Creative Dishes Using Thanksgiving Leftovers

Posted In: Holidays

We’ve taken a good portion of the creativity load off your shoulders and came up with these recipes perfect for utilizing those leftovers. Depending on what you chose to make and serve at Thanksgiving may require a little bit of adaptation to these recipes. That’s ok though! The recipes you see below are meant as guidelines and can be customized to match your leftovers.

If your family is anything like mine, our eyes tend to be bigger than our stomachs – especially when it comes to Thanksgiving. After waist bands have been stretched and food comas have ceased, the age old question remains; what to do with the leftovers.

As great as the Thanksgiving meal may be, eating it for three days in a row can quickly zap the joy and excitement of holiday meals. The best way to break out of the rut while ensuring nothing goes to waste is implementing some creativity to the post-holiday meal plan and adapting to what’s available.

By using these recipes as a guideline, you will use up all of those Thanksgiving leftovers in no time while never being bored for your next meal.


Turkey Pot Pie Cone

Chicken pot pie is one of those dishes that warms the soul on a chilly day. I think many of us could use a soul warming on black Friday. Using the turkey and vegetables from your leftovers, make this unique approach to pot pie by filling it into a delicious homemade cone. It’s a cornucopia of ooey, gooey, tryptophantastic bliss.


Christmas on a Bun

Homemade cranberry sauce is a thing of beauty. It’s hard to even compare the real thing with canned versions. Think of homemade cranberry sauce as a slightly tart jam. The sweet, tartness of cranberry sauce is the perfect ingredient to cut through the fat on a thick juicy burger loaded up with toppings. This is a great base recipe but feel free to customize it with other cheeses and vegetables you may have on hand. If you still have lots of dinner rolls, turn this recipe into sliders instead of getting new buns.


Open Face Turkey Melt

Sandwiches tend to be the easiest option of utilizing Thanksgiving leftovers. There are thousands of combinations out there to make a great sandwich; just don’t fall into the same rut as every year. In this recipe, each ingredient from the creamy melted brie to the aggressive Dijon mustard meld together for a symphony of opposite textures and flavors.


White Turkey Chili

Does anything warm you up faster on a cold day than chili? This white chili utilizes leftover turkey and doesn’t skimp on the flavor with spices straight from the southwest; roasted green chili peppers, cumin and cilantro. For an extra treat, toast up some dressing or stuffing and use as a few crunchy croutons to add some texture.


Turkey Club Pizza

Incorporating a few fresh ingredients with the leftover ones can go a long way to making a dish feel bright and vibrant. Combining leftover turkey and vegetables with fresh tomatoes and avocado make this club pizza a delicious option for those post-holidy meals.