75 Thanksgiving Leftover Recipe Ideas

You need not worry about what to do with all those Thanksgiving leftovers – we got you covered with these delicious 75 recipes!

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Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

Lumpiang Pabo – Turkey Spring Rolls – For a healthier and low-fat version of spring rolls that tastes so good, too – Turkey Spring Rolls is the best option. Perfect for Thanksgiving left-overs, too.

Shepherd’s Pie (Filipino-style) – We love to use leftover mashed potatoes to make this deliciously good Shepherd’s Pie (Filipino-style). It is made of perfectly seasoned ground beef sauteed with vegetables such as onions, garlic, tomatoes, bell peppers, and carrots with creamy mashed potatoes on top!

Leftover Cranberry Sauce Coffee Cake Muffins – Stuck with a ton of leftover cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving Day dinner? Make these scrumptious bakery-style Coffee Cake Muffins with layers of cranberry sauce! They’re topped with a sweet buttery crumble for a perfect breakfast treat served with coffee.

Leftover Stuffing Waffles – These waffles are one of the easiest meals to prepare the day after Thanksgiving. Whether it is breakfast, lunch, or brunch they will be a hit at your table!

Turkey, Brie & Cranberry Grilled Sandwich – This sandwich tastes like a delicious Thanksgiving meal all over again! Nothing is wasted from Thanksgiving dinner when you make this easy-to-follow recipe for a serious turkey, brie, and cranberry grilled sandwich using all your leftovers!

How to make Ham Salad – The tastiest use for left-over ham and so easy to make! This ham salad is great for sandwiches, as a topping for crackers and chips, or even on toast for breakfast and so much more.

Leftover Turkey Pot Pie – This Leftover Turkey Pot Pie is the best. It’s so comforting, smokey, a little spicy, and full of flavor! Plus, it’s the best way I’ve come up with to use leftover Cajun Smoked Turkey from the holidays.

Thanksgiving Bacon Explosion – The bacon explosion has just met its maker. This Thanksgiving Bacon Explosion is a regular bacon and turkey bacon weave loaded with sausage, stuffing and mashed potatoes, rolled up and smoked then topped with a cranberry bourbon glaze. Create it from scratch or load it up with your favorite Thanksgiving leftovers! 

Cranberry Balsamic Vinaigrette – Your holiday salad will be bursting with seasonal flavors when you drizzle them with this simple Cranberry Dressing! Made with only 3 simple ingredients, including leftover cranberry sauce, it’s a delightfully festive twist on a basic balsamic vinaigrette.

Leftover Turkey Enchiladas – These leftover turkey enchiladas are a family-friendly dinner recipe that’s easy to make, and packed with Mexican flavors. I use leftover turkey, but any leftovers will do; cooked chicken, beef, and leftover pork work just as well.

Yummy No-Bake Cranberry Cheesecake – Use homemade, store-bought cranberry preserve or any leftover cranberry sauce as a topping for this yummy cheesecake!

Thanksgiving Pizza {Leftovers Recipe} – Thanksgiving Pizza? Yes! Use Thanksgiving leftovers of turkey and green bean casserole along with a savory butter drizzle to make a holiday pizza on naan flatbread. Ready in under 15 minutes!

Cranberry Oat Bars – With a perfect balance of sweet and tart these scrumptious cranberry oat bars are the perfect holiday treat! These bars can be made completely gluten-free and taste deliciously good!

Turkey Tetrazzini – This turkey tetrazzini contains diced turkey, mushrooms, and peas, all tossed with pasta in a creamy sauce, then baked to perfection.

Tripletas (Steak, Pernil, and Ham Sandwiches) – The “working person’s sandwich,” as I like to call it, is a meal-on-a-roll. In fact, since it has three different cuts of meat, a boatload of toppings, and a generous amount of condiments, it’s more like two meals in one.

Colorful Ham Strata – Loaded with ham, red and green peppers, bread, onion, and cheese, this super tasty and colorful ham strata is pleasing both to the eyes and palate! It’s also make-ahead, so simply pop it in the oven the next day for a delicious hot breakfast.

Skillet Chicken (or Turkey) Pot Pie with Cheddar Garlic Drop Biscuits – The combo of creamy, veggie, and chicken-laden sauce + buttery, flaky biscuits is heavenly! Keep this recipe in your back pocket for using up leftover cooked chicken, Thanksgiving turkey, or Easter ham when the weather’s cold.

Twice-Baked Mashed Potatoes – Easy, quick, and fully loaded Twice-baked mashed Potatoes in the air fryer are light, fluffy, and dreamy.

