30 Things to do with Thanksgiving Leftovers

After Thanksgiving, there’s always a fridge full of Thanksgiving leftovers. Why have a boring sandwich? Here’s 30 fantastic options to keep things interesting. You can even make breakfast with your Thanksgiving leftovers!

30 Uses for Thanksgiving Leftovers, from Sandwiches to Breakfast! Find them on RachelCooks.com

You know, the worst part of not having Thanksgiving at your house is that you don’t always end up with leftovers. And the leftovers are nearly as much fun as the main event! I’d say I’m giving you 20 reasons to make extra food solely for the purpose of having leftovers to enjoy.

What is your favorite thing to do with Thanksgiving leftovers?

Turkey and Brie Grilled Cheese from FoodieCrush.com

Photo: FoodieCrush


Turkey, Cranberry, and Grilled Brie Cheese Sandwich {FoodieCrush}

Lemon Pepper Turkey Sandwiches {Simple Bites}

Thanksgiving Turkey Reuben {Panini Happy}

Turkey Tater Sliders {Bev Cooks}

Turkey and Cranberry Sandwich {Sweet Remedy}

Turkey and Guacamole Quesadilla {Kalyn’s Kitchen}

Turkey and Cranberry Panini with Goat Cheese Aioli {Messy Baker}

Turkey Caesar Sandwich {Tidy Mom}

Roast Turkey Cobb Sandwich {Closet Cooking}

Turkey Pot Pie from Just a Taste

Photo: Just a Taste

Main Dishes

Turkey Pot Pie with Cheddar Biscuit Crust {Just a Taste}

Cranberry Barbecue Turkey Stuffed Sweet Potatoes {GirliChef}

Rosemary Turkey Squares {Taste and Tell}

Turkey Tamale Pie {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Leftover Turkey and Vegetable Curry {Food For My Family}

Turkey Enchiladas {Baked By Rachel}

Turkey, Farro and Cranberries {Reluctant Entertainer}

Turkey and Cranberry Enchiladas {Recipe Girl}

Baked Tortellini with Turkey, Butternut Squash, and Chard {Cookin’ Canuck}

Turkey Pho from Healthy Green Kitchen


Photo: Healthy Green Kitchen

Soups & Salads

Leftover Turkey Pho {Healthy Green Kitchen}

Next Day Turkey Soup {Recipe Girl}

Creamy Turkey and Wild Rice Soup {A Farmgirl’s Dabbles}

Creamy Turkey Noodle Soup {Barefeet in the Kitchen}

White Turkey Chili {Taste and Tell}

Smoked Turkey Chowder with Mushrooms and Sweet Potatoes {A Farmgirl’s Dabbles}

Turkey and Walnut Salad with Cranberry Dressing {Barefeet in the Kitchen}


Cranberry Parfait from Sweet Remedy

Photo: Sweet Remedy


Orange Cranberry Parfait {Sweet Remedy}

Stuffing Frittata {Total Noms}

Whole Wheat Sweet Potato Waffles {Comfortably Domestic}

Turkey Hash with Chorizo {Comfortably Domestic}

Leftover Cranberry Sauce Muffins {Two Peas and Their Pod}


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  1. Rachel,
    Many thanks for allowing me to share your round up in my Best Thanksgiving Round Ups post! I appreciate your contribution to the cornucopia of recipes. With your help, we’ve got hundreds of recipes for all sorts of Thanksgiving needs, from setting the table, to making ahead, to vegetarian dishes, to more desserts than my brain can comprehend.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. I wish I had some Thanksgiving leftovers to use!! Great round-up, Rachel. Thanks for including my soup…it’s my family’s #1 requested soup! Hope you had a very happy Thanksgiving! xo

  3. So many great ideas! I don’t mind not hosting because my mom lets us take leftovers home. :) Are leftovers better than the actual main event? I love them both. :)
    Have a lovely Thanksgiving!

  4. Fantastic line up, Rachel! Thanks so much for sharing my sweet potato waffles. Heidi’s (FoodieCrush) Grilled Turkey with Brie, Cranberry & Avocado Sandwich is calling my name!

  5. so yummy, but my boys are so good at eating the leftovers (two are teenage eating machines), I rarely get the chance to incorporate them into anything else.

  6. I live for the leftovers. Turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce sandwiches – I can’t wait. Turkey bbq stuffed in a baked potato and topped with cheddar/mozzarella cheese. If I keep this up I’m going to be so hungry I won’t be able to wait. :)

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