Thanksgiving Leftovers: Beyond the Sandwich

Thanksgiving dinner can be the biggest kitchen production of the year, showcasing an array of meats, veggies, pies, and side dishes in every shape and size. But when the feast is done, using all the leftovers often turns into a chore. Granted, the classic turkey sandwich gets top billing on Black Friday, but how many can you eat before you can’t stand the thought of another?

Get creative and try new twists with your Thanksgiving leftovers from breakfast to dinner. Here are a dozen ideas for something beyond the sandwich.

  • Serve Thanksgiving Benedict—poached eggs over stuffing and sliced turkey covered with gravy and cranberry sauce
  • Make stuffing pancakes topped with cranberry sauce
  • Spread two waffles with cream cheese and cranberry sauce, add brie and arugula in between, and heat it in the oven
  • Bake turkey and stuffing muffins
  • Broil mushroom caps filled with stuffing and dusted with parmesan
  • Bake a casserole dish of mixed leftovers topped with mashed potatoes and, voila, it’s shepherd’s pie
  • Try turkey and stuffing quesadillas
  • Fill wonton wrappers with turkey, stuffing, and veggies
  • Bake bell peppers filled with turkey and stuffing
  • Thanksgiving pizza. Cover ready-made dough with a sauce of mashed potatoes and gravy, and top with other holiday leftovers
  • Make turkey meatballs with stuffing as the binding. Dip in gravy or cranberry sauce
  • Thanksgiving nachos. Why not?

If all else fails, plate a few Thanksgiving dinners and freeze them so you can heat up a home-cooked meal during the December holiday rush!