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Five Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes



It’s the day before Thanksgiving and I am already thinking about the leftovers.

I will not be participating in Black Friday.  Unless it takes place in my refrigerator, I will be staying far, far away from any post-thanksgiving debauchery. Besides, I plan to make most of my Christmas gifts, but more on that later.

Here are my favorite uses for Thanksgiving leftovers:

1. Empanadas. A simple dough (or even store bough pie dough) can transform your leftover food into adorable and portable mini savory pies. Also handy to take along on those epic shopping ventures, for those of you who participate in that sort of thing.

My favorite combos: Turkey & Mashed Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole, Candied Yam, Stuffing & Cranberry

More directions on making Thanksgiving Leftover Empanadas Here.


2. Turkey Galette. Use a standard dough, or a store bought pie crust. Roll it out, add your leftovers, fold the edges in and bake at 400 until the dough is cooked, about 35 minutes. Top with some fresh greens and you are good to go.


3. Salad. Seriously, we all need some detox right about now.


Cook 1 cup quinoa (use these directions to cook the quinoa, the package directions make it soggy)

Add 2 cups chopped kale

1/2 cup chopped cooked turkey

2 tbs dried cranberries

2 tbs chopped black olives

1 chopped yam, cooked

3 tbs balsamic & 1 tbs honey, mixed together


Toss everything in a bowl. Makes about 4 servings.



4. Turkey Grilled Cheese.

Not a lot to explain here. Just load some bread up with turkey, lots of cheese and pan fry until gooey, melty and amazing.


5. Turkey Sliders

Split open on of those left over rolls (or maybe the biscuits from breakfast) load it up with left overs and you just made yourself a cute little sandwich.

Or toss some leftover turkey in some BBQ sauce, fill a dinner roll and it’s like a brand new food.


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Averie @ Averie Cooks November 21, 2012 um 1:40 am

That bbq sauce is just oozing and perfect! I could just have sauce and be happy 🙂


Jen @ Savory Simple November 21, 2012 um 5:45 am

I love these, especially the empanada and galette. I’ve always been a big fan of the Thanksgiving burrito.


Jackie November 21, 2012 um 11:51 am

Thanksgiving burritos! I love that idea. Especially a turkey breakfast burrito.


Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet November 21, 2012 um 7:29 am

Oooh, the grilled cheese has me craving the leftovers already! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Jackie!


claire @ the realistic nutritionist November 21, 2012 um 9:19 am

I’m coming to your house for Thanksgiving leftovers!!!


Cassie | Bake Your Day November 21, 2012 um 10:24 am

That galette is a great idea. And i love the grilled cheese. Amazing!


Bree November 21, 2012 um 11:04 am

They all look more terrific than the next 🙂


Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies November 21, 2012 um 11:18 am

I do a grilled cheese with leftover cranberry sauce and I swear I look forward to that almost as much as Thanksgiving itself. So good. I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!


Jackie November 21, 2012 um 11:51 am

That sounds amazing! I think cranberry sauce is better the next day anyway.


Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious November 23, 2012 um 12:16 am

I’m not participating in black friday either unless it involves the computer or the iphone and the amazon app!

Btw, this round-up is awesome. You know I’m totally making that grilled cheese, right? 🙂


Valerie @ From Valerie’s Kitchen November 24, 2012 um 8:07 am

What a great group of ideas for the leftovers. Mine are going so quickly I had to grab some of the turkey for soup and leave the rest to the wild hoards of teenage boys who raid my fridge on a regular basis. I’m totally with you on the Black Friday thing. The day after Thanksgiving is a day of recovery and rest – not cramming into shopping malls to shop for gifts I have even decided on yet.

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Jackie!


Kim Bee November 24, 2012 um 2:43 pm

Okay every single recipe looks to die for but those turkey sliders are doing me in. Must make now.


Crista November 24, 2012 um 3:46 pm

i LOVE the idea of the empanadas


Ashley – Baker by Nature November 24, 2012 um 4:14 pm

We have SO much turkey leftover, and I’m pretty sure I want to make every single thing on this list! Hope your holiday was perfect, Jackie!


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