13 Delicious Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Leftovers
One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving are the leftovers. I’m not just saying that—I really love cooking with the extra turkey, gravy, stuffing, and cranberry. A fridge filled with delicious and flavorful dishes just waiting to be turned into something new and possibly even more scrumptious? It’s an adventurous home cook’s dream come true! While you can’t beat a classic turkey sandwich on white bread with cranberry sauce, this year why not step up your leftover game a notch? To inspire you to savor every last bite of the Thanksgiving meal, here are 13 inventive and tasty leftover recipes.
Why not avoid the shopping crowds, stay home, and enjoy brioche French toast with brown sugar-cranberry sauce? It pairs perfectly with homemade pumpkin spice lattes!
When I saw this recipe for creamed greens tartines in the most recent issue of Bon Appetit, I considered adding creamed greens to my Thanksgiving menu just so I could make these leftovers! Crusty bread, leftover creamed spinach, and gravy come together in this fried-egg topped, finger-licking good tartine. Delish!
If you need an effortless post-Thanksgiving meal, consider this fast-and-easy stovetop turkey tetrazzini. All of the ingredients—mushrooms, onions, milk, chicken broth, whole wheat pasta, and shredded turkey meat—are tossed into a pot. You’ll have a nostalgic and comforting dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes.
When I came across this recipe for butternut turkey tacos with cranberry sauce, I couldn’t help but think why haven’t I thought of this?! You take the regular leftover components and jazz them up with avocado, black beans, tortillas, and a little dressing. Then—bam! Thanksgiving leftover tacos are born.
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What's your favorite dish to make with Thanksgiving leftovers?