It’s been said that Thanksgiving is not a gift-centric holiday. But if you think of your holiday meal as a gift that keeps on giving, then your Thanksgiving leftovers can be showstoppers. Read through to learn why these 11 dishes make the perfect leftovers for days after the big meal.
Cranberry Orange Quinoa Salad
Source: Family Spice
Fresh cranberries are a staple in many kitchens. Don’t forget them in your crisper drawer; turn them into a light and fresh salad that will be a welcome sight after you’ve enjoyed the filling foods of a traditional Thanksgiving.
Roasted Turkey, Cranberry and Brie Grilled Cheese
Source: Heather Christo
Cranberry chutney and brie cheese make this sandwich one that will be on your mind year-round.
Sweet Potato Pecan Waffles
Source: The Makeshift Nest
This recipe is Thanksgiving leftovers outside the box — leftover sweet potato casserole used in the most creative way possible.
French Toast Stuffed With Cranberry Cream Cheese
Source: Alaska From Scratch
You might consider having extra cranberry sauce on hand for the sole purpose of making this French toast.
Thanksgiving Leftovers Stromboli
Source: Betsy Life
Stromboli isn’t something many of us think about when dreaming of Thanksgiving leftovers, but this is worth a try.
Cajun Turkey Pot Pie
Source: Simply Recipes
This pot pie combines cajun spices and a buttery, flaky crust that complements your turkey leftovers perfectly.
Thanksgiving Leftovers Nachos
Source: Girl Versus Dough
Jalapenos, cheese, and tortilla chips meet cranberry sauce and Thanksgiving turkey for the ultimate quick and easy meal.
5-Ingredient Thai Pumpkin Soup
Source: The Good Stuff
If you find yourself with an abundance of leftover pumpkin, try this soup that incorporates delicious Thai flavors with only five ingredients.
Easy Turkey Stock
Source: Martha Stewart
Once you’ve removed the meat from your turkey, save the bones and toss them in a pot for homemade turkey stock. Stock freezes well, so keep it on hand to use for winter soups.
Crockpot Turkey Chili
Source: Passion for Savings
Six ingredients make this turkey chili recipe the easiest post-Thanksgiving meal, so save your energy for spending time with family or holiday shopping.
Turkey “Shepherd’s” Pie
Source: The Hopeless Housewife
A creamy and delicious shepherd’s pie helps extend the holiday weekend a bit longer and stretches your dollar on that Thanksgiving turkey.