Leftover Pumpkin Pie Milkshake – Are you a pumpkin spice lover? Drop everything and make this over-the-top delicious milkshake using a big slice of pumpkin pie (yes, the whole thing)!

Chicken Rillettes (French Potted Chicken Spread) – Chicken rillettes are a real French classic. They can also be made with turkey or any other kind of poultry. This recipe is a very easy way of using up some leftover roasted chicken or turkey.

Turkey with Peas and Creamed Corn – Creamed corn and peas add flavor and a pop of color to this easy, simple, and delicious pasta dish that’s perfect for using your leftover chicken and turkey.

Bacon Turkey Bravo Sandwich – Soft and delicious tomato basil bread smoked turkey, smoked Gouda cheese, smoked bacon, crispy lettuce, and juicy tomatoes with a signature sauce.

Turkey Tamale Pie – This turkey tamale pie is loaded with turkey, gravy, and homemade cornbread, making it a great leftover Thanksgiving recipe. It’s so good, that I’ll be looking for a reason to have turkey besides the holidays.

Brussels Sprouts Curry (Indian Inspired) – Whip up a delicious Indian-inspired Brussels Sprouts curry in just 20 minutes. Whether you’re craving sprouts or you’ve got holiday season leftovers on your hands, this recipe’s got your back. Learn the secrets to crafting a fragrant sauce with all the right spices, along with handy tips on prepping, and cooking sprouts, with serving suggestions, storage tricks, and more.

Slow Cooker Chicken (or Turkey) Chili – I have made this Slow Cooker Chicken or Turkey Chili many times for my family and friends and it’s always well loved and the super easy recipe is often requested. Perfect for using leftover holiday turkey.

Pasta Carbonara with Leftover Turkey – This pasta carbonara with leftover turkey is easy to make, full of parmesan cheese and bacon, and ready in 15 minutes!

Leftover Turkey Enchiladas – Leftover Turkey Enchiladas are a quick and easy way to use up all of that after Thanksgiving turkey. They are packed with tender turkey, black beans, and corn, wrapped in flour tortillas, and covered in red enchilada sauce and melted cheese!

Holiday Leftovers Breakfast Casserole – Use leftover rolls and this great Boozy Cranberry Sauce for this bright casserole.

Turkey Salad Recipe – This turkey salad is a blend of diced turkey and colorful veggies, all tossed in a savory creamy dressing.

Turkey Soup Recipe – This turkey soup recipe is homemade turkey broth loaded with vegetables, diced turkey and egg noodles simmered to perfection.

Vibrant Leftover Cranberry Sauce Cosmo – With sweetness from the cranberry sauce, citrus, and vodka, this Leftover Cranberry Sauce Cosmo is the perfect Holiday cocktail.

Kentucky Hot Brown Dip – Kentucky Hot Brown Dip has all the best parts of the classic sandwich made famous at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, but now you can enjoy it as a melty, cheesy snack.

 Turkey Cranberry Sliders – These turkey cranberry sliders are the ultimate Thanksgiving leftovers idea! Turkey, cheese, maple butter, and cranberry sauce are piled on sweet Hawaiian rolls. They’re smeared with butter and everything bagel seasoning and baked until hot and gooey.

Roast Turkey Tater Tot Casserole Recipe – Roast Turkey Tater Tot Casserole is a delicious twist on a comfort food classic and is a great way to use up your leftover turkey.

Thanksgiving Leftover Strata – This Thanksgiving Leftover Strata transforms all your leftovers into a layered casserole that’s chock-full of flavor with pockets of gooey cheese, crispy bacon, juicy turkey, sweet and tart cranberry sauce, all topped with crunchy croutons and a drizzle of cheesy turkey gravy!

Cranberry Pecan Turkey Salad – Give your leftover turkey a new life with our Cranberry Pecan Turkey Salad. This easy recipe combines tender, shredded turkey with the sweet zing of cranberries and the satisfying crunch of pecans, making it an ideal post-holiday dish. Enjoy it in sandwiches, wraps, or atop fresh greens for a delicious meal.

The Best Turkey Reuben {aka Rachel} – Crunchy on the outside with a creamy, tangy interior creates a delightful grilled sandwich. This leaner twist of the classic Reuben sandwich uses turkey instead of corn beef. Perfect for those Thanksgiving day leftovers, you can use either carved turkey or deli turkey meat in this Turkey Reuben, also known as a Rachel sandwich.

