Thanksgiving leftover recipes to enjoy the day after

Sabrina White, Editor -in-Chief


Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays since we get to eat lots of delicious homemade food and desserts, as well as come together as families to give thanks and enjoy each other’s company. Here are some of my favorite leftover recipes to enjoy (once my stomach has recovered from the previous day’s festivities).

Turkey-cranberry-cream cheese sandwich

You’ll need a heaping amount of turkey, about half a can of jellied cranberries, and as much cream cheese as your heart desires. I prefer toasted sourdough bread, but any bread will work just fine. First, toast your bread the way you like it, then spread cream cheese on both pieces. Add your cranberries, pile on the turkey and chow down.

Turkey Leftover Soup

For a warm, yummy treat the day after thanksgiving, leftover turkey soup is my go-to. It’s simple and doesn’t take too long, and is perfect for cold November afternoons.

You’ll need two cups of leftover turkey, one diced onion, a clove of garlic (or about two teaspoons of garlic powder if you’re too lazy like me), two diced carrots, one peeled and diced potato (I prefer yellow potatoes), some chopped celery, a little parsley if you’re feeling fancy, and some salt and pepper for taste. You’ll also need six cups of turkey stock, which can be bought in convenient pre-made containers at most grocery stores. You can also add noodles to the soup if you want, I usually go for elbow noodles or egg noodles.

Once you’ve got everything, add it all to a nice big soup pot and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat a bit and let it simmer for about two hours, or until the vegetables are nice and soft. Once it’s done, make yourself a bowl and enjoy!

Leftover breakfast skillet

One of my favorite breakfast type meals from thanksgiving leftovers is a hearty skillet. For this recipe, grab a bunch of your favorite leftovers and combine them in a pan or cast-iron skillet.

For my skillet, I use my homemade stuffing (made with sourdough of course), but you can use your favorite type to make it your own. Chop up some leftover turkey and ham, or any leftover meat you have, add some onions, chopped peppers, or any other veggies you want and fry it up in your pan with a good amount of butter. Crag an egg over the pan and mix it in to the skillet concoction. Once the egg has been fully incorporated and cooked with the rest of the ingredients, serve yourself a plate and grab a piping hot cup of coffee. This is the perfect way to enjoy leftovers for breakfast.

If you try any of these recipes, send us an email and tell us how they worked out! You can also submit your own leftover recipes for other upcoming holidays, such as Christmas and Hanukkah.


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