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5 Recipes To Put Those Thanksgiving Leftovers To Use

Thanksgiving turkey mashed potatoes and pies sitting on a black table cloth
November 28, 2022

The Thanksgiving feast is done, the dishes are clean, the guests are gone, and you probably have a fridge full of extra food. As much as we all love and appreciate leftovers, they can start to get boring after a while.

So, if you’re looking for a way to spice up your turkey day dishes and clean up your post-Thanksgiving feast fridge, check out some of the delicious recipes below.

Turkey, Cranberry, & Brie Panini:

Too much turkey? When in doubt, make a sandwich. This panini is the perfect twist on a classic turkey sandwich, and it’s super easy to make! Start by layering some slices of turkey with brie cheese and cranberry sauce in between two slices of bread. For the finishing touch, warm the sandwich in a skillet or a panini press. It’s a great sweet and savory combo you can throw together in no time! For a more detailed recipe, check out this one from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.

Pumpkin & Turkey Chili:

There’s nothing like a warm bowl of chili on a cold day. Country Living offers a unique twist on this comfort food that will also help you enjoy the flavors of Thanksgiving all over again. Grab your turkey and leftover pumpkin to prepare this dish for the next “chili” day (see what we did there?). The full recipe from Country Living can be found here.

Thanksgiving Leftovers Casserole:

Gravy, cranberries, and turkey…oh my! This casserole takes almost all of your leftovers and turns them into a warm, flavorful dinner idea. It’s as simple as layering mashed potatoes, turkey, cranberry sauce, gravy, and stuffing in a casserole pan and cooking it in the oven until it’s heated all the way through. You can read the full set of instructions from Fav Family Recipes.

Thanksgiving Shepherd’s Pie:

This recipe from Tasty is the best way to use up everything in your fridge, from stuffing to gravy. It includes mashed potatoes, turkey, vegetables, and really any other leftover that you think would pair well. Check out the recipe here and give it a try for the perfect post-Thanksgiving comfort food meal.

Cranberry Shortbread Bars:

Time to round all of this out with something sweet. Cranberry sauce probably isn’t the most popular thing on your Thanksgiving table, so chances are you have some left over when all is said and done. What better way to make use of it than to turn it into a delicious dessert like cranberry shortbread bars? These bars are simple and make for a healthy treat. All you’ll need is your leftover cranberry sauce and a shortbread cookie base. You can find the entire recipe from Taste Of Home.

Now that you’ve got a game plan for those leftovers and Thanksgiving 2021 is officially in the books, it’s time to start Christmas cookie season…

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