12+ Recipe Ideas For Thanksgiving Leftovers

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12+ Recipe Ideas For Thanksgiving LeftoversNow that Thanksgiving has come and gone, we’re always left with the inevitable question of what to do with all those leftovers.  Assuming your have leftovers, that is.  Our family always errs on the side of having too much food.  This year, we had Thanksgiving dinner at my in-laws’ house.  And it included a fantastic spread: two turkeys (1 in the oven, 1 smoked), corn, green beans, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, gravy (with and without giblets), rolls, raw vegetables (leftover from earlier in the day), and more.  Despite having just shy of 20 people to share in the feasting, we did indeed have leftovers.

So, what to do with the leftovers?  I’ll share with you my plans, and then make sure to keep reading for more ideas on repurposing those leftovers.

My plan of action for our leftovers for this year?  First of all, don’t throw away those bones!  I always like to keep the bones for making broth or stock.  These actually went in my freezer, as I already had enough broth in my refrigerator.  We also were sent home with leftover turkey — I think we’ll be making stew, maybe some turkey quesadillas  or nachos with turkey.  Here’s my stew recipe.

Thanksgiving Leftover Soup Recipe:

  • 2 c. turkey meat, shredded or cubed
  • 2 c. cooked vegetables (corn, green beans)
  • 1 c. uncooked rice
  • 2 qt. broth (approx.)
  • salt, pepper, to taste

Combine all in a crockpot, adding enough broth to cover all ingredients.  Cook on low for 6 hr or on high for 3 hr, until rice is cooked through.

More ways to use up Thanksgiving leftovers:

And here are some more great ideas for all those Thanksgiving leftovers — you definitely don’t want them to go to waste!

Noodle Entree

We mix about 2 cups of leftover turkey with cream of mushroom soup and soy sauce for a nice main dish to eat over egg noodles. It takes about 10 minutes to put together.

– Ticia, Adventures in Mommydom

Open-Faced Sandwich

We eat open-faced sandwiches for the week. Such a wonderfully indulgent way to enjoy and you can mix ALL of the thanksgiving ingredients together.

– Jenny, The Jenny Evolution


I always have a ton of leftover turkey …I came up with this yummy (and super easy) way to make them into little “pockets” that everyone enjoyed! [turkey pocket recipe]

– Justine, Temecula Qponer


I’m originally from Minnesota and we always make ham and wild rice soup the next day with the leftover ham.

– Amanda, The Educators’ Spin on It

Shepherd’s Pie

I make a few turkey casseroles, maybe a turkey shepherds pie and sandwiches.

– Amy, Umbrella Tree Cafe

Freeze for Later

Leftovers are one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving! If we have an abundance (I’ve been known to overcook), then I will freeze the turkey in quart freezer bags to use in recipes after we’ve gotten over being “over” turkey. If we just have a “normal” amount, they will be lunch or dinner for the next few nights, just as they are.

– Vicki, Simply Vicki


I love this white turkey chili. It is simple (can be adjusted to be made in a crockpot) and is quite delicious.

– Jenni, The Good Long Road


Once we’ve eaten all the turkey I put the bones in the crockpot and cook all day with water and spices to make turkey stock! I freeze it and we can have homemade turkey soup all winter long.

– Laura, Sunny Day Family

Alphabet Soup

Rich turkey stock turned into turkey alphabet soup!

– Jennifer, A glimpse of our life


We like to find ways to use the leftovers for breakfast, lunch and dinner… add leftover ham to a breakfast omelet, make turkey cranberry sandwiches for lunch… for dinner [make] Leftover Turkey Casserole.

– Courtney, The Chirping Moms

We make cheesy bruschetta turkey casserole & crispy ranch potatoes.

– Krystal, My Life of Travels and Adventures

Pot Pie

We use leftovers to make soup and turkey pot pie!

– Beth, 123 Homeschool 4 Me

What about you? do you have any favorite ways to use up your Thanksgiving leftovers?

2 Responses

  1. Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories

    Great ideas! my latest favorite is to put it in a biscuit cup. My kids gobbled them up last week! Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday Linkup. Hope you join us again this week.

  2. Betsy Finn

    Oh, that sounds like a great idea, Tanya!