These easy Thanksgiving leftover recipes are the best way to use up extra turkey! Transform your leftover holiday food into new, crazy good recipes.
Let’s all take a deep breath. Another holiday is over.
We can get those running shoes back on, start making salads and healthy dinners again and get back on our schedules.
Thanksgiving dinner is usually a several hour long even in our house. appetizers, drinks, dinner – ALL the sides – and then dessert. Or really more like a dessert table. A whole table of desserts.
We were so stuffed we actually felt like turkeys after dinner this Thanksgiving. It was all so good it’s hard to stop at one helping…or after one individual cheesecake. It doesn’t seem as abad for you when it’s a small sized dessert, does it?
Then you wake up the nest day to all the leftovers, which if you ask me is the best part of Thanksgiving dinner. Turkey sandwiches piled high with all the toppings…mashed potatoes that you can fry up into tasty bite sized crispy balls…and the absolute best part…turkey soup.
You’re going to see a lot of leftover chicken recipes here too since chicken and turkey are pretty interchangeable in most recipes.
So let’s get started!
Hopefully you’re reading this enough in advance and you didn’t get rid of your turkey bones yet. The bones are what give this soup it’s killer, homemade flavor. And seriously, this pot of soup will feed your family for another week.
You can pretty much put anything into a quesadilla, top it with cheese and fry it up in a skillet until it’s good and crispy. You’re leftover turkey dinner is no exception. We’ve stuffed these quesadillas with leftover stuffing and topped it with cheese. Leftover gravy and cranberry sauce are perfect dippers for thee quesadillas!
You can pretty much use you entire leftover Thanksgiving dinner in this recipe!
This chili can be made spicy as is, or toned down for you’re not so spicy fans. You can load in all the leftover turkey you want after you’re done making those sandwiches!
You can use leftover turkey or chicken, but since we’re talking Thanksgiving leftovers this one is perfect for all that turkey! AND you can pile those leftover mashed potatoes right on top.
So again, chicken and turkey meat are pretty interchangeable. Swap out your leftover turkey for the chicken in this recipe and add whatever leftover stuffing you have on top!
If you made a ham this year too you have to make this ham and noodle soup!
This one is a favorite with our boys, they can’t wait for us to make a ham to use the bone and make this soup. Then we add tons of noodles and carrots, it’s just like chicken noodle soup but with ham!
Or turkey enchiladas! Make it a tex-mex leftover night with these super easy enchiladas! You can add some of your leftover vegetables that no one ate right in here too…they’ll be gobbled right up!
Ok now, if you haven’t tried this pasta recipe yet you need to do so ASAP. Leftover turkey works amazingly well in here with the mushrooms and pancetta!
Looking to lighten up a bit after the food festival? This chopped salad will do the trick! Add your chopped leftover turkey pieces right in here and get some greens going on today!
Another chicken and turkey swap out, this chowder only uses a touch of cream (mostly milk) but still has that thick chowder consistency you crave.
Let’s not forget those leftover side dishes!
These mashed potato balls are so addictive, creamy centers with a crispy, fried crust on the outside. We wait patiently for leftover mashed potatoes just so we can make these.
If you have any leftover rice from the holiday you can use it to make this easy rice and mushroom recipe. We make this a lot and add pork or (leftover chicken or turkey!) and turn this side dish into a meal!
Leftover stuffing? Any kind of stuffing will work here, it doesn’t have to be cornbread. Just stuff and follow the cooking time in the recipe and you’ll be good to go!
This sandwich gets a layer of tomato and a special sausage gravy on top. Broiled quick to perfection then devoured. You’re never going to eat a hot turkey sandwich better than this one!
You can buy smoked turkey legs right at the grocery store, but if you have leftover legs from Thanksgiving they will work perfectly!
This flavored mayonnaise literally takes less than 5 minutes to make and you won’t believe how crazy good it tastes!
You can use it on your sandwich or use it as a dip for the leftover vegetables. You’ll be double dipping in this mayo, I promise!