Our 22 Most Creative Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes
CRANBERRY CORN BREAD BITES
The best part about these little muffins from Patricia Heaton is if you make enough, you can use them for a day-after-Thanksgiving dinner and breakfast. "Smear them with honey butter or cream cheese and fig jam," she says. Get the recipe HERE.
TURKEY VEGETABLE SOUP
Shiitake mushrooms, carrots, chicken stock and more veggies come together with leftover cooked turkey to make a hearty, "incredibly healthy" meal from the actor and avid cook, Lou Diamond Phillips. Get the recipe HERE.
Pizza dough makes repurposing your turkey, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes delicious – and easy. Betsy from The Betsy Life says this simple stromboli is "like leftovers wrapped up in a brown, crispy hug."
MASHED POTATO PUFFS
It's no secret that reheated taters are less than ideal. The Kitchn solves this dilemma by mixing leftover mashed potatoes with eggs, cheese, chives and bacon for crispy, creamy, cheesy puffs. Cute and tasty, which makes it a win-win.
Roll your turkey and dressing leftovers into deliciously moist meatballs with this five-ingredient recipe from A Zesty Bite. If you're still craving a sandwich, pile these guys onto a hoagie roll for a Thanksgiving-inspired meatball sub.
Put an Italian spin on your American feast with Turkey Parmesan Baked Rotini. This creamy, zesty dish is a worthy Black Friday dinner.
MASHED POTATO PANCAKES
These mashed tater- and goat cheese-filled flapjacks are topped with turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce or "whatever other awesome things you can think of," says Serena Wolf of Domesticate Me blog.
Buttery puff pastry makes this bowlful of Thanksgiving an easy dish, plus it's packed with veggies for a hearty leftovers supper.
What to do with all that leftover cranberry sauce? Bake it into bread! This heavenly recipe from Oh My Veggies will make an ideal Black Friday breakfast.
For this mouth-watering morning meal, you'll pile warm turkey, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce on a biscuit, bun, or english muffin before topping all that goodness with a perfectly poached egg. Talk about something to be thankful for.
"Think of them as Thanksgiving in a ball. A crispy, fried ball," Menu In Progress says of its fried stuffing bites. The best part? These nuggets are filled with a chilled gravy cube before frying, which makes for a juicy surprise inside.
Mom's classic day-after casserole gets revamped in this cheesy concoction from Spicy Southern Kitchen. And don't even think of using canned soup: This tasty dish is made totally from scratch.
Put a south-of-the-border spin on your leftovers casserole with these cheesy Turkey Cranchiladas from Pink Parsley, which, as the name suggests, feature leftover cranberry sauce.
In this recipe from A Family Feast, turkey, gravy, stuffing and cranberry sauce get reborn in puff pastry. The result? A flaky baked treat you'll want to make every year.
Who says leftover recipes have to be savory? Lovely Little Kitchen's genius confections call for a dollop of leftover cranberry sauce and a drizzle of almond glaze.
For a fun variation on the classic Thanksgiving sandwich try this Cuban version, which includes ham, pickles and cheese with cranberry sauce and turkey.
This tasty recipe bakes turkey and cranberry sauce with roasted butternut squash and rosemary for a quintessentially fall-inspired dish.