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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Thanksgiving Leftovers

Did you survive the foodfest yesterday? Manage to escape the usual embarrassing questions? Get your much-anticipated annual replay of Uncle Lester’s "pull my finger" trick? Attempt to watch football over the buzz saw snoring of Cousin Earl, who managed to launch into a spirited commentary of the car insurance commercial before abruptly dozing off on the couch?

Has the waistband of your yoga pants asked to be put in the witness protection program?

However you spent your day, we hope it was a good one. And if you had the traditional banquet full of dishes that filled up ever available space on the dining table, chances are you’ve got more leftovers than available fridge space. But don’t worry! Just for you (well, a little bit for us, too), we’re featuring a few great recipes that can transform your leftovers into yet another special dish. In fact, they’re so good that you just might start cooking more so you can make these.

If you want to go light, we’ve got a few turkey salad dishes that won’t scare your yoga pants. Or maybe the chilly weather is calling for a hearty soup to warm you up. We’ve got that too.

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Thanksgiving Leftovers (Soup and Salad)Clockwise from top left: steamykitchen’s Curry Apple and Leftover Turkey Salad Sandwich (which you can pile onto lettuce cups so you can skip the bread), Turkey and Mushroom Soup from Kelly @ EvilShenanigans, and Turkey & Wild Rice Curry Salad from afarmgirlsdabbles.

A sandwich is another quick and light meal, and many of you love making sandwiches with all that good turkey. Here are some that caught our eye:

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Thanksgiving Leftovers (Sandwiches)Clockwise from top left: Turkey Cranberry Sandwich from Very Culinary, Thanksgiving Monte Cristo Sandwich from familyfreshcooking, and Turkey, Brie, Pear & Cherry Chipotle Panini from cookincanuck.

Another favorite way to use up leftovers is the classic pot pie. From the usual crust topping to puff pastry or a biscuit topping, there’s just something incredibly comforting about a warm and creamy savory filling topped with pastry.

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Thanksgiving Leftovers (Pot Pies)Clockwise from top left: Roasted Chicken Pot Pie from Natalie (Perrys’ Plate), “Enlighten” Autum Chicken Pot Pie from The Noshery, Hobo Bags from Cooking Ventures, and Chicken Puff Pot Pie from TootSweet.

Of course, turkey isn’t the only thing you might have in excess. Got leftover butternut squash? Turn them into pancakes. Extra sweet potatoes, carrots, and other veggies? Try a nice pureed soup with a hint of coconut and curry. Leftover stuffing? Make some amazing stuffing balls. Got leftover pie? Have it for breakfast.

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Thanksgiving Leftovers (Others)Clockwise from top left: Whole Wheat Butternut Squash Pancakes from EatLiveRun, Roasted Sweet Potato & Carrot Soup with Pumpkin Seeds from Eating for England, and Thanksgiving Stuffing Balls from patiodaddio.

And there you have it! A post-holiday roundup of recipes for your leftovers. I’m telling you, leftovers never looked better. Do you have a favorite way to re-purpose the remnants of your holiday feast? Come share them with us!

Happy eating! May your table always be full and may your yoga pants never leave you.



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Marie Nixon on 12.2.2010

The last thing I baked was a 3 layer chocolate cake for my son’s 20th birthday today.

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Melissa H from So. Fla. on 12.1.2010

Lauren’s Latest has the best Turkey a la King. :)

Laura Stark on 12.1.2010

Oh heck, I posted mine in the wrong spot!

mommycam on 11.30.2010

We make turkey soup and then, put a stuffing ball in it–like a matzo ball. Delicious!

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Natalie | Perry's Plate on 11.30.2010

Thanks for adding my recipe! I actually made that pot pie the day after Thanksgiving with leftover gravy instead of drippings. :) Love the other ideas!

