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20+ Best Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

Discover mouthwatering ways to repurpose your leftovers with our collection of the best Thanksgiving leftover recipes. Transform turkey, stuffing, and more into delicious meals that will make your taste buds dance!

20+ thanksgiving leftover recipes

The holiday is over. Everyone has gotten to enjoy an incredible Thanksgiving dinner.

Now what are you going to do with all those holiday leftovers? Give them new life with these yummy Thanksgiving leftover recipes.

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Recipes for Thanksgiving Leftovers:

The Best Turkey Cranberry Sliders – These yummy sliders are the perfect way to use up that leftover cranberry sauce and turkey breast from the holidays. Use this easy recipe to make the most delicious leftover turkey sliders that you’ve ever had!

Crockpot Turkey Soup Recipe

Crockpot Turkey Soup – I love soup because it takes minimal effort to prepare and the whole family will happily eat it. This delicious soup is no exception. It is perfect for using up that leftover Thanksgiving turkey!

Turkey Salad Sandwich

Turkey Salad Sandwiches – Perfect for using up all that extra meat that is leftover from the holidays, this easy recipe makes the most delicious turkey sandwiches ever!

Leftover Thanksgiving Soup Recipe

Leftover Thanksgiving Soup – You simply must add this easy leftover Thanksgiving soup recipe to your menu planning this year.  It is a nice change from traditional turkey soups and a great way to use leftover mashed potatoes too.

Leftover Turkey Roll Up Appetizer

Turkey Roll Up – The next time you want to impress your guests, try these delicious turkey roll up appetizers! Packed with turkey leftovers, cranberry sauce, and cheese, they make a delicious snack!

The Best Turkey Broth Recipe

Homemade Turkey Broth – Put that turkey carcass to good use! Use it to make a homemade turkey stock. This is the perfect recipe for leftover turkey bones and makes the most delicious homemade broth! The broth can even be frozen.

The Best Roast Turkey Recipe

Tips and Tricks:

  • Give your frozen turkey time to defrost before cooking it. The safest and best way to do that is in the refrigerator. A good rule of thumb is to allow a day for every 4-5 pounds. The next best option is to thaw it in cold water, changing the water every 30 minutes. Allow approximately 30 minutes per pound with this method.
  • Having a good instant read thermometer is a must for home chefs. Always check the internal temperature in the thickest part of your meat to ensure it is fully cooked and meets food safety standards.
  • Save yourself some of the stress of last minute meal prep. An easy way to do this is to make some of your sides, like mashed potatoes, ahead of time and reheat them for your Thanksgiving meal. Use a slow cooker to leave more room in the oven.
  • Make sure that any leftovers are stored in an airtight container in the fridge.
The Best Traeger Smoked Turkey Recipe

More Recipe Ideas:

  • Make a layered leftover turkey casserole with turkey meat, leftover potatoes, and leftover stuffing. Add in any veggies you may have too, like green beans, carrots, or brussels sprouts.
  • Leftover turkey pot pie, with a puff pastry top, is delicious and easy to make!
  • Forgo the noodles and try a turkey and wild rice soup.

Looking for more Thanksgiving recipes to wow your family and friends with? Check out this list of smoked recipes that will take your holiday main dish game to a new level. And this Thanksgiving side dish post will give you plenty of tasty recipes to serve up with your perfectly roasted turkey.

The Best Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

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Hello, I’m Heather!

I'm an active mom of twin boys who is always looking for opportunities to inspire creativity through fun crafts, do-it-yourself projects and delicious recipes. This blog has been an integral part of supporting my little family and I am so grateful to have you become a part of our journey! Let's create together... Read more...

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