Thanksgiving leftovers sandwich

Creative ways to repurpose your Thanksgiving feast

Savoring the leftovers

Story by Gregory P. Thomas

The joy of Thanksgiving doesn’t end when the meal is over; it continues with the delightful prospect of leftover dishes. While reheating the same plate from the day before can be satisfying in its own right, there are countless ways to elevate your Thanksgiving leftovers into new culinary adventures. So savor those leftovers, and relish the continuation of the holiday feast. 

Thanksgiving leftovers sandwich

Thanksgiving leftovers sandwich

Layer turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce between slices of bread for the ultimate Thanksgiving leftovers sandwich. It’s a handheld feast!

Chicken, cranberry, spinach and gouda cheese quesadilla

Cranberry turkey quesadillas

Add a twist to your turkey leftovers by making cranberry turkey quesadillas. Spread cranberry sauce on a tortilla, add turkey, spinach and gouda cheese, then cook until it’s crispy and melty.

A chicken or turkey pot pie shot closeup

Turkey pot pie

Transform your leftovers into a comforting pot pie. Combine diced turkey with vegetables, gravy and a flaky pie crust for a hearty and delicious meal.

Aerial view at delivered fresh pizza by pizza service delivery

Turkey and cranberry pizza

Get creative with a Thanksgiving-themed pizza. Use cranberry sauce as the base, top it with turkey, cheese, and perhaps some caramelized onions for a unique and delicious meal.

Mushrooms' caps stuffed with mixture of cheese, onion, breadcrum

Stuffing-stuffed mushrooms

Use your leftover stuffing as a filling for stuffed mushrooms. Scoop out the mushroom caps, fill them with stuffing, and bake until golden brown.

Sweet Potato Pancakes with sweet potatoes, eggs, cinnamon, vanilla maple syrup. Light background

Sweet potato pancakes

Turn your leftover sweet potatoes into sweet potato pancakes. Simply mix them with flour, eggs and a touch of cinnamon, then cook them like regular pancakes.

Fried rice with chicken. Prepared and served in a wok. Natural wood in the background. Front view.

Turkey fried rice

Give your leftover turkey a makeover by incorporating it into a turkey fried-rice recipe. Combine it with cooked rice, veggies and soy sauce for a quick and satisfying dish.

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Milkshake with Whipped Cream

Pumpkin pie milkshake

Don’t forget dessert! Blend a slice of leftover pumpkin pie with vanilla ice cream and a dash of milk for a delightful pumpkin pie milkshake.

Green salad with turkey, apples and cranberries on a green placemat . . .

Leftovers salad

Create a fresh salad using leftover turkey, apples, cranberries and greens. Top it with a homemade vinaigrette for a healthy post-Thanksgiving meal.

Closeup of baked cranberry muffins cooling on a rack

Cranberry muffins

Use cranberry sauce to make cranberry muffins or scones. The tartness of the cranberries pairs wonderfully with the sweetness of baked goods.

Thanksgiving poutine with roast turkey, stuffing, cheese curds, homemade gravy and cranberry sauce over crinkle cut French fries.

Turkey and gravy poutine

Turn your Thanksgiving leftovers into a Canadian favorite: poutine. Pour leftover gravy over a plate of french fries, and add chunks of turkey and cheese curds for a rich and indulgent treat.

A view of caramelized Brussels sprouts served in a cast iron skillet, in a restaurant or kitchen setting.

Brussels sprout hash

Sauté leftover roasted Brussels sprouts with diced turkey, bacon and potatoes to make a delicious hash. Top it with fried or poached egg for an extra layer of flavor.

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