeping your Thanksgiving leftovers refrigerated, they can be stored for up to 4 days without going bad. If you know that they won’t be used up in that amount of time, then toss them in the freezer to enjoy later. They should last for 4-6 months in the freezer.
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30 Best Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes
Here are 30 of the best Thanksgiving leftover recipes. You will find ways to use up leftover turkey, stuffing, potatoes, and cranberries. Everything from soups, casseroles, and desserts.
Recipes with Leftover Turkey
White Bean Leftover Turkey Chili- Served From Scratch
Our new favorite leftover turkey recipe is this warm and comforting White Bean Leftover Turkey Chili. It’s creamy (without cream), flavorful, and can be on the table in just a little over 30 minutes!
Leftover Turkey Chili– The Clean Eating Couple
Leftover Turkey Chili is one of the best leftover turkey recipes. Easy to make, healthy, and loaded with flavor – this is a must-try! Make it in your crockpot, instant pot, or on the stove. This simple recipe is perfect for Thanksgiving leftovers.
Cheesy Baked Turkey Enchiladas– Dish ‘n’ the Kitchen
Turkey Enchiladas are a cheesy baked Mexican-inspired rolled tortilla dish made with leftover turkey, salsa Roja, and a three-cheese blend. They are the perfect way to use up leftover turkey.
Leftover Turkey Cannelloni– Sustain My Cooking Habit
Put those roast turkey leftovers to use with this recipe for making a delicious batch of leftover turkey cannelloni.
“Cheater” Leftover Turkey Pot Pie– Two Healthy Kitchens
This super-fast “Cheater” Leftover Turkey Pot Pie is ready in less than 20 minutes and leverages tons of shortcuts to make pot pie easier than ever.
Old Fashioned Turkey Tetrazzini– Lana’s Cooking
Turn those Thanksgiving leftovers into one of the most delicious casseroles ever! Combine chopped roasted turkey and pasta with a creamy, cheesy mushroom sauce to create a hearty dinner your whole family will be excited about.
Leftover Turkey Recipe– The Typical Mom
These super easy and flavorful turkey dumplings are everyone’s favorite way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers.
Creamy Turkey Casserole– Little Sunny Kitchen
You’ve come to the right place if you’re looking for a turkey casserole recipe to use up your leftover turkey. This leftover turkey casserole is packed with pasta, veggies, and turkey chunks, all folded in with a simple, creamy, cheesy, savory sauce. Top your casserole with some buttery Ritz crackers for the perfect finish.
Turkey Salad Recipe– Dinner at the Zoo
This turkey salad is a blend of diced turkey and colorful veggies, all tossed in a savory creamy dressing. A super easy and delicious way to use up leftover turkey with plenty of options to customize the flavors.
Leftover Turkey Soup Recipes
Turkey Stock-The Forked Spoon
Learn how to make turkey stock using the leftover bones, carcass, neck, and giblets from your Thanksgiving turkey. Use it to make nourishing soups and stews or freeze it for later.
Turkey Noodle Soup– iFood Real
Easy, simple but delicious Turkey Noodle Soup is made with leftover turkey, basic veggies, and pasta. It is ready in about 30 minutes and is a year-round family favorite.
Turkey and Rice Soup– Julie’s Eats & Treats
Do you have leftover turkey from the holidays? Turn it into this quick and easy Turkey and Rice Soup! It’s thick, and creamy and warms you from the inside out. Loaded with turkey, rice, and carrots and perfectly seasoned for an easy dinner recipe.
Leftover Turkey Tortellini Soup– Sonshine Kitchen
Don’t let that leftover turkey go to waste this holiday season. Use that, plus a few extra vegetables you may have, to make a delicious soup.
Turkey Tortilla Soup– Chef Savvy
This super easy Turkey Tortilla Soup is loaded with tons of Mexican flavor and goes great with leftover roasted Thanksgiving turkey.
Tex-Mex Turkey Soup– Valerie’s Kitchen
Tex-Mex Turkey Soup is a warm and comforting post-holiday meal. This quick and easy turkey soup recipe is a delicious way to make use of your Thanksgiving leftovers.
Recipes with Leftover Stuffing
Leftover Stuffing Waffles– If You Give a Blonde a Kitchen
Leftover Thanksgiving stuffing waffles are a perfect (and easy) breakfast to make the day after Thanksgiving.
Turkey Leftover Stuffing Muffins– Made in a Pinch
This Leftover Turkey Stuffing Muffins Recipe will make your leftovers feel new again.
Amish Turkey Stuffing– Thrifty Frugal Mom
This delicious turkey stuffing is soft and moist on the inside and delightfully crispy on the outside! It’s made with simple ingredients and is a vintage recipe that you are sure to love.
Mashed Potatoes and Squash Recipes
Mashed Potato Croquettes– Platter Talk
Potato Croquettes are the only excuse you need to make too many mashed potatoes this Thanksgiving! You’ll want plenty of leftovers to make this recipe.
Chocolate Mashed Potato Cake– I Heart Eating
This Chocolate Mashed Potato Cake recipe takes leftover mashed potatoes and turns them into a moist chocolate cake that’s so light and fluffy!
Leftover Butternut Squash Pizza– Smack of Flavor
If you have leftover mashed butternut squash from Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, make this creative recipe to use up leftovers. If you’re sick of the same flavors from the holidays and want something different, this savory butternut squash pizza with goat cheese, prosciutto, and balsamic glaze is perfect.
Recipes to Make with Leftover Cranberries
Turkey and Cranberry Panini-The Foodie Physician
These delicious Turkey and Cranberry Paninis are nice and toasty on the outside and warm and melty on the inside. They’re utterly irresistible and are the perfect vehicle to use up your leftover Thanksgiving turkey.
Turkey Cranberry Sliders– Confessions of Parenting
Turkey cranberry sliders are the perfect addition to your leftover turkey recipes. These are simple to make and taste amazing. With the Hawaiian rolls and garlic mustard, you can’t beat this Thanksgiving leftover treat!
Cranberry Sauce Quick Bread- Strength and Sunshine
Use up your favorite holiday sauce in this healthy quick bread recipe. This Cranberry Sauce Quick Bread uses homemade cranberry sauce and is gluten-free, vegan, allergy-free, and perfect for breakfast, brunch, a snack, or dessert!
Cinnamon Roll Waffles With Cranberry Sauce-Dancing Through the Rain
These Cinnamon Roll Waffles with Maple Cranberry Sauce are the perfect way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers. With delicious fall flavors, this sweet and tart treat will leave you wanting more!
Holiday Leftovers Breakfast Casserole-Sense and Edibility
Holiday leftovers are better when they’re baked in a sweet breakfast casserole. The perfect combo of orange and cranberries baked with rolls.
Cranberry Puff Pastry Tart-Barley and Sage
These cranberry puff pastry tarts are an easy, savory treat that comes together in just 20 minutes. They’re a great way to use up leftover cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving.
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