Our Favorite Ways to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers

Our Favorite Ways to use Thanksgiving Leftovers

If you find yourself with tons of leftovers from Thanksgiving Dinner, don’t fret.  These can easily be transformed into a number of delicious meals that bear little resemblance to the original meal.  This is particularly good if you have a picky family that doesn’t like to eat the same thing for more than one meal.  Check out our list of delicious Thanksgiving Leftover Makeovers.   We know you’ll love them. 

1.  Stuffing Waffles

Our Favorite Ways to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers

This idea is not mine.  I saw it on Facebook two years ago, and it’s still a great way to use up leftover stuffing.  The best part is that these savory and crunchy waffles are a great addition to your breakfast or brunch menu.


2.  Easy Turkey Pot Pie

Our Favorite Ways to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers

This is a very simple recipe that uses up leftover vegetables, leftover gravy, and some of the leftover turkey meat.  It’s a simple and delicious pie that has a simple, biscuit type, crust on the top.  It’s easy to make, and helps the leftover thanksgiving dinner to seem like an entirely different meal.


3.  BBQ Pulled Turkey Sandwiches

Our Favorite Ways to use Thanksgiving Leftovers

We love turkey sandwiches.  In fact, we look forward to the turkey sandwiches on the night of Thanksgiving more than we look forward to the actual meal.    BBQ pulled turkey is a nice change of pace from plain turkey sandwiches, and this recipe is very easy to make.  If you’re looking for some other new ideas for your after Thanksgiving turkey sandwiches, you can check out our post that’s entirely devoted to different types of turkey sandwiches.


4.  Fully Loaded Mashed Potato Pancakes

Our Favorite Ways to use Thanksgiving Leftovers

Do you have loads of leftover mashed potatoes?  Don’t worry.  Turn them into these delicious fully loaded mashed potato pancakes.  Easy to make and loaded with flavor, these are simple and delicious, and were a favorite with our family.  Even Baker’s Man, who isn’t a big fan of mashed potatoes, loved these.


5.  Creamy Turkey Enchiladas

Our Favorite Ways to use Thanksgiving Leftovers

I realize that I’m linking you to a recipe for chicken enchiladas that uses canned chicken, but you can easily substitute 2 1/2 to 3 cups of chopped, cooked turkey (aka leftover Thanksgiving turkey) in this recipe.  I do it all of the time, and it makes some delicious enchiladas.  In fact, this is Food Critics after Thanksgiving request every year.


6.  Michelle’s Simple Turkey Enchiladas

Our Favorite Ways to use Thanksgiving Leftovers

This link takes you to another chicken enchilada recipe, but once again, if you substitute and equal amount of diced leftover turkey, they will turn out delicious.  This recipe has only 5 ingredients, and though the recipe is simple, it’s loaded with flavor.  This is another frequent request by Food Critic who gets upset if I don’t make at least two pans of enchiladas from our leftover turkey.


7.  Mexican Style Turkey Soup

Our Favorite Ways to use Thanksgiving Leftovers

Using every bit of the Thanksgiving turkey is important to us at Patty Cake’s Pantry, so we love to boil the turkey carcass and make turkey stock that we then turn into delicious turkey soup.  This is a departure from our traditional turkey soup.  This soup has added flavor from green chilis, garlic and onion.  The addition of hominy, and mexican squash provided added interest.   It’s delicious and satisfying on a cold day.

Our Favorite Ways to Use Thanksgiving LeftoversThese are just a few ways to use up those Thanksgiving leftovers.

We hope you enjoy these ideas.  Do you have other favorite ways to use up the leftovers?  Let us know  by leaving a comment below.

Thanks for visiting Patty Cake’s Pantry.


2 thoughts on “Our Favorite Ways to use Thanksgiving Leftovers

    1. I love traditional turkey soup, but sometimes, I like to switch things up a bit. I really liked this combination.

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