Congratulations, you made it through cooking and hosting your very own Thanksgiving dinner! The food was delicious, you mastered the art of entertaining, and you cooked a meal that your guests will be raving about for months to come—but now that the Turkey Day dinner is over, what do you do with all of those leftovers?
What to Do With All Those Leftovers? Try These 5 Delicious Recipes!
While making the traditional Thanksgiving sandwich day after day can be tasty, why not mix it up with some new and innovative recipes? Here are 5 ways you can creatively use those delicious leftovers!
1. Thanksgiving Quesadilla
Turkey is such a flavorful and versatile protein that you can really put it in anything and make it delicious. This year, try making a quesadilla filled with as little or as many leftovers as you’d like. While this recipe is relatively simple, you can also add mashed potatoes, stuffing, or sweet potatoes to the quesadilla and really make it your own.
- 4 large flour tortillas
- 2 cups shredded leftover turkey
- ½ cup leftover cranberry sauce
- 2 cups shredded cheese of choice
- Fresh sage to garnish
Butter the tortillas and place in a skillet on medium heat. Add a ¼ cup of cheese to the bottom of one tortilla and top with 1 cup of turkey and ¼ cup of cranberry sauce. Top with another ¼ cup of cheese and the 2nd tortilla. Cook for about 4 minutes on each side until cheese is nice and melted. Top with chopped sage leaves and enjoy.
2. Pumpkin Pie Milkshake
Pie and ice cream is a classic combination, but eating slice after slice for a week straight is a bit much. Put down the fork and bust out a straw for this delicious pie alternative.
- 1 large slice of pumpkin pie (save some pie crust edge for topping!)
- 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream
- 1/3 cup of milk
- Whipped cream
Combine the pie, ice cream, and milk in a blender and pulse until smooth. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of piecrust.
3. Stuffing Waffles
While most people use a waffle maker for making fluffy Belgian style waffles, we like to think outside the box and use it for a variety of breakfast dishes. These stuffing waffles are the perfect example of ways to creatively use leftovers that the whole family will love!
- 4 cups of leftover stuffing
- 2 large eggs
- ¼ cup of chicken broth
- Leftover gravy for serving
Combine the stuffing, eggs, and chicken broth in a bowl and stir to combine. If needed, add more broth until the stuffing mixture is moistened. Spray a waffle iron with canola oil and add half the stuffing mixture onto the waffle maker, spreading evenly. Close the lid and let the waffle cook until golden brown. Top with leftover gravy or cranberry sauce and enjoy! (Optional: add a fried egg on top of the finished waffle with a bit of chopped sage!)
4. Turkey Cranberry & Brie Panini
When it comes to bread, meat, and cheese, you really can’t go wrong. Instead of throwing all of your leftovers onto some toasted white bread, try upping your leftover sandwich game with this elegant panini. All you need is a few simple ingredients!
- 4 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1 cup cranberry sauce
- 8 slices of bread (makes 4 sandwiches)
- 1 cup shredded leftover turkey
- 4 oz of brie cut into 4 slices
- Salt & pepper to taste
Bring a grill or panini pan to medium heat and spray with cooking oil. Spread the Dijon mustard on one side of the bread. Add one slice of brie and shredded turkey on top the bread. Season with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Top with the remaining slice of bread and press your grill pan/ Panini pan down to cook the sandwich. Toast until the bread is golden brown and the cheese is melted.
5. Mashed Potato Egg Cloud
This breakfast is rich, flavorful, and delicious. You would never think to have mashed potatoes as your first meal of the day, but it works surprisingly well!
- 4 cups of leftover mashed potatoes
- 6 strips of cooked, crumbled bacon
- 2 TBS melted butter
- 4 eggs
- ¼ cup parmesan cheese
- Salt & pepper to taste
Preheat your oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray lightly with canola oil. Add chopped bacon to the potatoes and mix to combine. Scoop 4 even portions of mashed potatoes onto your baking sheet and create a well in each using a spoon. Brush with melted butter. Crack 1 egg into each well and top with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the potatoes are golden brown and the eggs are set but still jiggly.