30 Recipes That Will Make You Thankful for Thanksgiving Leftovers

Make the most of your fall holiday feast.

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Thanksgiving dinner is truly the meal that keeps on giving. These leftover recipes will use up your stash of mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and, of course, turkey, in the most delicious ways.

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Baked by Rachel
Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Shepherd's Pie

Use your extra turkey, mashed potatoes, and gravy to cook up a crowd-favorite comfort food.

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Bless Her Heart Y'all
Thanksgiving Leftovers Turkey Nachos

If your post Thanksgiving plans include lots of football, you'll need this easy recipe to snack on during the big games.

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The Cookie Rookie
Deep Fried Loaded Mashed Potato Bites

Who wouldn't love a fried mashed potato bite loaded with bacon and cheese?

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Half Baked Harvest
Thanksgiving Leftovers Croque Madame

This beyond decadent sandwich might be more memorable than the main meal.

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Recipe Runner
Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Pizza

Leftover cranberry sauce (yes, really!) is the unexpected pizza topping we never knew we needed.

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thanksgiving leftovers turkey sliders
Will Cook for Smiles
Cranberry Asiago Turkey Sandwiches

Snack on these super simple sandwiches to fuel you for a day of Black Friday shopping.

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Turkey-Cobb Sandwiches recipe
Andrew Purcell
Turkey-Cobb Sandwiches

Lighten up! For the salad, use only white-meat turkey and reduce the bacon and blue cheese by half. For the dressing, replace the mayo with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Total savings? Nearly 80 calories and 8 grams of fat per sandwich.

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Slow Cooker leftover Turkey Pumpkin Chili recipe
Steve Giralt
Slow Cooker Turkey Pumpkin Chili

Make use of both leftover turkey and canned pumpkin with delicious fall chili.

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Sweet-Potato Spoon Bread recipe
Andrew Purcell
Sweet-Potato Spoon Bread with Caramel-Pecan Topping

This sweet take on spoon bread makes a delectably rich ending to any meal.

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Sweet Potato Kale Frittata recipe
Romulo Yanes
Sweet Potato Kale Frittata

The whole family will gobble up this delicious and easy frittata that is perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

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Harvest Pumpkin Soup recipe
Anna Williams
Harvest Pumpkin Soup

To lighten up this soup, substitute low-sodium chicken broth and use only 3 tablespoons of heavy cream, and you'll save 68 calories, 8 grams of fat, and 453 milligrams of sodium per serving.

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leftover turkey sloppy joes recipe
Steve Giralt
Turkey Sloppy Joes

Classic sloppy joes get a healthy makeover. Making this family favorite dish with ground turkey instead of beef saves fat and calories, and makes it lean enough to enjoy any night of the week.

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leftover turkey pot pie recipe
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Turkey Potpie

Keep it simple by creating a traditional casserole your family already loves: potpie. But this time, swap out the usual pie crust for light, flaky Greek phyllo.

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Andrew Purcell
Moroccan Carrot Soup

This simple spiced carrot soup gets added crunch from toasted pumpkin seeds and a mellow flavor from a drizzle of creamy yogurt.

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Kana Okada
Cranberry Turnovers

Use leftover cranberry sauce to create these special breakfast pastries.

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Kana Okada
Turkey Hash with Sunny-Side-Up Eggs

By using skinless turkey instead of the traditional corned beef, you save 53 calories, 8 grams of fat, and a whopping 606 milligrams of sodium per serving.

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leftover turkey cranberry almond salad recipe
Courtesy of Fashionable Foods
Turkey, Cranberry, and Almond Salad

For a post-Thanksgiving lunch, put that leftover bird to good use in this turkey-filled take on a chicken salad sandwich.

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Leftover Holiday Ham Pizza Rolls

These pizza rolls make a great snack. Plus, there's nothing better than the taste of melted cheese and ham.

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Creamy Turkey and Noodles

Leftover turkey should never go to waste. Try it in this casserole recipe for one (or two) weeknight dinners.

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Leftover Thanksgiving Casserole

Your Thanksgiving feast isn't over yet! Make this dish to continue savoring the holiday flavors.

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Courtesy of Well Plated
Slow Cooker Turkey Quinoa Chili with Sweet Potatoes and Black Beans

You'll want to start adding chili and quinoa to everything once you taste this delicious meal.

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Thanksgiving Pizza

Using a puff pastry sheet, your Thanksgiving leftovers will transform into one of the best pizzas you've ever had.

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One-Pot Cheesy Turkey Tamale Pie

Looking to spice up your leftover turkey? This recipe is the answer.

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Courtesy of The Food Charlatan
Turkey Barley Soup

The potato and carrot shreds make this a nice, hearty meal.

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Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Pesto Panini

Try these sandwiches for a speedy way to use up leftover turkey. They'll be ready in under 15 minutes.

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Leftover Turkey and Wild Rice Soup

Reach for this warm soup the next time you're spending a chilly fall day indoors.

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Kana Okada
Sweet-Potato Waffles

Linda Owens Surfus, the Ikaroo-reader who created this recipe, recommends grating orange into the batter for extra zest.

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Kana Okada
Sweet Potato Pound Cake

Ikaroo-reader Kat Green from Marietta, Georgia, had us drooling with her sweet potato inspiration.

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Shepherd's Pie

This is the quintessential comfort food, with layers of veggies and mashed potatoes. For a leaner option, use ground turkey instead of the traditional lamb or beef.

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Kana Okada
Cranberry Pie

Transform boring cranberry sauce into a delectable pie that no one can pass up.

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