17 Ways to Love Thanksgiving Leftovers
Here are proactive (and delicious!) ways to avoid tossing the leftover turkey and its trimmings
We’ve based this recipe on Welsh rarebit—a simple but rich sauce of beer and cheese poured over toast—and slipped in some leftover Thanksgiving turkey.
Recipe: Turkey Melt with Beer Sauce
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Split Pea Soup with Smoked Turkey
Sometimes, after eating traditional turkey leftovers for a few days, you crave a whole different set of flavors. That’s why we created this soup.
Recipe: Take-Two Turkey Noodle Soup with Ginger and Chile
Olio nuovo, freshly pressed extra-virgin olive oil, has so much flavor that you only need a drizzle in this hearty soup.
Recipe: Turkey White-Bean Soup with Olio Nuovo
Shredded turkey, mashed sweet potatoes, and cranberry sauce come together in this Mexican-inspired twist on your holiday favorites.
Recipe: Thanksgiving Leftovers Tostadas
You can make these in mere minutes, with any melty cheese you have lying around. Our video shows you how. Get Sunday off to a good start and indulge in a batch!
Recipe: Cheesy Leftover Mashed Potato Waffles
We’ve gone south of the border for a recipe that brings several parts of the Thanksgiving table together in one great little handheld morsel. Our video shows you how.
Recipe: Thanksgiving Leftovers Empanadas
Leftover Thanksgiving mashed potatoes make it easy to whip up shepherd’s pie on a weeknight. This vegetarian version is as hearty as the beefy original, thanks to meaty portabella mushrooms, but you could throw in leftover turkey if you want.
Recipe: One-Pan Portabella Mushroom Shepherd’s Pie
The best turkey sandwich we’ve ever had. Period. Plus, it uses up leftover cranberry sauce!
Recipe: Turkey Sandwiches with Shallots, Cranberries, and Blue Cheese
These crisp little tortillas, laden with hunks of turkey, shredded cabbage, avocado, and pickled onions, make us want to roast another turkey just to get the leftovers.
Recipe: Yucatecan Tostadas (Salbutes)
What do you do with leftover mashed potatoes? You could easily make this fun dish, inspired by English breakfasts.
Recipe: Queen's Puff
Here’s a lean, protein-packed chili that makes a welcome change after the onslaught of richness that is the usual Thanksgiving fare. It was created for Sunset by a spa in Vail, no less.
Recipe: Turkey Black Bean Chili
Forget turkey sandwiches—use leftover holiday turkey to make this Asian-inspired dinner.
Recipe: Turkey Noodle Stir-Fry
Okay, they’re not exactly creative, but they’re easy to make and please everyone, down to the littlest child.
Recipe: Turkey Enchiladas with Sour Cream
Sure, regular tetrazzini—with chicken, cream, and button mushrooms—is fine, but why not freshen it up, with turkey, portabella mushrooms, leeks, and radicchio?
Recipe: Turkey Tetrazzini
Don’t throw out the leftover cranberry sauce! Use it to make a delicious sauce for a second festive dinner—one featuring pork.
Recipe: Cranberry Pork Tenderloin
These buttery little pecan cookies taste wonderful filled with leftover cranberry sauce.
Recipe: Cranberry Thumbprints