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9 Easy Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

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These easy Thanksgiving leftover recipes take your leftover turkey and sides and turn them into completely new dishes, from soups and salads to frittatas and pot pies.

Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes
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Tasty Ways to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers

Having a fridge full of leftovers is one of my favorite parts of hosting Thanksgiving dinner. But by Friday evening, everyone tends to be tired of eating the same plate over again.

That’s where these Thanksgiving leftover recipes come in. They take your typical Thanksgiving leftovers, like turkey and mashed potatoes, and turn them into something completely new.

Turkey and mashed potatoes become a pot pie while turkey and sweet potatoes can be turned into an irresistible frittata perfect for any meal of the day. And that’s just two options!

9 Easy Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

And now, without further ado, let’s dive into my favorite Thanksgiving leftover recipes.

Turkey Mashed Sweet Potato Pot Pie

1. Turkey Mashed Potato Pot Pie

Made with your choice of mashed potatoes or mashed sweet potatoes and leftover turkey, these Turkey Mashed Potato Pot Pies are comfort food at its finest. Easy to prepare and customizable.
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Leftover turkey, sweet potatoes, spinach and Gruyere cheese – trust me, you'll want to save some Thanksgiving turkey because this breakfast frittata is SO good!

2. Leftover Turkey and Sweet Potato Frittata

Turn your leftover turkey into breakfast or brunch with this Turkey and Sweet Potato Frittata recipe. Made with leftover turkey, cubed sweet potatoes, spinach, and Gruyere it's a savory and satisfying dish that takes just minutes of prep.
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Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup

3. Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup

Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup is a twist on classic chicken noodle soup and one of my favorite ways to use up any remaining turkey. With noodles and veggies in a simple broth, this is a great recipe for chilly days and freezes well too.
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Did you eat too much stuffing and pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving? Here's a wonderful Fall cobb salad to use up any of that leftover turkey if you're looking for a meal that will be filling yet light.

4. Leftover Turkey Harvest Cobb Salad

If you're looking for a lighter Thanksgiving leftover recipe, this Turkey Harvest Cobb Salad is an excellent option! It's light yet filling, with leftover turkey, sweet potatoes, pecans, and more on a bed of greens.
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These Leftover Turkey Pot Pie Empanadas, or hand pies are a delicious way to use up your leftover Thanksgiving turkey!

5. Leftover Turkey Pot Pie Empanadas

These Turkey Pot Pie Empanadas are a fun combination of two dishes and a fantastic way to use leftovers, with turkey, carrots, and peas inside a flaky empanada crust.
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Leftover Thanksgiving turkey is transformed into quick and easy tacos! Just a few ingredients and less than 15 minutes, this is great for a quick lunch or dinner.

6. Leftover Turkey Tacos with Brussels Sprout Slaw

These Leftover Turkey Tacos are made with leftover turkey plus cranberry pear sauce (though regular cranberry sauce will do) and thinly sliced brussels sprouts for a unique, crunchy, and savory taco.
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Baked Turkey Croquettes

7. Baked Turkey Croquettes

Leftover turkey is combined with mashed potatoes and herbs then breaded and baked to make these Turkey Croquettes. Serve with leftover gravy as an appetizer or entree.
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Open-Faced Turkey Melts make a quick and easy way to use up your Thanksgiving turkey leftovers!

8. Open-Faced Turkey Melts

Open-Faced Turkey Melts make a quick and easy lunch by repurposing leftover turkey into a sandwich. Serve with a few of your favorite sides and enjoy.
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Turkey Tortilla Soup

9. Tortilla Soup

Tortilla Soup is made with leftover turkey, crushed tomatoes, and a few pantry staples for a flavorful Mexican-inspired dish. Top with avocado, tortilla strips, shredded cheese, or any other desired garnishes.
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How Long Do Thanksgiving Leftovers Last?

While it will vary slightly depending on the dish, most Thanksgiving leftovers will last for 3 to 4 days in the fridge. That gives you until Monday or so to enjoy them.

Note that if you prepared a dish in advance on Wednesday, that also counts as one day in the fridge, so you should try to eat those leftovers by Sunday.

Most Thanksgiving leftovers, including turkey, can be frozen for a few months. Just cover tightly in plastic wrap and foil or place in an airtight container and freeze.

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