It never fails. No matter how much we plan, ask for RSVP’s, and try…there are always leftovers from Thanksgiving. The good news is that Thanksgiving leftovers are very versatile. These recipes using Thanksgiving leftovers will have you excited to repurpose that turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and more!
What if I don’t want to eat my Thanksgiving leftovers?
If I know that I am going to be stuck with more Thanksgiving leftovers than I can use I try and send them home with anyone who attends. If someone else in the family or friends group can use the food and will enjoy it, why not send it home with them.
Keep some disposable Tupperware on hand or ask everyone to bring a dish with them to take home leftovers! I also have plastic bags on hand for holidays so I can send home whatever people will eat!
Another option is to give the food away to those less fortunate. Make up platters of leftovers for needy families, shelters, and more.
Can pets eat Thanksgiving leftovers?
There are surprisingly a lot of things that pets and especially dogs can eat during the holidays. Of course I’m not a veterinarian but after a bit of research online it seems like dogs can enjoy the following in moderation…they get a treat, you get to use up some leftovers without throwing them away…it’s a win win!
- Turkey with no skin
- Sweet potatoes
- Peas and most other vegetables
Make sure to avoid garlic, onions, raisins, and chocolate! Also foods that are very high in salt and butter can give your pup an upset stomach so keep that in mind as you decide what to feed your furry friend this holiday season.
How do I repurpose Thanksgiving leftovers into new recipes?
Now let’s dive into some great recipes that use Thanksgiving leftovers. These recipes will help you take all those delicious leftovers and turn them into some new that everyone will love!
My family will eat a meal or two of leftovers in their current form but it’s a struggle. After stuffing yourself on a delicious meal the last thing you want to do is turn around and eat it again three more times, right?!
Here are a list of recipes that you can use to transform the Thanksgiving leftovers into something new, delicious, and fun that everyone will gobble up!
- Sweet Potato Kale Frittata
- Leftovers Casserole | Thanksgiving Edition
- Thanksgiving Quesadillas
- Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole
- Thanksgiving Leftovers Pizza
- Turkey Soup | The Ultimate Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipe
- Turkey Salad Sandwiches
- Thanksgiving Pastry Ring Recipe
- Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
- Crunchwrap | Thanksgiving Style
- Turkey Cranberry Brie Grilled Cheese
- Bacon Wrapped Green Bean Casserole Bites
- Turkey Gumbo
- Mashed Potato Waffles
- Thanksgiving Tacos
- Loaded Fried Mashed Potatoes
- Crustless Ham Quiche
- Thanksgiving Egg Rolls
- Carrot Pot Pies
- Fried Mashed Potato Balls
- Turkey Nachos
- Turkey Enchiladas
Here are some of my recipes that you can alter to use Thanksgiving foods:
You don’t have to go crazy this holiday season to use up the leftovers. You can just tweak your favorite recipes to include some of the turkey, filling, mashed potatoes, etc. Here are some recipes from Cook Clean Then Repeat that you can enjoy with Thanksgiving foods.