Thanksgiving Leftovers

Nibbling on leftovers is one of the best parts of Thanksgiving, and our recipes give you lots of great leftover ideas. Use the rest of the bird in Turkey Tortilla Soup, Cran-Turkey Enchiladas, or one of our other turkey recipes. Warm up a leftover side dish, and presto -- you've got day-after-Thanksgiving lunch!

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Thanksgiving Leftovers: Smart Storage

Here's the news, some good, some bad. Good news: my husband and I are invited to our friends' house for Thanksgiving dinner this year. Bad news: we won't have any leftovers!

What Do Americans Really Think of Thanksgiving? (Hint: "Leftovers")

It's pretty mind-boggling when you think about it: every November, on the last Thursday of the month, tens of millions of Americans gather round their tables to eat a menu that, no matter how your season it or spice it, is more or less the same. You know how they have those crazy Guinness world records for things like "most people eating hot dogs simultaneously"? Well, seems each year we Americans should set one for "most people eating cranberry sauce at the same time."

20 Tasty Recipes to Put Thanksgiving Leftovers to Good Use

Turkey looking tired already? Ready for a mash makeover? Put all of your Thanksgiving leftovers to good use in these 20 tempting recipes.

Thank Goodness for Thanksgiving Leftovers: Cook Once, Eat Twice

Thanksgiving dinner is at my in-laws this year, so I'm off the hook, but I've offered to bring a mashed potatoes. At this time of year there's so much cooking going on, which makes it especially important to have go-to dishes like this Turkey Shepherd's Pie for meal number two. I can get it ready without too much thought; you just layer a bunch of those tasty leftovers from the "big day" and pop it in the oven.

Speedy Turkey Tetrazzini

Ladies' Home Journal

Mix leftover turkey with peas, mushrooms, and a creamy cheese sauce to make this main-dish casserole.

Total: 50 mins

Lotsa-Leftover Turkey and Dumplings


Whip up this 20-minute dinner the day after a big feast to use up leftover turkey and vegetables.

Taco-Turkey Sandwiches

Better Homes and Gardens

You make a spicy spread for these turkey sandwiches, which are heated in the oven.

Herbed Turkey and Waffles

Better Homes and Gardens

Looking for something new for breakfast? Try this yummy combination of cornmeal, parsley, sage, thyme, turkey, and waffles.

Total: 35 mins

Southwest Turkey Bake

Taste of the South
Total: 1 hr 5 mins

Holiday Leftovers Sandwich


This sandwich uses any combination of leftovers (really!) and it's so tasty you'll dream about it all year!

Total: 20 mins

Turkey Enchiladas

Ladies' Home Journal

With black beans, cheese, salsa, and sour cream, this healthy turkey casserole is like a baked taco, so kids are sure to love it.

Open-face Turkey Mornay

Family Circle

Turkey Jack Sandwich with Red Grape Salad


Grapes, almonds, and fresh mint make a quick side salad for the turkey and cheese sandwich in this lunch recipe.

Artichoke-Turkey Casserole

Better Homes and Gardens

Here's a low-fat dinner suggestion that combines turkey and artichokes into one delicious casserole. Use the make-ahead directions when you need a warm meal on a busy night.

Favorite Roasted Turkey and Gravy

Ladies' Home Journal

If you've never made a turkey, here's a good beginner recipe. Orange, thyme, and sage add a lot of flavor without a lot of work.

Total: 5 hrs 5 mins

Mashed-Potato Spring Rolls

Food & Wine

David Chang took F&W's Thanksgiving challenge by improvising a Momofuku-style feast from basic leftovers, including turning mashed potatoes and green beans into this crispy canape, a salute to the 1950s.

Total: 30 mins

Grilled Turkey Sandwich


For a lighter and fresher take on a burger and fries, serve a fruity turkey sandwich with baked potato sticks.

Thanksgiving Leftovers  Recipes: Take your pick!
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