Creamy Ham and Tomato Penne Al Baffo – Creamy ham and tomato penne is a perfect weeknight pasta recipe. Not only is this dish super creamy and full of flavor but, it’s fast and easy to make. In fact, you can have it on the table in the time it takes to boil the water and cook your pasta! Known as penne al baffo here in Italy, this is a great recipe to use up leftover holiday ham.

Leftover Mashed Potato Waffles and Gravy – You’ve made potato pancakes before, but these Leftover Mashed Potato Waffles and Gravy are a new leftover mashed potatoes recipe that’ll be sure to give new life to those leftovers! Easy to make and topped with gravy, a new repurposed twist on a classic.

Leftover Stuffing Crackers – If you ever have leftover dressing from Thanksgiving dinner or any other holiday dinner, and you’re wondering what to do with your leftover stuffing, you’ll love these Leftover Stuffing Crackers! They are quick and easy to make and taste amazing. If you don’t have leftover stuffing right now, trust me, you’re going to want to save this recipe for when you do!

Turkey Barley Soup – The recipe calls for using the bones from the turkey to make turkey stock for the soup. If you want to skip this step and buy turkey stock at the supermarket, that’s fine too.

Cranberry Cornbread Muffins (with LeftoverCranberry Sauce) – These leftover cranberry sauce cornmeal muffins are popular around the holiday season and perfect for a holiday breakfast or brunch or any time you have leftover cranberry sauce.

Crockpot Turkey Tetrazzini – Looking for something delicious to make with leftover Thanksgiving turkey? This Crockpot Turkey Tetrazzini is a creamy, flavorful, easy to make dinner the whole family will love!

Turkey Cranberry Cream Cheese Sandwich – This turkey cranberry cream cheese sandwich is a fun lunch idea perfect for the holiday season. It’s so quick and easy to make and uses ingredients we all have to hand over Thanksgiving and the holidays.

Homemade Turkey Stock – Here’s how to repurpose your roast turkey carcass into a rich and flavourful homemade turkey stock from scratch. All you need are basic vegetables, herbs, water, and stovetop simmering time. Slow Cooker and Instant Pot instructions are included.

Turkey Tikka Masala – Turkey with a TWIST… a twist on an Indian (or British?) classic. Are you looking to up your leftover turkey game to something a bit more interesting than soup or casseroles?

Leftover Turkey Bone Broth (Stove top and Slow Cooker Options) – Make the best use of your leftover holiday Turkey with my easy homemade turkey bone broth recipe! You can use a slow cooker/crockpot or a deep pot on your stove top to make magic. Let’s get into it!

Leftover Turkey Nachos – Turkey Nachos! Looking for something to make with those holiday leftovers other than soups and casseroles? You’ve found it!

Easy Turkey Mole Turkey Mole is the best way to use up leftovers from Thanksgiving dinner. This rich and decadent sauce when mixed with turkey is transformed into something simply amazing.

Jumbo Sweet Potato Gingerbread Muffins – Classic jumbo muffins with nostalgic gingerbread flavor swirled with bits of rich, roasted sweet potato and topped with crunchy crushed pecans. 

Creamy Turkey Soup – This dreamy Creamy Turkey Soup recipe is hearty, rich, and so filling! Whether you use deep-fried turkey, smoked turkey, or baked turkey legs, the end result is perfection!

Roast Turkey Shepherd’s Pie (Thanksgiving Leftovers) – Repurpose your Thanksgiving leftovers with this scrumptious Roast Turkey Shepherd’s Pie. It’s easy to comfort food that’s on the table in under an hour.   

Cranberry Cream Cheese Made2 with Leftover Cranberry Sauce – Combining leftover cranberry sauce with cream cheese, chopped walnuts, and honey makes an easy, no-frills breakfast spread. And is a clever way to repurpose that Thanksgiving leftover cranberry sauce!

Leftover Turkey Fricassee (Easy 20-Minute Recipe) – There’s no tastier way to use leftover roast turkey than integrating it into a luscious and creamy Fricassee sauce. This recipe provides all the information you need, from seasoning the sauce to get the perfect balance of richness, umami, and acidity to valuable tips and serving ideas.

Thanksgiving Leftover Bacon Cups – Leftover stuffing and mashed potatoes stuffed into crispy bacon cups and baked to perfection in just 30 minutes to give your Thanksgiving leftovers a tasty new lease on life! 

Open-Faced Hot Turkey Sandwich – Indulge in the scrumptious nostalgia of a classic Open-faced Hot Turkey Sandwich, a delicious, comforting way to use Thanksgiving leftovers.

