So, the feast is finished. The guests are gone. And you’ve got a fridge full of leftovers — turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing and pumpkin aplenty. What do you do with the bounty of food left uneaten? Well, make something delicious! Get inspired to make something new with these flavor-packed recipes and ideas for Thanksgiving leftovers.
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The Ultimate Leftover Pizza
Aka the kitchen sink of Thanksgiving leftovers, this loaded-up pizza includes roast turkey, stuffing, Brussels sprouts and even cranberry sauce. A ricotta cheese base brings the flavors together and makes each bite irresistible. Fair warning though, it might get a little messy.
Comforting Turkey Soup
Once the meat is stripped, turkey makes a flavorful stock. Use turkey bones as a substitute for chicken bones in homemade chicken broth. Enjoy a mug of this soothing elixir on its own (as a great way to try out the trend of sipping bone broth), or make it the base for our soothing, Pho-style soup.
Pumpkin Spice Pancakes
If you’ve got a bit of leftover pumpkin purée, pancakes make for a fun, cozy breakfast the morning after Thanksgiving. They call for a cup of purée and make up to six servings of hotcakes that sing the flavors of the season: cinnamon, nutmeg and maple syrup.
Make the Most of Stuffing
Stuffing for breakfast? Yes, please. There’s no doubt that it’s a prized Thanksgiving leftover — especially when formed into patties and served as an accompaniment to sunny-side up eggs.
Turkey and Cranberries Today, Nachos and Salsa Mañana
With a little kitchen magic, you can turn leftover cranberry sauce into a sweet-and-savory bowl of salsa. And that, paired with leftover turkey, makes for a perfect next-day nacho dish. Watch our video tutorial to learn how to pull it off.
Mashed Potato Possibilities
Leftover mash can be repurposed for just about any meal (just add extra milk or butter when reheating mashed potatoes to keep them creamy) Take it one step further by topping with poached eggs or mixing with an egg and bread crumbs for pan-fried patties.
Turkey Pot Pie
There’s always something comforting about a rich and creamy pot pie and our version — chock-full of cooked turkey, leeks, carrots, celery and mushrooms — is no exception.
Don’t toss Thanksgiving Day rolls and bread loaves — instead, transform them into crispy, crunchy toppings for your favorite salads. Make sure to store in an airtight container to keep them nice and crisp.
…or Bread Crumbs!
You can easily make bread crumbs from leftover bread or rolls and store in airtight plastic bags. Just follow our homemade crouton recipe, crush or pulse in a food processor, and scatter over chicken Parmesan, use as a binder for crab cakes, and more.
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
This delectable smoothie is the perfect way to carry over pumpkin pie flavor into your morning glass. Our two-serving recipe calls for a cup of pumpkin purée, in case you have leftovers from your pie-baking marathon.