Love your leftovers in whole new ways.
The most classic, and perhaps obvious, Thanksgiving leftovers dish is the beloved Thanksgiving Sandwich. We all know this mountain of goodness: a pile of everything — mashed potatoes, stuffing, turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce — layered atop a slice of plain white bread, with maybe another slice on top for good measure.
But what if you want Thanksgiving dinner to do something different? These Thanksgiving leftovers recipe ideas breathe new life into day-old food. Turn stale cornbread into amazing croutons for salad. Take some turkey and stew it into one of the best gumbos ever. Make morning glorious with sweet potato buttermilk pancakes or morning glory muffins. Give thanks: your leftovers conundrum is solved.
You’ll also like: Mulled Apple Cider and Roasted Beet and Citrus Salad
Savory Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipe Ideas
The leftover: turkey.
Now we’re talking turkey. This is so much better than what you ate yesterday. This real deal, New Orleans-style gumbo combines turkey with a dark brown roux, andouille sausage, celery, onion, and a perfect blend of herbs and spices for a silky, spicy, full-of-goodness dinner.
If there is a better way to eat leftover Thanksgiving turkey, I have not found it. This recipe for deep-dish turkey pot pie does right by your leftovers, with a creamy filling stuffed with turkey and vegetables, plus a double butter pie crust to put it over the top.
The leftover: Roasted butternut squash, mulled apple cider
Take your leftover mulled apple cider or roasted squash and turn it into the best salad you will have all winter.
The leftover: Cornbread, extra buttermilk
Let stale cornbread live its best life as indulgent croutons for this Southern kale salad with buttermilk herb dressing.
The leftover: turkey, cranberry sauce
Two leftovers in one new dish! This leftover turkey melt is so simple, it barely needs a recipe. Just take a thin slice of bread (day-old is fine), toast it, then layer with a little cranberry sauce, turkey, and brie. Then bake for a few minutes, top with some fresh black pepper, and enjoy this melty, sweet-savory lunchtime victory.
Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipe Ideas for Breakfast
The leftover: sweet potato, extra buttermilk
Moist, satisfying, and just sweet enough. Transform a Thanksgiving side dish into a fabulous pancake breakfast.
The leftover: sweet potato
Morning glorious. These hearty, nourishing muffins make a great day-after treat for any time of day, and are easy to make.