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15 Creative Ways To Use Up Thanksgiving Leftovers

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After Thanksgiving is over and everyone has had a delicious meal shared with family and friends there is always the inevitable question…what do we do with all of these leftovers? Don’t you worry, because here are some amazing recipes for using up all of your Thanksgiving leftovers that the whole family will enjoy eating!

1. Easy Turkey Mole

Photo Credit: In Mama Maggie’s Kitchen.

Turkey mole is the perfect way to use up your Thanksgiving leftovers and it transforms the turkey into a completely different dish. Chicken bouillon, Mexican chocolate, water, mole sauce, and your leftover turkey are all that you need to make this turkey transformation!

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2. Easy Shepherd’s Pie

Photo Credit: The Gracious Pantry.

This easy shepherd’s pie recipe was created specifically for Thanksgiving leftovers and you just know it’s going to be delicious. Start with a layer of stuffing for the bottom and top it with a layer of tasty mashed potatoes. In the middle, you can layer whatever leftovers you have like turkey and gravy, roasted vegetables, and cranberry sauce. Yum! Yum!

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3. Potato Pancake

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If you have leftover mashed potatoes from Thanksgiving then this is the recipe for you. Transform those leftovers into delicious and crispy potato pancakes with a few additional ingredients you already have on hand. Your family will love these potato pancakes!

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4. Leftover Turkey Stir Fry

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Spruce up that leftover Thanksgiving turkey by transforming it into a whole new dish. Turkey stir fry is easy to make with your leftover turkey, chopped bell peppers and onions, broccoli, and a few seasonings. You’ll have a whole new dish on the table in under 20 minutes! 

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5. Avocado Toast with Turkey and Cranberry Sauce

Photo Credit: Seasonal Cravings.

Avocado toast with turkey and cranberry sauce is the perfect way to use up some of your thanksgiving leftovers. You won’t get any complaints when they taste the creamy avocado layered with turkey and cranberry sauce. It’s sweet and savory, perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! 

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6. Sugar Free Cranberry Sauce

Photo Credit: Natasha’s Southern Flavor.

If you don’t have leftover cranberry sauce you are going to want to make some, and this recipe is perfect. Spread your leftover cranberry sauce on a wheel of brie, top it with some chopped pecans and bake it in the oven at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes for a heavenly appetizer. 

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7. Easy Air Fryer Samosas

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These air fryer samosas are healthier than the traditional deep fried version and they are a great way to use up any mashed potatoes that you may have left from Thanksgiving. Just spice them up and transform them into this Indian street

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8. Leftover Turkey or Chicken Pot Pies

Photo Credit: Binky’s Culinary Carnival.

Homemade pot pies are the ultimate comfort food, and they are so easy to make too. They also happen to be a delicious way to transform your leftover Thanksgiving turkey into a whole new meal that the family will love!

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9. Spaghetti Casserole for Leftover Turkey or Ham

Photo Credit: Binky’s Culinary Carnival.

You can make this spaghetti casserole with leftover turkey or ham with your Thanksgiving leftovers, some cheese, and a few pantry staples. This casserole is rich and creamy and oh so yummy. Your family won’t even realize that they are eating leftovers!

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10. Thanksgiving Leftover Pie

Photo Credit: FODMAP Everyday.

This Thanksgiving leftover pie is a delicious way to use up some of what you have leftover and it uses everything. A homemade double crust pie filled with stuffing, mashed potatoes, greens, turkey, gravy, and cranberry sauce…you are going to love it!

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11. Thanksgiving Nachos

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Yes, Thanksgiving nachos sound crazy, maybe they are crazy, but they are also delicious! Layer a sheet pan with some tortilla chips, top it with turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce…whatever you have left, drizzle on some gravy, top it with cheese and bake. You’re going to love them!

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12. Turkey Stock from a Carcass

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Don’t toss that turkey carcass just yet! Use the carcass after you have eaten the meat and make a delicious turkey stock with it. You can use this stock to make soups, or in other recipes you may have planned. 

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13. Instant Pot Turkey Soup

Photo Credit: Always Use Butter.

Looking for something to make with your Thanksgiving leftovers that doesn’t taste like Thanksgiving? Then this Instant Pot turkey soup is the choice for you. Throw your leftover turkey, bones and all into the Instant Pot , with some vegetables, lemon juice, and white wine for a bright, light soup that tastes nothing like Thanksgiving. 

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14. Leftover Turkey Hash with Potatoes and Carrots

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Do you have leftover stuffing, turkey, and gravy leftovers from Thanksgiving? Transform them by making this turkey hash with potatoes and carrots. This hash is quick and easy to make and the whole family will enjoy finishing those leftovers in a new dish. 

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15. Chicken Teriyaki Noodles

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This recipe was made for leftovers! Swap the leftover chicken for your leftover Thanksgiving turkey and serve up a meal the whole family will love! With fresh veggies and teriyaki flavor they might not even realize it’s leftovers!

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