Some people like Thanksgiving leftovers even more than the meal itself! Find some new ways to use yours in this list of Thanksgiving leftovers recipes.
When it comes to planning for Thanksgiving we always focus on the food. Traditionally it’s a big meal to share with friends and family so it only makes sense that a little planning is involved.
Today we’re going to take a look at what you can do with all of those leftovers from a big meal like Thanksgiving. These holiday leftovers recipes are also great to use any time you make a turkey and need meal prep ideas.
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It’s almost the big day–are you ready for Thanksgiving? We are traveling locally to feast with friends this year so we’ll be cooking early Thursday morning and bringing some dishes with us.
We’re looking forward to a relaxing weekend together, and the best part of Thanksgiving: leftovers!
What to do with Thanksgiving leftovers:
There never seem to be enough now that the kids are so big. They’ll eat them for breakfast, too.
Even when we’re traveling to enjoy food with family or friends we usually end up making most of the usual recipes at home just so we have leftovers for recipes like these!
If you want to re-invent your leftovers into new meals, I’ve pulled together some great leftovers recipes to try this year. Thanksgiving leftovers recipes are a great way to make sure nothing goes to waste!
How long are Thanksgiving leftovers good for?
Most holiday leftovers will keep for at least a few days up to about a week in the refrigerator and about a month in the freezer.
It’s important to get those dishes cleaned up and into the fridge within about 2 hours of serving. That will help keep them lasting longer and it will prevent bacteria from growing.
Freeze any leftovers that you are not planning to repurpose right away so that you can use them later! Once you use the leftovers in a new recipe they will be good for a few days but it’s important to keep in mind when the ingredients were first prepared. Don’t wait too long to use them or they will spoil.
If you make a ham instead of a turkey for Thanksgiving, try some of these 20+ leftover ham recipes.
What to make with Thanksgiving leftovers:
Here are some of my favorite side dishes that you can make with leftover veggies from Thanksgiving. Check out some of these easy ways to enjoy holiday vegetables in a new way!
Thanksgiving Leftovers Soup from 4 Hats and Frugal
Turkey Cranberry Flatbread from Real: The Kitchen and Beyond
Day After Thanksgiving Turkey Casserole from Mom It Forward
Slow Cooker Turkey Stock from GoodCheapEats
Heart Healthy Leftover Turkey Burritos from SoFabFood
Turkey-Cranberry Panini from Food Fun Family
Cajun Turkey & Sausage Andouille Bean Soup from 5 Dollar Dinners
Cranberry Turkey Grilled Cheese Sandwiches from LollyJane
Turkey and Wild Rice Soup from A Year of Slow Cooking
Turkey Pot Pie from Stockpiling Moms
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