Top 7 Things to Do With Your Leftovers

Happy Black Friday – a day of frantic shopping (or, movie marathons in your sweatpants) and re-heated plates of turkey, stuffing, and sweet potatoes. If you are like me, after today, you really don’t like the idea of re-living your Thanksgiving feast for a 4th or 5th time. Here are seven creative ways to use up what you still have in your Tupperware come Saturday afternoon.

7) Grilled Cheese with Turkey: Recently Ruth posted a fabulous guilt free turkey sandwich and this is the perfect opportunity for you to give it a try. Maybe even spread a little leftover cranberry sauce for a bit of an extra flare.

6) Turkey Pot Pie: Pot pies are an easy way to use up several of your Thanksgiving leftovers. Mix diced turkey with your leftover green bean casserole, add in a few other leftovers – maybe boiled rutebegas or leftover sweet potatoes, top with puff pastry or pie crust and bake. Iron Chef Cat Cora’s chicken pot pie is one of our favorite recipes and will give you a great base for your own potpie.

5) Turkey Salad: Is it just me or does it seem that no matter how small your turkey seemed when you bought it, it lingers in your fridge for at least 2 weeks. It is always the last leftover to go. We suggest subbing turkey favorite chicken salad recipe, and if you don’t have a favorite chicken salad recipe, we suggest checking out our Cool Savory Chicken Salad recipe.

4) Thanksgiving Pizza Pie: I have been following Sues and Chel over at We Are Not Martha for a few years now and love the quirky, delicious recipes they come up with. Last year, as part of a food blogging challenge these lovely ladies developed a Thanksgiving inspired pizza, complete with “apple pie.” Check it out and maybe even try to make your own Thanksgiving leftover pizza.

Photo courtesy of We Are Not Martha

3) Shepherd’s Pie: Turkey with leftover gravy makes an excellent base in a shepherd’s pie, top with leftover glazed carrots, or any other leftover vegtable, and spread mashed potatoes on top. Bake in the oven until crispy and enjoy. Check out our shepherd’s pie for more inspiration.

2) Stuffing or Potato Croquettes: The word croquette comes from the French word croquer, meaning “to crunch.” (It’s a bit embarassing, the things I remember from college French classes.) The bite sized fried appetizers can be made with just about anything, but potato croquettes, such as these by Paula Dean, are very popular. I will be expanding my croquette repertoire this year by trying Menu in Progress’s stuffing croquettes with a turkey gravy center.

1) Thanksgiving sandwiches (a.k.a Cranberry bogs): All of the Thanksgiving foods you love between two toasty slices of bread – what’s not to love? If you have no clue where to start, take a look at Emeril Lagasse’s take on the Thanksgiving leftover sandwich at


4 responses to “Top 7 Things to Do With Your Leftovers

  1. Love all the ideas! I also have Cat Cora’s cookbook because my parents told me I must try her chicken pot pie recipe. I haven’t yet, but I’m going to have to!

    • I’m not sure you can go wrong with a pot pie, so when someone like Cat Cora puts out her own recipe, you know its going to be amazing. Let us know what your second favorite recipe is from her book when you find it! ~Emilie

  2. We always eat Thanksgiving at the home of our friends but all of your suggestions sound great.

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