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Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

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After the big meal, families often have lots of leftover turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, veggies, cranberry sauce and more. Here are some creative ideas beyond soups, sandwiches and casseroles. This page contains Thanksgiving leftover recipes.


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December 4, 2009

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



Combine potatoes, turkey, and onions. Stir in egg, mayo, mustard, salt, Worcestershire, and pepper to taste. Shape into four 1/2 inch thick patties. In nonstick skillet melt butter over med. heat. Cook patties for about 10 mins. or until browned, turning carefully with spatula half-way through.

Servings: 4
Time:5 Minutes Preparation Time
10 Minutes Cooking Time

By glenda eileen lockhart from Nova Scotia

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November 27, 2006

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.


Take ovenproof bowls or large ramekins and grease them with butter. Warm gravy in saucepan, making sure you have about 1/2 cup of liquid for each potpie. Layer other ingredients, except for stuffing, in bowls and mix slightly. I usually fill all the bowls together a little at the time so I get an even mix of ingredients. Ladle gravy over the top and place leftover stuffing on top as a crust. Bake for 15 minutes at 450 degrees F. Serve hot or freeze for a taste of Thanksgiving anytime.

Jess in Portland, OR

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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.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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December 4, 2007


  • Large tortillas (2 per person)
  • Cream Cheese
  • Jellied Cranberry Sauce
  • Shredded Turkey
  • Stuffing
  • Gravy


Starting with the tortilla, spread the cream cheese on it and then spread a coating (as much as you like) of the cranberry gel. One top of that, a layer of stuffing and then the turkey, and the top is the gravy. Place a 2nd tortilla on top and microwave. When ready to eat, cut into wedges with a pizza cutter and enjoy.

By Chris M from Oshkosh, WI

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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.

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December 4, 20040 found this helpful

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

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December 4, 20040 found this helpful

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...

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November 26, 20040 found this helpful

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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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.


Take a normal size casserole dish and layer the bottom with turkey meat. One layer. Pour gravy in with the turkey till the turkey has a nice covering (but don't drown the bird).

Add left over vegetables as another light layer (the vegetables can be mixed up). Cover with mashed potatoes (about a half inch layer or less). Cover the potatoes with a layer of stuffing.

Bake the dish at 350 F for about a half an hour. It could take longer if your layers are thick or maybe even less time it your layers are marginal.

Take out and serve hot. Thanksgiving all over again. Serve it with a side of left over cranberry and rolls :)

Source: My mother started making this some 30 plus years ago, and she may have learned it from her mother.

By Suntydt from Tazewell, TN

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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.


  • turkey
  • stuffing
  • gravy
  • mashed potatoes
  • corn


Spray a deep-dish pie plate with Pam. Line it with a layer of stuffing, shaping it like a thick pie crust. Chop turkey in bite-size pieces, enough to fill the stuffing crust. Spoon some well drained corn over the turkey, then add enough melted gravy to cover the turkey well, and stir it around a little. Last, take your leftover mashed potatoes and make your top crust with these. It may be easiest to warm them slightly to do this. Mound them up a bit and brush with a little melted butter, if you like.

Cover the completed pie with foil to keep the potatoes from getting too brown. Bake the pie in a 350 degree F oven for about 40 minutes, taking the foil off for the last 20 minutes. Slice into wedges to serve.

By Free2B from North Royalton, OH

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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. It's colorful, healthy, delicious and a great way to use up leftover cranberry sauce. Enjoy!

Source: I made it up. I was thinking cranberry sauce might be good on my morning toast, but it is so cold this morning I wanted oatmeal instead, so there you go! :)

By Painterlee from Indialantic, FL

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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!

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April 15, 20050 found this helpful

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.

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September 10, 2008

Left overs from Thanksgiving? Make Thanksgiving Pizza.

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November 26, 20040 found this helpful

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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