Our Absolute Favorite Recipes for Repurposing Your Thanksgiving Leftovers
Keep the festive mood going with these innovative recipes that take your holiday leftovers from boring to brilliant.
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 recreate a full plate of holiday favorites the following day, it's even more exciting to create an entirely new dish out of bits and pieces from the mains and sides. One delicious example? Our Thanksgiving Leftovers Pie, which is pictured here.
Start Black Friday with Thanksgiving leftovers for breakfast: Layer leftover turkey (or shredded, pre-cooked chicken should your family have finished the bird) on a tortilla along with 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!).
Creamy Leftover-Turkey-and-Rice Soup
Put a light, fresh spin on Thursday's leftovers with a speedy riff on avgolemono, the classic Greek chicken soup. Egg yolks (they're the "avgo") add creaminess to simmering stock while lemon juice (the "lemono") brightens the flavor, and cooked rice and shredded meat fill out every spoonful. If you have other prepared vegetables on hand, like sautéed greens or broccoli rabe, throw them in, too. The result is satisfyingly hearty, but not so much so that you'll conk out on the couch again.