Reimagining Leftovers: Delicious Day-After-Thanksgiving Recipes

It's the day after Thanksgiving, and your refrigerator is filled to the brim with delicious leftovers. While reheating yesterday's meal is always an option, why not get creative and transform those remnants into entirely new dishes? From savory pies to delightful desserts, here are some imaginative recipes to give your Thanksgiving leftovers a delightful twist.

1. Turkey and Cranberry Quesadillas

  • Ingredients: Leftover turkey slices, cranberry sauce, tortillas, brie or cream cheese.
  • Instructions: Layer turkey, a smear of cranberry sauce, and slices of brie on half a tortilla. Fold and grill until crispy. Dip into leftover gravy or additional cranberry sauce.

2. Stuffing Waffles

  • Ingredients: Leftover stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce.
  • Instructions: Press your stuffing into a waffle iron and cook until crispy. Serve with a drizzle of gravy and a dollop of cranberry sauce.

3. Pumpkin Pie Milkshake

  • Ingredients: Leftover pumpkin pie, vanilla ice cream, milk, whipped cream.
  • Instructions: Blend a slice of pie with ice cream and milk until smooth. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

4. Mashed Potato Pancakes

  • Ingredients: Leftover mashed potatoes, an egg, chives, sour cream.
  • Instructions: Mix mashed potatoes with a beaten egg. Form into patties and fry until golden. Top with sour cream and chives.

5. Cranberry Yogurt Parfait

  • Ingredients: Leftover cranberry sauce, Greek yogurt, granola.
  • Instructions: Layer yogurt, cranberry sauce, and granola in a glass. Repeat and enjoy a tangy, crunchy breakfast treat.

6. Turkey and Vegetable Soup

  • Ingredients: Leftover turkey, leftover vegetables, broth, noodles or rice.
  • Instructions: Shred the turkey meat and combine with leftover vegetables in a pot. Add broth and bring to a simmer. Add noodles or rice and cook until tender.

7. Pecan Pie Ice Cream Topping

  • Ingredients: Leftover pecan pie, vanilla ice cream.
  • Instructions: Crumble pecan pie into bite-sized pieces and sprinkle over ice cream for a decadent dessert twist.


Leftovers might just be the unsung heroes of the Thanksgiving feast. They offer a chance to get creative in the kitchen, crafting unique dishes that carry the flavor and spirit of the holiday into the days that follow. So, before you consider tossing out those remnants of your festive meal, remember that with a dash of imagination, you can breathe new life into them.

Cheers to the joy of reinvention and the endless culinary possibilities of the holiday season!

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