Cranberry Orange Cheesecake Dip – Cranberry orange cheesecake dip is the perfect sweet treat to make with that leftover Thanksgiving cranberry sauce. A fluffy no-bake cheesecake filling is swirled with tangy cranberry sauce and served with ginger snap cookies.

Sweet Potato Casserole Pancakes with Cranberry Sauce Syrup – Reinvent your Thanksgiving leftovers in the form of pancakes, using sweet potato casserole and cranberry sauce. You’ll be so glad you had leftovers to make these!

Gingered Turkey Rice and Soup with Basil – Jazz up your Thanksgiving leftovers with this soup using leftover turkey, homemade stock, fresh ginger, wild rice, and basil. So good you’ll want to set aside turkey to make it.

Instant Pot Turkey Soup – The perfect leftover turkey soup recipe! This easy Instant Pot Turkey Soup is a delicious way to put those Thanksgiving or holiday leftovers to work. Made with leftover turkey meat, broth from the turkey carcass and extra veggies and herbs. Recipe also includes stovetop instructions!

Turkey Bacon Sandwich – This easy recipe for a pesto turkey bacon sandwich is a delicious and simple way to use up leftover turkey. This recipe creates a completely new and exciting dish with turkey and pesto that the whole family will love.

Mashed Potato Croquettes in Air Fryer – Got leftover mashed potatoes in your fridge? Try these crispy air-fried potato croquettes. Creamy mashed potato balls stuffed with cheddar cheese, coated in breadcrumbs, and air-fried until golden brown. Perfect for a light lunch or a fun side dish.

Turkey and Sausage Gumbo – If you’re putting everything in one pot, you don’t have the worry about synchronization for all your dishes’ finish times. When the pot’s done, it’s time to eat! It is a favorite way to use leftover turkey.

Leftover Thanksgiving Casserole (Gluten-free) – When it comes to leftover Thanksgiving food, nothing beats this leftover Thanksgiving casserole recipe. It’s all the deliciousness without all the extra work.

Turkey a la King~Easy Leftover Turkey Recipe – This easy leftover turkey recipe is a streamlined version of pot pie minus the crust. The no-fuss, one-pan recipe uses up the last of the Thanksgiving turkey. Along with fresh carrots, mushrooms, peas, and a savory herb sauce, this dish will be a family favorite.

Creamy Leftover Turkey Curry with Coconut Milk – This creamy leftover turkey curry with coconut milk is the easiest and tastiest recipe to make with your Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey leftovers. Ready in just half an hour, this creamy curry has a delicious creamy sauce and is the perfect meal to surprise your family with after the holidays.

Cranberry Mayonnaise Using Leftover Cranberry Sauce – A leftover cranberry sauce remix. This delicious cranberry mayonnaise is the perfect condiment for all those leftover turkey sandwiches.

Leftover Turkey Bake – This is made with the leftovers from your last turkey dinner! It’s so creamy and delicious, that some folks like it better than the original turkey meal.

Leftover Mashed Potato Cakes – So you have a bunch of leftover mashed potatoes? Great! Let’s make the BEST Leftover Mashed Potato Cakes! With simple ingredients these potato cakes from leftover mashed potatoes is one the the best ways to transform those leftover into a new fabulous meal!

Leftover Turkey Quinoa Bowls – Combine all your favorite Thanksgiving dishes into one scrumptious and tasty bowl! Leftover Turkey Quinoa Bowls are a refreshingly delicious, easy way to enjoy leftover turkey the next day. 

 Instant Pot Turkey Rice Soup – This Instant Pot turkey rice soup is a simple hearty recipe for leftover turkey- bright, fresh, and loaded with vegetables!  This soup has garlic, carrots, celery, rice, and leftover turkey.  A great clean-out the fridge recipe!

Buffalo Turkey Pizza – Buffalo Turkey Pizza is a tasty and clever leftover turkey recipe because pizza is always the right choice. If you want an easy recipe with turkey, this leftover Thanksgiving recipe is for you! And it works perfectly with chicken too for Buffalo Chicken Pizza.

Leftover Turkey Soup – Use every part of your turkey…carcass and all! This Leftover Turkey Soup starts with a homemade turkey broth and adds in loads of vegetables for a comforting soup recipe

Cranberry Oat Crumble Bars – These Cranberry Oat Crumble Bars have sweet, tart, cranberry sauce nestled between a soft oatmeal base and a crumbly oat topping. Use leftover cranberry sauce to make these crumb bars even easier. They are so delicious. You’re gonna love them!

Curried Chicken Salad – This Chicken or Turkey Salad comes together so quickly. Seasoned with curry powder and chutney and mixed in with fruits and nuts,  too it is so deliciously good!


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