10 Recipes That Use Up the Last Bits of Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

10 Recipes That Use Up the Last Bits of Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

Sheela Prakash
Nov 26, 2018
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For many, leftovers are the very best part of Thanksgiving. Beyond simply enjoying them reheated as is, there are countless ways to transform them into new creations that may even be better than their original form. These 10 recipes range from breakfast through dessert and use up every last bit of your turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and even apple pie.

1. How To Make Thanksgiving Leftovers Lasagna

If you're looking for a way to use pretty much all your leftovers at once, consider this loaded, extra-colorful lasagna.

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2. Post-Thanksgiving Turkey Vegetable Soup

After a day of heavy eating, this light, brothy soup is a welcomed choice. If you have a lot of turkey left over, consider making a double batch and freezing some.

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3. Turkey and Brussels Sprouts Club Sandwich

A Thanksgiving leftovers sandwich is classic — and this triple-decker version is a fun twist on the usual.

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4. Stuffing Fritter with Cranberry-Jalapeño Sauce

Cranberry-jalapeño and sour cream-lime dipping sauces give these fritters a Tex-Mex flair that sets them apart from the usual leftover recipes.

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5. Apple Pie Stuffed French Toast

This decadent, slightly over-the-top French toast is a wonderful excuse to eat leftover apple pie for breakfast or brunch.

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6. Cheesy Mashed Potato Puffs

These cheesy potato bites are not only a great snack, but they can also become dinner when paired with a big salad or some roasted veggies.

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7. Post-Thanksgiving Stuffed Shells

The best thing about this recipe is how flexible it is. Use any combination of leftovers like Brussels sprouts, mashed sweet potatoes, and even green bean casserole for the filling.

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8. Thanksgiving Stuffing Breakfast Strata

If you still have a crowd to feed the morning after Thanksgiving, this hearty breakfast casserole made with leftover stuffing is a perfect solution.

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9. Turkey Enchiladas

If you want to make things extra easy on yourself, feel free to swap in store-bought enchilada sauce instead of making it from scratch.

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10. Cranberry & Brie Grilled Cheese

This decadent grilled cheese is made with leftover cranberry sauce, tangy mustard, and lots of creamy Brie cheese — you'll want extra napkins for this one!

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