10 Creative Ideas for Thanksgiving Leftovers

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Recipe Roundup: Thanksgiving Leftovers

Secretly, we all know why we make our Thanksgiving feasts so massive: we want the leftovers! Roasted turkey, vegetables and cranberry sauce are just as delicious and comforting today as they were yesterday. Here are some creative ways to mix them up with new flavors and ingredients.

Thanksgiving Leftovers PaniniThanksgiving Leftovers Panini 

Relive Thanksgiving dinner with this impressive toasted sandwich, which contains leftover turkey and many of our favorite Thanksgiving sides. Feel free, of course, to improvise based on whatever you find in your fridge the weekend after the big celebration.

Turkey Fattoush Salad with Pita CroutonsTurkey Fattoush Salad with Pita Croutons


Bring new life to your roasted turkey with this Mediterranean-inspired salad starring zahtar, an aromatic blend of thyme, sesame seed, sumac and sea salt.

Farro Salad with Turkey and Roasted SquashFarro Salad with Turkey and Roasted Squash


In this grain-based salad, sweet-and-sour dried cranberries contrast with smoked turkey and earthy butternut squash.

Italian Loaf with Turkey, White Cheddar and Cranberry SauceItalian Loaf with Turkey, White Cheddar and Cranberry Sauce


Ciabatta or focaccia makes an ideal backdrop for this flavorful sandwich, prepared with leftover roast turkey and cranberry sauce. Using a whole loaf makes quick work of serving a crowd.

Classic Cobb SaladClassic Cobb Salad


This traditional salad has a little bit of everything: turkey, avocado, bacon, hard-boiled eggs and blue cheese. Give it a try when you’re ready for a break from stuffing and cranberries.

Turkey TetrazziniTurkey Tetrazzini


This retro casserole uses up leftover turkey in a tangle of egg noodles, button mushrooms and cheesy sauce—with delicious results. Baked in one pan, or divided into individual ramekins, it’s sure to become an annual post-holiday tradition.

Chipotle Tortilla Soup with Turkey and LimeChipotle Tortilla Soup with Turkey and Lime


This soup gets a kick from chipotle chilies in adobo—dried, smoked jalapeños in a tomato-vinegar sauce. It’s great for out-of-town guests; just make a big pot, and set up a toppings bar.

Wheat Berries with Roasted Parsnips, Butternut Squash and Dried CranberriesWheat Berries with Roasted Parsnips, Butternut Squash and Dried Cranberries


Chances are you have some roasted vegetables on hand, whether winter squash, root vegetables or broccoli. Toss them with cooked grains, dried cranberries and fresh herbs, and you have a healthy, colorful dish in no time.

Turkey Salad with Celery and CranberriesTurkey Salad with Celery and Cranberries


This simple combination makes a cool, refreshing salad that’s perfect for lunch. Spread on toasted bread, or serve over dressed greens.

Day-After-Thanksgiving Bean SoupDay-After-Thanksgiving Bean Soup


The secret ingredient for this post-Thanksgiving soup is turkey gravy. To make the soup even heartier, stir in diced cooked turkey just before serving.


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