Plan Ahead for Thanksgiving Leftovers

by Robyn Wright on November 23, 2015

in Food

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One of the best things about Thanksgiving, to me, is the leftovers. I love them just as they are but also I love creating other meals with them. Today I’m sharing a collection of leftover Thanksgiving food recipes for everyone. Remember to plan for these when you go to the grocery store this week so you have all the extra items you need on hand after Thursday.


Turkey Rolls – Sushi Inspired
I love this idea of little rolls with the leftovers from Thanksgiving from Arts & Crackers. She uses leftover turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy and then adds a few extra ingredients, like horseradish and ginger, to take the flavors in a different direction! Photo source: Arts & Crackers


Baked Turkey Wasabi Mashed Potato Croquettes
Ohhh, these sound so delicous! I think this is a recipe I will try this year with my leftovers for sure. It uses my favorite, mashed potatoes, and some of your leftover turkey meat plus adds wasabi and I love spicy food! Carrie’s Experiemental Kitchen shares this recipe which is sure to become a family favorite. Photo source: Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen


Southwest Turkey Wrap
My friend Chrysa of Thrifty Jinxy has a great recipe for a Southwest Turkey Wrap. Remember to cut some of your leftover turkey from Thanksgiving into very thin slices for great sandwich ideas like this. She adds a great sauce with lime juice, cumin, and ground chipotle which really will spice up your leftovers! Photo source: Thrifty Jinxy


Turkey Turnovers
This recipe from Ann’s Entitled Life turns some of your leftover turkey into a hand-help (or fork and knife) turnover. I love this idea of adding bacon, cheese, and some other delicious ingredients and stuffing it into pie crusts with our leftover turkey. Photo source: Ann’s Entitled Life


Turkey Brie and Cranberry Panini
YES YES YES! This is along the lines of my favorite leftover Thanksgiving sandwich! Deb CB has a great recipe for a Turkey, Brie and Cranberry Panini!  I just bought Brie at the store today so I would have it on hand for my own leftovers. I actually add gravy to my version, and sometimes some veggies or stuffing too. You must try this! Photo source: Deb CB


Green Chile Turkey Enchiladas
I so love Mexican food and you can really use just about any protein, including turkey, inside of them. These Green Child Turkey Enchiladas are fantastic and I’ve made them several times.

Turkey and Stuffing Waffles
I’ve seen several variations on this on TV lately. Making waffles with the stuffing leftovers. This recipe from Gator Mommy Reviews for Turkey Stuffing and Waffles is easy and sounds amazing! You add some water, butter and gravy to the stuffing and then cook it again in a waffle maker and then top with more turkey and gravy! Photo source: Gator Mommy Reviews


Creamy Turkey Soup
There is nothing better than homemade soup. If you are cooking a turkey on Thanksgiving take advantage of having the turkey carcass on hand to make your own homemade soup. This recipe does not make the broth from scratch, but it’s easy to make if you put the turkey bones in a pot of water with aromatics to make your own stock. Even if you don’t want to go that far, this recipe from Ann’s Entitled Life will still make wonderful soup from your leftover turkey meat! Photo Source: Ann’s Entitled Life


Cranberry Pecan Turkey Salad
Normally I’m not a big fan of “meat” salads, but this Cranberry Pecan Turkey Salad from Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen actually sounds good to me. I love that it has pecans and cranberries inside of it! Photo source: Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen

Do you have any favorite recipes for using your Thanksgiving leftovers? Share in the comments below!


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1 Tiffany C November 23, 2015 at 9:14 pm

ohh the Baked Turkey Wasabi Mashed Potato Croquettes sounds great! I love croquettes!

2 Robyn Wright November 23, 2015 at 10:07 pm

Right? I had to include that recipe when I saw it!

3 Olivia November 23, 2015 at 10:44 pm

I love the turkey roll idea inspired by sushi! I think my kids would love it!

