8 Easy Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes For When You Want To Play The Holiday On Repeat
What's better than Thanksgiving dinner? Two Thanksgiving dinners, that's what. If you end up cooking way too much food, don't fret, because it happens to the best of us. Thanksgiving leftovers are kind of like a tradition, anyway. The go-to is a reheated turkey sandwich, complete with cranberry sauce and stuffing, but you can take it to the next level and get creative with some easy Thanksgiving leftover recipes. This way, it really does feel like the holiday is repeating itself. You'll be reaping the rewards of a second Thanksgiving dinner in no time.
Unlike Thanksgiving day, when you're working hard in the kitchen for hours on end, you already have all of the ingredients ready to go. The cooking time is most likely cut in half, and you have more time to get to the store to scope out the good deals on Black Friday. You don't even have to look up recipes, because we've assembled these eight Thanksgiving-inspired tutorials to try out. They're perfect for anyone who is feeling lazy AF after eating all of that turkey.
I don't know about you guys, but I'm getting hungry just thinking about these leftovers. It's true there's always something to be thankful for. For me, in addition to my family and friends, it's preparing more than one Thanksgiving feast this year.
1. Stuffing Muffins
These leftover stuffing muffins are so easy to make. They can be used as a great side dish for a second dinner, or they can be eaten for breakfast. If you decide to make these for breakfast, they will be the fuel you need to get going on your long day of Black Friday shopping.
I will stop at muffin' to eat more stuffing. See what I did there?
2. Mashed Potato Mounds
My family always has leftover mashed potatoes, because without fail every year, we make more than we can handle in one sitting. This tutorial is a fun idea to give your leftover mashed potatoes a second life.
These mounds look super fancy, that you would never believe they were made from leftovers. I bet this recipe would even work for your leftover mashed sweet potatoes, if you're in the mood for something sweet.
3. Potato Croquettes
This is a great recipe for just about any leftover in your fridge, because you can stick whatever your heart desires in a yummy potato croquette. This is perfect to serve as a main dish for the day after Thanksgiving. They're so mouthwatering, your family will be getting up for a second (or fourth) helping.
4. Thanksgiving Turkey Enchilada Casserole
If your family is in the mood for Mexican food the next day, this tutorial was made for you. Luckily, you already have a bunch of leftovers available in your fridge to whip this recipe up.
Making enchilada casserole is a super creative way to reuse your leftovers for a completely different dish than the turkey dinner you savored the day before. Plus, these look so amazing and cheesy, who wouldn't want to try them?
5. Turkey Panini
A Thanksgiving leftover turkey sandwich is a fan fave we all love to have, but this turkey panini is taking that sandwich to the next level. Your family can have fun making personalized sandwiches with whichever leftovers they want to put in it. Bring on the cranberry sauce and brie cheese, please.
6. Turkey Nachos
OK, this recipe looks seriously unreal. Using the cranberry sauce for the salsa on these Thanksgiving leftover nachos is a genius move. You can make these for lunch, dinner, or a snack in between shopping. Of course, you need to make enough for everyone, because these are nacho nachos — they're mine, too.
7. Pumpkin Pie Milkshake
You can even put your leftover pumpkin pie to good use and turn it into a sweet milkshake the next day. Although I don't understand how anyone could have leftover pumpkin pie, because that just seems very wrong. The pumpkin pie should be the first thing to go, in my opinion.
8. Sweet Potato Poppers
The sweet potatoes are my favorite dish at Thanksgiving, so these poppers are my favorite pick on this list. I might just make extra sweet potatoes this year so that I'm able to make these poppers. If I would add anything to this recipe, it would be melted marshmallows for a dipping sauce. Yum!