5 Delicious Recipes Starring Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

5 Delicious Recipes Starring Your Thanksgiving Leftovers


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Let no good food go to waste without skimping on taste. Try these easy and yummy Thanksgiving leftover recipes.

Potato Patty, Hash, and Croquettes

Don’t let mounds of mashed potatoes haunt you for the rest of the week. Mix them with flavors and spices and cheese, and turn them into delightful patties, hash, and croquettes. This is one kids and kids at heart wouldn’t mind snacking all day.

Crazy Cranberry Turnovers

Get the most out of your leftover cranberry sauce by making this deliciously sweet and crispy pastry dessert you and your family would love to munch on for breakfast or snacks. Best paired with a hot cup of freshly brewed coffee or with a refreshing glass of lemon iced tea to balance the sweetness.

See the full recipe.

Thankful For Pizza

After spending a monstrously long amount of time in the kitchen whipping up those Thanksgiving masterpieces, it’s no surprise if you resort to take-out food while you recover. Pizza is always a good idea, right?

Transform Thanksgiving leftovers by using it as ingredients for pizza.

  • Choose a crust.
    While you can make your own pizza crust, go ahead and get the pre-made crusts from the grocery.
  • Spread tomato sauce, mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, and your Thanksgiving leftovers – whether it’s turkey, mashed potatoes, or stuffing, just throw them onto it! 
  • Sprinkle with generous amounts of cheese – mozzarella, parmesan, whatever you have. Everything tastes better with cheese.

Experiment with different flavors and mixes.

If you feel the toppings would be too heavy for one pizza crust, make two. Or better yet, use a pastry sheet on a tart pan, so your pizza can be thicker.

Turkey Breakfast Tacos

From Martha Stewart herself, this recipe is a fresh way to repurpose your leftover turkey and sweet potatoes. To shake things up, she recommends adding fresh salsa and a fried egg.

Tasty Turkey Salad

Was Thanksgiving dinner super tempting it threw you off track on your supposedly “strictly healthy, portion-controlled” diet? Don’t fret. Here’s an equally sumptuous and pocket-friendly way to lose the holiday pounds. By eating salads no less.

What To Do:

  • Get what’s left of your turkey. Chop or shred the meat off as you please.
  • Gather leftover vegetables – spinach, carrots, broccoli, or whatever you can find.
  • Mix and match. It’s better if you can make two or more combinations.
  • For the dressing, whisk together cranberry sauce, apple cider vinegar, salt, olive oil, and water.
  • Store in clean and dry Mason jar or any air-tight container.

And voila! You now have make-ahead salads you can happily eat without guilt.

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