4 Robyn Wright November 24, 2015 at 5:42 pm

Isn’t it fun? I think the kids would love it too!

5 Kristen November 24, 2015 at 12:11 am

Maybe one year I need to buy a bigger turkey! We usually buy one just big enough for dinner and a couple days of sandwiches so we don’t have too much left over. I might consider just buying a turkey breast later and cooking it up to make those turnovers.

6 Robyn Wright November 24, 2015 at 5:43 pm

Yes! Leftovers from Thanksgiving are amazing to me. I have a whole turkey, a turkey breast, and a ham for this Thanksgiving, plus I make plenty of all the sides so we have leftovers of those as well.

7 Robin November 24, 2015 at 6:35 am

Those croquettes and turkey rolls look like they would be popular. Personally, I will put leftover cranberry sauce on anything. It would be cool to try making a leftover mashed potato pizza with shredded cheese and leftover vegetables on top of the potatoes.

8 Robyn Wright November 24, 2015 at 5:43 pm

Ohhhh I like the idea of the mashed potato pizza! Would you make the crust with the potatoes or that would be a topping on the regular crust?

9 Robin November 25, 2015 at 6:51 am

I would just smear some potatoes on top of a regular soft crust…but somebody could probably figure out how to actually make a potato flour crust…

10 Robyn Wright November 25, 2015 at 5:35 pm

I don’t know that I’ve seen potato crusts, but I’ve seen a lot of cauliflower crusts for pizzas so I’m guessing you could figure a way to do it

11 Lisa Brown November 24, 2015 at 7:26 am

Turkey Brie and Cranberry Panini so yummy! Great ideas :)

12 Robyn Wright November 24, 2015 at 5:44 pm

It is sooooo good! I am drooling just thinking about my leftover turkey and cranberry sandwich with brie!

13 Natalie November 24, 2015 at 12:23 pm

Those turkey rolls are so cute and unique! I bet they taste amazing!

14 Robyn Wright November 24, 2015 at 5:44 pm

Let me know if you try them and what you think!

15 salexis November 24, 2015 at 12:50 pm

I believe I would enjoy the Turkey Brie and Cranberry Panini even more than the thanksgiving dinner!

16 Robyn Wright November 24, 2015 at 5:44 pm

Agreed – they are so delicious!

17 shellypeterson November 24, 2015 at 5:12 pm

so many amazing recipes for left over Thanksgiving food. Usually we do Thanksgiving at my sons house but we were all invited elsewhere so sadly there will be no left overs this year.

18 Robyn Wright November 24, 2015 at 5:44 pm

Maybe your host will offer you some leftovers?

19 shellypeterson November 25, 2015 at 11:02 pm

Now that would be nice! :)

20 nidhi November 24, 2015 at 5:34 pm

I like all the delicious turkey recipes you have mentioned in this post. Wow so many different way we can serve turkey on thanksgiving.

21 Robyn Wright November 24, 2015 at 5:45 pm

Thank you! Enjoy!

22 tannawings November 24, 2015 at 10:00 pm

I love all the recipes I am coming to your house :) We have tons oof sandwiches, soups and I freeeze some of it.

23 Robyn Wright November 25, 2015 at 5:35 pm

We would love to have you join us!

24 SheilaV November 28, 2015 at 4:35 pm

Thank you! I have been looking for a better Turkey Soup recipe and was looking for a good Turkey Salad recipe. The Cranberry Pecan Turkey Salad sounds fantastic to serve drop in guests.

25 Robyn Wright December 1, 2015 at 7:55 pm

Let me know if you try them!

26 Alyssa @ Arts & Crackers November 30, 2015 at 8:51 am

These look so good! I love panini so I want to try that. We love making soup with the leftovers too. Thanks for including my sushi-inspired turkey rolls!

27 Robyn Wright December 1, 2015 at 7:55 pm

You’re welcome @alyssaartscrackers:disqus – such a fun idea!

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