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5 Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes That Are Anything But Boring

by Pam Silvia

Second to quality time with loved ones, the best thing about Thanksgiving dinner is the food. Succulent turkey. Creamy mashed potatoes. Baked mac and cheese. Ironically, the most exasperating part about the holiday is figuring out what to do with the leftovers. Turkey subs can only hold their appeal for so long, so we rounded up 5 Thanksgiving leftover recipes for you to savor those holiday staples just a little while longer.

1. Leftover Turkey and Stuffing Burrito

leftover turkey dinner burrito with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy

When it comes to assembling a leftover turkey burrito, there are many ways to go about it in terms of what goes inside the tortilla. Depending on your spread, you can use leftover turkey (shredded or diced), stuffing, cooked vegetables, and mashed potatoes. To punch up the flavor, we recommend re-heating your turkey, stuffing, and veggies in a sauté pan with some spices. For cohesion, you may choose to crack an egg over the contents of the pan to create a scramble. When you are ready to assemble your burrito, spread a layer of warmed mashed potatoes on a flour tortilla, transfer the contents of the pan, and roll it up. Serve with a side of leftover cranberry sauce or gravy and enjoy!

Make this recipe your own or take cues from this recipe from Food52.

2. Leftover Turkey Quiche

leftover turkey tart pie with pears, cheese, and cranberries

A creative solution to your leftovers problem is to whip up a delicious quiche. To create this savory delicacy, pre-bake a frozen pie shell according to package instructions. After the crust is cooled, sprinkle some leftover stuffing and shredded turkey, topping it with cheddar and parsley. Next, create a simple custard to pour over the filling, and bake! If you would like to add a bit of tart flavor, add some cranberries or craisins before you drizzle the custard on top of your unbaked creation.

For in-depth instructions, here is a recipe sourced from Food Network.

3. Leftover Turkey Sliders

roasted turkey sandwiches with cranberry sauce and cheese against wood

A variation of the leftover turkey sandwich, a turkey slider can help put a dent in your mountain of leftovers, as they are a perfectly shareable treat. Our favorite iteration of a turkey slider involves shredded turkey (of course), a sweet roll sliced in half, a slice of provolone cheese, and a leafy green (like spinach or romaine lettuce). To add even more intrigue, we suggest adding a smattering of whole cranberries inside each slider.

Click here for an oven-baked version from Kim’s Cravings.

4. Leftover Turkey Chili

homemade bowl of turkey chili with beans and scallions

If you ask us, there is nothing like a bowl of warm chili while curled up next to the fireplace. Serve up some comfort with shredded turkey and chili-making essentials, including chopped onion, green bell pepper, chopped garlic cloves, crushed tomatoes, and drained kidney beans. First, sauté the vegetables in a pan with olive oil, adding garlic, chili powder, and cumin to the mix. Next, incorporate a can of crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, turkey or chicken stock, kidney beans, oregano, salt, pepper, and turkey meat, simmering while partially covered for one hour.

Here is an easy-to-follow recipe from Simply Recipes.

5. Leftover Turkey and Stuffing Casserole

turkey casserole with broccoli, rice, and crumbled crackers

Admittedly, casseroles are a common way to recycle Thanksgiving leftovers, but it’s nevertheless a creative solution, as you can give it your own spin. Repurposed holiday fixings include turkey, stuffing, and green beans (or any cooked vegetables), which can be simply combined in a large bowl with fresh parsley, condensed cream of chicken soup, and water to be transferred to a greased baking dish. Bake for a little under a half-hour — and gobble, gobble!

Here are simple step-by-step instructions courtesy of Taste of Home.

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