A lot of planning goes into your Thanksgiving meal. For weeks you curate the perfect menu, you schedule the exact time to wake up to cook the perfect bird and you pay homage to your great-great-grandmother by making her infamous pumpkin pie recipe… from scratch. The big day finally arrives — you pay your thanks, you eat turkey like it was your job (because it was) and after you’ve come out of your food coma, the clean up begins. And, then, you carefully survey the damage and assess just how many days you will be eating turkey sandwiches post holiday. (Spoiler: It’s weeks, not days.)
Even with the most calculated of plans, we can drastically over estimate the amount of food we might need for Thanksgiving. Don’t get discouraged. Turn those boring Thanksgiving leftovers into anything but boring with these 10 delicious turkey recipes.
10 Ideas for Thanksgiving leftovers
Turkey Meatloaf Cupcakes by SkinnyMs.
Who doesn’t love a cupcake? These Turkey Meatloaf Cupcakes, complete with mashed potato topping, are bite-sized perfection. Not to mention perfect for packing later in your lunchbox!
Turkey and Cranberry Quesadillas by Little Dairy on the Prairie
Now this almost feels like cheating since we are putting two leftovers to good use. These yummy Turkey and Cranberry Quesadillas will reinvent your view of how a quesadilla should really be done.
Turkey Bacon Sliders by Wine and Glue
Bacon. Turkey. Need we say more? Okay, we will. These Turkey Bacon Sliders sounded so good we had to taste test them ourselves. Trust us, you’ll be wishing for more leftovers just to make another batch of these.
The Best Healthy Turkey Chili by Ambitious Kitchen
After a day of glutton-filled eating that is Thanksgiving, healthy is just what we are looking for. This Turkey Chili recipe is also perfect for freezing — the leftovers that keep on giving!
Turkey Orzo Soup by Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen
This simple soup is the perfect way to make great use of your leftover turkey and vegetables, not to mention this healthy recipe is a great option to warm you up after a cold day.
Turkey and Mashed Potato Casserole by Olivia’s Cuisine
Another recipe to double dip and knock out two leftovers from your Thanksgiving table. This yummy turkey dinner might even turn out to be a bigger hit than its predecessor.
30 Minute Lighter Turkey Tetrazzini by Savory Nothings
Quick? Easy? Light? We don’t know about you, but that is exactly what we are looking for after a Thanksgiving feast. We can’t wait to test this recipe out on our leftovers.
Turkey Gnocchi Soup by Wholefully
After creating a magical Thanksgiving dinner, easy is what we are looking for. Wow your leftover holiday guests by turning your leftover turkey into this easy, yet super yummy, soup recipe.