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!See Popular Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes
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!
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."
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.
Mix leftover turkey with peas, mushrooms, and a creamy cheese sauce to make this main-dish casserole.
You make a spicy spread for these turkey sandwiches, which are heated in the oven.
Looking for something new for breakfast? Try this yummy combination of cornmeal, parsley, sage, thyme, turkey, and waffles.
This sandwich uses any combination of leftovers (really!) and it's so tasty you'll dream about it all year!
With black beans, cheese, salsa, and sour cream, this healthy turkey casserole is like a baked taco, so kids are sure to love it.
Grapes, almonds, and fresh mint make a quick side salad for the turkey and cheese sandwich in this lunch recipe.
Using lean ground turkey in place of beef and whole wheat hot dog buns instead of more carb-heavy hoagie rolls keeps these meatball subs diet-friendly.
Make the simple herb-flavored butter to spread under the turkey skin. During roasting, the spread adds flavor and moistness to the poultry meat.
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.
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.
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.
Pistou, a blend of basil, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil, is the French counterpart of Italian pesto. It adds a burst of fresh flavor to this soup, which makes use of leftover turkey.