Can we all agree that Thanksgiving is all great and wonderful until you have to eat the same leftovers for a week until all the turkey and taters are gone?
First world problems, I know. We should all be very grateful to have this problem, especially given that this whole holiday is about giving thanks. Sometimes I think we all need to take a minute to step back and realize how good we have it.
Anyways, on a lighter note…I’m putting together some of the best recipes for Thanksgiving leftovers for you all to try this year when you’re sick of stuffing and green bean casserole. ENJOY!
“The Day After” Turkey Soup
I made this recipe myself and it is SO good! I only put in one Tablespoon of parsley flakes (too lazy to get the fresh stuff) and I used four carrots instead of two.
You could also add in some rice or ditalini noodles if you want a little something extra in there.
I’ll be honest, I’m no chef. I just had to google “little noodles in Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli soup” to figure out what ditalini noodles were.
If you happen to have really over estimated the amount of turkey you needed for your Thanksgiving feast this would be a great option. You could just make a bigger batch and freeze some for later.
2 Cups diced cooked turkey
1 onion, diced
2 carrots, diced
1 potato, peeled and diced
¼ cup chopped celery
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 clove garlic, minced
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
6 Cups turkey stock
Combine turkey, onion, carrots, potato, celery, parsley, garlic, salt, and black pepper in a large stockpot; add turkey stock. Bring stock to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until vegetables are tender, 2 to 3 hours.
Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole
(recipe and photo from Our Life Tastes Good).
I think my mom and I are going to try this one out this week. It looks so yummy! And who doesn’t Love a good casserole?!
I think the apples will add a nice little extra flavor to your mish mosh of Thanksgiving goodies.
4 Cups leftover stuffing
4 Cups chopped leftover turkey
¾ Cup Mayonnaise
¼ Cup whole berry cranberry sauce
2 Cups leftover mashed potatoes
1 ½ Cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 apple, diced
Preheat oven to 375°. Spray 8-inch baking dish with no-stick cooking spray. Spoon in 2 cups stuffing, then top with turkey.
Combine 1/4 cup Hellmann’s® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise with cranberry sauce; evenly spread over turkey.
Combine remaining 1/2 cup Mayonnaise, your favorite mashed potatoes and cheese in large bowl. Evenly spread over the last layer, then top with remaining 2 cups stuffing. Sprinkle diced apples on top before baking.
Bake 40 minutes or until heated through. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Garnish, if desired, with dried cranberries.
(Recipe and photo from Delish).
Okay I know this is like a no brainer to make a turkey sandwich after thanksgiving, but holy smokes doesn’t this one look good?!
I like the idea of the dijonnaise spread and adding the spinach on top. Also just kinda like to say “dijonnaise.”
I actually know some restaurants that have a version of this sandwich on their menu year round because it’s so delicious. If for whatever reason you’ve never had one, please make this year your first!
2 tbsp. mayonnaise
2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
4 slices sourdough, toasted
2 c. leftover roasted turkey
1/2 leftover mashed potatoes
1/2 c. cranberry sauce
1/2 c. leftover stuffing
1/4 c. gravy, warmed
1/4 c. baby spinach, packed
In a small bowl, mix together mayo and mustard. Spread one side of two pieces of bread with Dijonnaise mixture. This is your base for both sandwiches.
Top each of the two slices of bread with 1 cup of turkey, ¼ cup of mashed potatoes, 2 tablespoons cranberry sauce, ¼ cup of stuffing, and then 2 tablespoons of gravy and spinach.
Place second pieces of bread on top to complete sandwiches. Slice in half and serve.
Thanksgiving Egg Rolls
(Photo and recipe from Delish).
Two of the greatest things in the world literally wrapped into one:
Thanksgiving and chinese food.
That actually sounds like a really disgusting combo until you look at the picture and the recipe. I think this is actually genius and looks so yummy! If you follow the link to the recipe there is a video that makes it look super easy.
I can’t say whether or not it actually is that simple though. We all know how the Pinterest fails go sometimes – this could be a similar case. It also could be one of the greatest recipes you’ve ever made so if you give it a shot with your leftovers, please let me know!
6 Eggroll wrappers
1 c. leftover turkey, shredded
1 c. leftover mashed potatoes
1 c. Leftover cranberries
1 c. leftover stuffing
1/3 c. Leftover gravy, for dipping
Place an egg roll wrapper on a clean surface in a diamond shape and spread a thin layer of cranberries. Next add a couple tablespoons of mashed potatoes, then stuffing, and then turkey. Fold up bottom half and tightly fold in sides. Gently roll, then seal, fold with a couple drops of water. Repeat with remaining leftovers.
In a large skillet over medium heat, heat remaining oil (it should reach 1″ up the side of pan) until it starts to bubble. Add egg rolls and fry until golden, 1 minute per side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to cool slightly.
Serve with heated gravy.
Thanksgiving Leftover Lasagna
(Photo and recipe from Delish).
If this photo doesn’t look like one of the most delicious things you’ve ever seen, you are crazy.
I think I could eat the entire pan. And this one sounds a little easier than rolling your own egg rolls, if you ask me.
Someone please try this one for me too. I have to know that it’s as delicious as it looks!
Butter, for greasing pan
2 tbsp. bread crumbs
3 c. prepared mashed potatoes
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 c. shredded Gruyère cheese
1 c. chopped cooked green beans (or other leftover green vegetables)
1 c. leftover shredded turkey
1/2 c. cranberry sauce
1/2 c. gravy
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8”-x-8” baking pan with butter then coat with breadcrumbs.
Mix together mashed potatoes and eggs until smooth. Spread about one third of the mashed potato mixture into the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle with cheese then drizzle with gravy. Top with green beans, turkey, more gravy and cranberry sauce. Spread more mashed potatoes on top and sprinkle with more cheese. Top with stuffing then drizzle with gravy. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until the lasagna is warmed through.
Let sit for at least 15 minutes before serving. Serve with more gravy, if desired.
Like I said, if you try any of these out I would Love to hear about it! You can find my contact info in my little bio below. Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving and lots of delicious goodies!
Ashley Parry was born and raised in Bettendorf, IA and graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Advertising and Communications. She has a fashion, lifestyle, and travel blog where she shares her love of style, adventurous travels, fashionable finds, and crazy crazy life. She loves spending time with her rescue pup and boyfriend as they bop around the US for his job. She has a creative mindset and Loves all things design, which she expresses through her career in content creation. You can find more of her craziness and realistic life insights on her blog or social media.