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10 Creative Ways to Use Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

Written by Greystar
Edited by Greystar
Lifestyle November 23, 2022

Leftovers are often the best part of Thanksgiving. There’s nothing better than enjoying all your favorite Thanksgiving dishes during the few days that follow the holiday. However, after a few meals of leftover turkey and stuffing it can start to become a little repetitive. If you’re having trouble finding ways to use all the delicious leftover dishes living in your fridge, we’re here to help! Check out the ideas below for inspiration: 

1. The Perfect Thanksgiving Sandwich 

One easy but effective way to use any Thanksgiving dish you have sitting around is to put it in a sandwich. No one wants to cook on the day after Thanksgiving. This is the perfect opportunity to put together your favorite combination of meats, sides and desserts on your choice of bread and call it a day. Our favorite combo includes leftover turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and cranberry sauce on a ciabatta roll. 

2. Turkey Pot Pie 

Everyone loves a good chicken pot pie. Why not use your leftover Thanksgiving turkey to recreate this dish with a Thanksgiving twist? This will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. To make things easy, pick up a premade pastry dough and some frozen veggies to cut down on your prep time. 

Turkey Pot Pie | Blog | Greystar

3. Fried Mac & Cheese Bites

Macaroni and cheese is one of the most popular dishes served on Thanksgiving every year. It rarely happens but if you find yourself with an abundance of leftover mac and cheese, you may want to take advantage of this simple recipe. For an ooey gooey bite, simply coat balls of your leftover dish in panko breadcrumbs and air fry, deep fry or bake.

Mac and Cheese Bites | Blog | Greystar

4. Loaded Mashed Potato Pancakes 

Calling all potato lovers! If you love mashed potatoes as much as we do, then you’ll love these loaded mashed potato pancakes. Flatten your potato mixture in a pan and crisp on each side for 3 minutes for the perfect pancakes. The flavor combinations are endless. Add cheese, bacon, chives and even a dollop of sour cream for a delicious side or snack.

Mashed Potato Pancakes

5. Cranberry or Apple Hand Pies 

For a unique take on a classic dessert, try making a few hand pies. Leftover apple filling or cranberry sauce can be used inside these sweet and delicious treats. You can always use a premade pie dough but if you plan to make your own, we recommend doubling the batch to keep handy for recipes like these. 

Hand Pies Before Baking | Blog | Greystar

6. Breakfast Quiche 

Quiche is a delicious breakfast tart that can be made with eggs and any fillings that you might have on hand. In this case, try adding leftover turkey, stuffing, or sweet potatoes to the mix. You can even chop up a few extra veggies to add balance. 

Slice of Breakfast Quiche | Blog | Greystar

7. Turkey Gumbo 

Traditional gumbo recipes usually include sausage, chicken or shrimp. But have you ever had turkey gumbo? Using your leftover turkey in a rich, delicious gumbo is the perfect way to add a little spice to your Thanksgiving leftover regiment. Not sure where to start? There are lots of recipes online that you can use and modify to create the perfect dish for you and your family. 

Bowl of Turkey Gumbo | Blog | Greystar

8. Pumpkin Pie Parfaits 

Maybe you have a couple extra jars of pumpkin pie filling sitting around after putting together all your favorite Thanksgiving desserts. These pumpkin pie parfaits are perfect if you are looking for a sweet treat. Add pumpkin filling, yogurt, granola and whipped topping to a mason jar for the perfect parfaits that everyone will love. 

Pumpkin Pie Parfaits | Blog | Greystar

9. Overnight Oats 

Over the past couple of years, overnight oats have become a quick and trendy breakfast for anyone to enjoy. Why not add some of your leftover Thanksgiving ingredients as you put together yours? Cranberry sauce will bring balance to your oats with a sweet yet tart taste. 

Overnight Oats Topped with Fruit | Blog | Greystar

10. Leftover Ham Chef Salad 

After indulging in tons of carbs and sweets, you may be craving something on the healthier side. A chef salad can be a great option if you have extra ham from your Thanksgiving celebration. Add chunks of your ham to a bed of greens along with tomatoes, cucumbers and even a boiled egg for the perfect lunch or dinner option. 

Oil Being Poured Over Salad | Blog | Greystar

No matter what you are in the mood for, there are so many ways to reinvent meals for you, your friends or your family by using all your Thanksgiving leftovers.  

Hosting Thanksgiving at your Greystar apartment? We’re here to help. Here are a few ideas to make things a little easier. 


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