A Change-Up for Thanksgiving Leftovers

Holidays, Thanksgiving

This post comes courtesy of Krista Dearden, blogger at Budget Gourmet Mom


We have a tradition in our family of making way too much food for our Thanksgiving feast. Everyone has a favorite dish.  My Uncle Jon has to have his corn, a handful of us must have brussels sprouts, and let’s not forget the turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, and rolls.   With so much food it’s a wonder how we saved enough room for pie.  Then again, there is always room for pie.


We can always plan on leftovers.  I relish the thought of that first turkey sandwich and warm dressing.  It is something I look forward to almost as much as Thanksgiving dinner itself.  I also like to have a few recipes on hand to change things up a bit.  Whether you have leftover mashed potatoes, turkey, or cranberry sauce, there is a recipe below that can help!

Creamy Leftover Mashed Potato Soup


2 Tbs. butter

2 Tbs. all-purpose flour

2 cups milk, skim or whole

1/4 cup cheddar cheese

1 cup leftover mashed potatoes

2 heaping Tbs. sour cream

Salt and pepper


In a large saucepan melt the butter over medium heat.  Whisk in the flour and cook for 30 seconds.


Slowly whisk in the milk.  Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 2 minutes.


Stir in the cheese and potatoes until it is creamy.


Remove from heat, stir in the sour cream, and season with salt and pepper.  It is a thick soup but you can add a bit more milk to thin it out if you desire. Makes approximately 4 cups.


Turkey and Cranberry Quesadilla


1 large tortilla

3 ounces thinly sliced turkey

1 Tbs. cranberry sauce

2 slices Swiss cheese


Slightly butter one side of the tortilla.


Spread cranberry sauce on half of the tortilla.  Top with sliced turkey and cheese.


Fold in half and slightly brown in a large pan over medium heat until the cheese is melted.  Cut into triangles and serve with the soup. Makes 1 serving.


More ideas from around the Web:


Leftover Cranberry Sauce Muffins
Two Peas and Their Pod
Turkey Tetrazzini
Simply Recipes
Cranberry Salsa
Savoring the Thyme
Turkey Taquitos
The Family Kitchen on Babble
Thanksgiving Leftovers Casserole
Brown Eyed Baker


About the author: As a wife and the stay-at-home mom to four boys I have my hands full! When I am not making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or cleaning up the mess from them I am writing for my blog, Budget Gourmet Mom. We may eat on a budget but that doesn’t mean it can’t be gourmet food. A little creativity and planning can go a long way.

6 comments about “A Change-Up for Thanksgiving Leftovers

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  2. Tracey

    Our household favourite use for Thanksgiving leftovers is turkey crepes – chopped turkey in a thick tarragon bechemal, stuffed into crepes, smothered in more bechemal sauce, and baked until bubbly and brown on top. Yum.

  3. Susana

    Your potato soup recipe inspired me, I think I may add leeks and make a leek and potato soup,

  4. Natalie

    Yay Krista! I was wondering what to do with my giant bowl of leftover mashed potatoes! So good to see you here, my dear 🙂

  5. Krista

    Tracey, that sounds wonderful!
    The rest of you ladies, thanks! I hope you enjoy your leftovers! I know I sure am.


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