Using Thanksgiving Leftovers

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November 29, 2017

Thanksgiving Leftovers Monte Cristo SandwichI am always trying to think of new ways to use up leftovers from Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. The first round of heating up leftovers is always exciting but it seems like there is more moaning and groaning from round three and on. This Monte Cristo sandwich something I started this year. All the leftovers are packed between a couple slices of bread, battered, fried and dusted with powdered sugar. It is so good, we are all looking forward to my Monte Christmas sandwich around the corner!


Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 2 sandwiches that can easily serve 4


  • 4 slices sturdy sandwich bread
  • cranberry sauce
  • mustard
  • mayonnaise
  • mashed potatoes
  • turkey
  • cheese
  • yams
  • stuffing
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • oil for frying
  • 1 tsp powdered sugar
Thanksgiving Leftovers Monte Cristo Sandwich


  1. Start by spreading cranberry sauce on one side, and mustard and mayonnaise on the other.
  2. Mayonnaise and cranberries spread on bread
  3. On the cranberry sauce, build upwards by adding a thin layer of mashed potatoes, turkey, then cover in cheese. On the mustard and mayonnaise, add yams, then stuffing. Press stuffing down so it locks in.
  4. leftovers on bread

  5. Flip the stuffing side down onto the other half of the sandwich and press down firmly with your hand to really keep the sandwich together.
  6. smashing sandwich
  7. Place egg in a wide bowl, add water and beat together. Beat in salt, sugar, flour, and baking powder until very smooth.
  8. whisking egg in bowl
  9. Place sandwich in batter and cover all the sides.
  10. dipping sandwich in egg
  11. Very carefully place battered sandwich in hot oil and fry until golden.
  12. grilling sandwich

  13. Flip sandwich over. Press to sides of pan so all the batter is completely crisp.
  14. flipped grilled sandwich
  15. Remove sandwich from pan and place on a paper towel. Repeat steps to make another sandwich.
  16. sandwich on paper towel on plate
  17. Allow to cool, then slice diagonally.
  18. cut sandwich
  19. Stack one on the other, dust with powdered sugar and serve with a side of cranberry sauce.
  20. Thanksgiving Leftovers Monte sandwich with side of cranberries on plate

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November 19, 2009

I buy the throw-away aluminum baking pans with lids to send leftovers home for my guests. Example: for my three children, I buy 2 pans for each family; one for the main meal leftovers and one for desserts.


December 4, 2009

A great way to use up that last bit of leftover turkey and leftover mashed potatoes. Combine potatoes, turkey, and onions.


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November 25, 2011

I haven't had this in a long time, but I look forward to it as much as I do the Thanksgiving dinner. We have a dish in our house known as Musgo "everything in the fridge must go".


At Thanksgiving time, Musgo is a Thanksgiving casserole.


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November 23, 2011

Wondering what to do with all the leftovers from your Thanksgiving feast? This is a real family favorite, kind of a home version of KFC's mashed potato bowls.


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November 30, 2009

If you have leftover cranberry sauce, mix it in your oatmeal for a yummy breakfast! You can add raisins too.


Just put in a dollop of cranberry sauce before you cook the oatmeal and stir it together when it's done.


December 5, 2011

There's always left overs after Thanksgiving. What I just started doing is using the cranberry sauce on my bagels. Cream cheese and topped with a little cranberry sauce! Yummy, better than jam!


November 25, 2008

Looking for a good use for all those Thanksgiving leftovers? My family gets together with 2-3 other families for dinner the day after Thanksgiving. We all bring our leftovers and share what we have.


April 15, 2005

I decided to use up the last of a turkey that I had in the freezer by making enchiladas. I was appalled to find that the enchilada sauce was well over $2.50 a can.


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November 25, 2009

For turkey leftovers, make a breakfast hash. Pan fry your leftover mashed potatoes in butter (or if you have whole potatoes, slice thin or dice small.) In a separate pan, saute sliced onions, peppers, mushrooms, whatever you have on hand.


September 10, 2008

Left overs from Thanksgiving? Make Thanksgiving Pizza.


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November 27, 2006

Recipe for Thanksgiving Potpies. I do this every year with the Thanksgiving leftovers. These freeze well and are a big hit. This is what I had left over this year. Any other leftover ingredients can be used. In past years, I have had carrots, corn, sweet potatoes, you name it. Sometimes you need to make some extra gravy, veggies or potatoes to flesh out the potpies if you are lacking in leftovers in one category.


November 26, 2004

Slice leftover stuffing and warm on stove or microwave. Serve fried eggs over it (or next to it) for breakfast or a quick lunch or dinner. Can also be served next to scrambled eggs. Cathy


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November 29, 2010

Great way to use leftover turkey from Thanksgiving! Cook onion, celery, and pepper in butter until soft. Add remaining ingredients except turkey and cook 5 minutes. Add turkey. Heat through.


December 4, 2007

Starting with the tortilla, spread the cream cheese on it and then spread a coating of the cranberry gel. One top of that, a layer of stuffing and then the turkey, and the top is the gravy.


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November 24, 2007

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Put stuffing in a large bowl. Mix in mushrooms with liquid. Let sit 10 minutes. Mix in ground beef and eggs. Spoon into a 9x9-inch baking dish.


December 4, 2004

Sauté onion, celery, mushroom, and garlic in margarine until tender. Blend in flour and cook for one minute stirring constantly. Gradually add milk until smooth...


December 4, 2004

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9-inch round baking dish...


November 26, 2004

Prepare cream of mushroom soup as directed. Prepare spaghetti as directed then drain. Combine spaghetti, soup and remaining ingredients. Stir until cheese melts. Serve and enjoy!



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December 2, 2008

Is it safe to freeze leftovers from Thanksgiving? I was thinking about the green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, and stuffing.

Debby from Ashland City, TN


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December 2, 20080 found this helpful

I do it all the time. When my in-laws were alive we used to take the entire Thanksgiving dinner to CA to cook there. Instead of bringing it back to OR I bought covered styrofoam plates and packaged each one with enough for 2 people. They used them for weeks

December 3, 20080 found this helpful

It is safe to freeze those items, but it must be done within a day or two. If you're waiting until now (a week later) to freeze, I'd say no, it's too late. Food should last in the refrigerator up to three days. You can freeze it anytime within that three days, but not afterwards.

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December 3, 20080 found this helpful

I agree with Noella, but would add a little addendum. Some dishes have ingredients that would still be fine a week later. If you used any diary product or meat product (even broth) you should probably toss them. But if your sweet potatoes are with anything like marshmallows or pineapple -- they are fine. And gravy, cream soups, or cream sauces will separate when frozen and thawed, so they will not be very appetizing later.

December 4, 20080 found this helpful

Thanks for the advise. I had everything in the freezer by saturday morning!


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December 5, 20080 found this helpful

Don't use aluminum pans to freeze your stuffing/dressing in. It'll give off as food poisoning when thawed out. My sister did this one year, upon heating it and eating it, they all had to go to the hospital for treatment.

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