Our Absolute Favorite Recipes for Thanksgiving Leftovers
The feast may be complete but the refrigerator is still packed with Thanksgiving leftovers like turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and so much more. While it's easy to create a full plate the following day with Thanksgiving leftovers, it's even more exciting to create an entirely new dish out of bits and pieces from the mains and sides, such as a Thanksgiving Leftovers Pie.
Start Black Friday with Thanksgiving leftovers for breakfast; layer shredded pre-cooked chicken on a tortilla, plus mashed sweet potatoes, sautéed onions, and a fried egg for the ultimate Turkey Breakfast Taco. It's easy to prepare a big batch of these if you have family and friends staying over too.
If you're still feeling full from Thanksgiving dinner and can't imagine consuming anything beyond coffee or tea for breakfast, prepare a dessert made with leftovers in the morning to enjoy it later in the day. Swirl cranberry sauce into a classic vanilla cheesecake or create individual Cranberry Curd Tartlets that use a double whammy of leftover pie crust and leftover cranberry sauce. Their miniature size makes them perfect for having just a small sweet bite at the end of the day.
Or balance out all of the heavy carbs with a light salad that uses shredded turkey, chopped celery (leftover from your crudité board, perhaps?), and cranberry sauce as a component of a very bright, tart dressing. It's a great lunch to enjoy over the weekend.
All of our ideas for using up Thanksgiving leftovers are sure to inspire (and will help you clear out your refrigerator in the process too!).