RAY CEARLEY on 11.30.2010


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wyogal on 11.29.2010

Great compilation of ideas!! Terrific!

craftyglutton on 11.29.2010

I posted a few recipes on my site and linked over to this post on my final leftover post.

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okieqt on 11.29.2010

Our tradition is to make Turkey Enchiladas the next day! I love these ideas though. Especially the sandwiches.

Nichole on 11.28.2010

I posted a leftovers recipe using PW’s cornbread dressing. Check it out:

Suzanne @ Window On The Prairie on 11.28.2010

I make a chicken pot pie from scratch and substitute turkey for the chicken. Mmmmmm…… Suzanne

Hannon on 11.27.2010

I cannot believe that there are no turkey gumbo recipes on this website. When I remember my password I am adding one. Turkey gumbo is a requirement the day after Thanksgiving.

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bakedinmaine on 11.27.2010


Awesome photos!

Delicious looking leftovers!

I’m getting hungry now……

I made a turkey panini too, using a teapot, seriously!!!

Happy Holidays!


Tina on 11.27.2010

My ultimate leftover turkey sandwich:

Start out with 2 slices toasted hearty rye bread. Spread one piece very lightly with leftover cranberry relish. Top with 2 thin slices of provolone cheese, a nice layer of turkey, 2 slices of crispy bacon, a thin slice of red onion, 2 thin slices of avocado, and the other piece of bread. Cut in half diagonally. Awesome!

Cookin' Canuck on 11.27.2010

So many leftovers…and so many recipes. What a great round-up, Erika! Thanks so much for including my panini.

MOV on 11.27.2010

uh, your leftovers are looking better than my main dinner. You’re giving me a complex!!


Richy on 11.27.2010

Ah, the leftover turkey. Is there anything better? :)

Heather (Heather's Dish) on 11.26.2010

ok, is it just me or do these leftovers look almost as good if not better than the real deal! yum :)

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montanajo on 11.26.2010

I bought a free range turkey for the first time (and last) it was tough and not very tasty.

Tabitha (FromSingletoMarried) on 11.26.2010

I was just telling my husband that I need to find some good recipes so that we can use up all of our leftover turkey! These look delicious!

Kay Carrasco on 11.26.2010

I’m thinking of trying something different. I love, love, love turkey pot pie, but since I am also making a pumpkin pie I don’t want two pie-crusted things at the same meal. So I thought I’d break up some leftover dressing and top the pot pie filling with that–kind of like a crumb topping on a cobbler, only savory. (Besides, I thought the dressing was a tad under-baked so this will crisp up the leftovers better.) What do y’all think? Ever tried anything like this before?

janice shifflett on 11.26.2010

Uh oh–4 people and only 3 pieces of pie left!
I am making some cranberry mustard with the leftover cranberry sauce and we are having hot turkey sandwiches with Meunster cheese and the cranberry mustard. Leftover mashed potatoes are being transformed into a loaded potato casserole-mashed potatoes with sour cream, bacon bits, chives and grated cheddar cheese.
Now if I can just figure out how to divide up that pie…

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Nicole Bojtos on 11.26.2010

I think I may start celebrating Thanksgiving twice a year just for the leftovers!

Helen on 11.26.2010

Still too full to even think of eating left overs but I will be back tomorrow for some ideas!

[email protected] on 11.26.2010

I always eat pie for breakfast the day after Thanksgiving! Today it was cherry:) Those turkey sandwiches look absolutely divine!

Courtney on 11.26.2010

I plan on making a turkey pot pie soup, or at least attempting. Leftovers never last long here! :)

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Katrina on 11.26.2010

All of these ideas are great! I love the stuffing balls recipe.

Estela @ Weekly Bite on 11.26.2010

That sandwich with the cranberries is right up my alley!

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Dakota on 11.26.2010

Nothing better the left over stuffing and gravey fo breakfast on Friday!

Eleanor on 11.26.2010

I so wish we did Thanksgiving in Australia just so I can have all those yummy leftovers!