Thanksgiving Leftovers: What Do You Do With Them?

Share your best recipes for the day after.

Dinner’s done and the only thing more stuffed than the bird is you. Now the question becomes: What to do with all those leftovers?

While many say simple reheating is all that’s necessary to have a “day after” feast, others have elaborate recipes for turning Thanksgiving leftovers into gourmet delights.

From savory turkey soups to sinfully delicious pot pies and mile-high sandwiches, everyone has their own ideas on what to do with what’s leftover. The Food Network even has an entire recipe collection dedicated to the topic.

We’d prefer to hear from you! What are your favorite Thanksgiving leftover recipes? Share them in the comments section below.

Brenda Cusick November 23, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Make turkey sandwiches with avocado, of course! ;-)
theresa casalegno November 23, 2012 at 05:55 PM
pull the skin off the cooked turkey, throw all the meaty bones into a big huge pot of water and boil it for an hour and turn it low and let it cook for another few hours. take all of the bones out and put them in a big bowl to cool. strain the broth and set it aside. go through all the bones and pick out the nice pieces of meat, and toss everything that does not look delicious. cut up an onion and some celery and carrots into small pieces and boil in the broth. just until tender, not mushy. in another pan cook a hand full of noodles to the aldente stage. (not mushy, but rather almost done) when the broth has cooked the vegies turn off the soup, add the turkey pieces into bite sized chunks and then add the noodles and a bit of fresh parsley. oh, drizzle a tiny bit of soy sauce and season with salt and pepper. voila! you have a soup that will make you want to kiss your mother. the broth will be rich and tasty. if you want to be really crazy you can add a few of the left over peas for bright color. don't let the onions and celery and carrots get mushy, let them only cook to the point that they are tender. that way the soup will have a great texture. GIVE PEAS A CHANCE! love, mama t
ROBERT E. FISHBACK November 23, 2012 at 06:38 PM
The turkey dies a thousand deaths; he is treated very shoddy; His head left singing on the chopping block....:I aint got nobody.....
Donna Evans (Editor) November 23, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Leftovers = breakfast this morning.
Nancy Wride (Editor) November 23, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Can't beat a turkey sandwich the day after, and to me, great bread makes all the difference. Love it with turkey, cranberry sauce (recipe with orange zest), little bit of dressing and one year, we made a yummy discovery.The dressing had toasted pine nuts. So now when that year's dressing doesn't, we toast pine nuts as our own Black Friday ritual. Sprinkle them on top. :D
Anthea Raymond (Editor) November 23, 2012 at 10:30 PM
@Nancy- I just spread a little of Laura Ann Jam's Raspberry Jabanero on some left over turkey. Fantastic and I supported a local business at the same time: http://www.lauraannsjams.com/
Marie Cunningham November 24, 2012 at 12:50 AM
I like to cook my leftovers in a skillet so that the turkey doesn't taste microwave-heated. It also browns the leftovers quite nicely! Melt a little butter in the pan first to avoid burning and heat the gravy separately so it doesn't get too mixed up in the skillet.
H.M. November 24, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Turkey tacos, its a tradition, my mom used to make em.
nick November 24, 2012 at 02:12 AM
nick November 24, 2012 at 02:16 AM
me to donna:) with a cup of joe!
nick November 24, 2012 at 02:17 AM
that sounds yummy anthea, where can i get some, thsnks
nick November 24, 2012 at 02:18 AM
thats the best way to do it marie;) or put it in the oven:
nick November 24, 2012 at 02:19 AM
give me some stuffing and ham and im good to go!..oh yeah babe!
Maximilian Schreck November 24, 2012 at 10:00 AM
I make a big Turkey omelet with all the left overs.
RT November 24, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Get in ma belly!!!
ROBERT E. FISHBACK November 24, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Also, turky soup made with chicken broth as a base. throw in some parsley, and a few vegetables...black pepper, good on a cold Winter night....
Nicole Charky November 24, 2012 at 11:30 PM
@H.M. - I'm going to try out turkey tacos. That sounds super easy.
AJ November 26, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Thanksgiving ham has turned into ham and cheese quiche, ham and cheese croissants and ham and split pea soup! Next up, turkey pot pie and turkey enchiladas.
Richard Core (Editor) November 26, 2012 at 07:04 PM
I smoke our turkey and put the carcass in the freezer after it's carved. Later this week I'll take it out, put it into a big pot and make a smoked turkey-black bean chili.
Rebecca Whitnall (Editor) November 26, 2012 at 08:23 PM
I know where our next editors' meeting should be ;)
Ellen Lutwak November 26, 2012 at 08:33 PM
When does Thursday's meal go bad? I made the turkey stock last night, and was afraid to eat the turkey because it was too old.
ROBERT E. FISHBACK November 26, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Ellen: I have faced the same dilemma. I did read that boiling cannot guarantee killing bacteria. The mysery from food poisioning says...Throw it out.
ROBERT E. FISHBACK November 26, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Ellen..not just bacteria, but toxins....throw it out.
Matthew Sanderson (Editor) November 26, 2012 at 09:41 PM
I usually have more leftover options in year's past, but I did take home a plentiful amount of Italian sausage stuffing (Pepperidge Farm baby!) for stuffing sliders with gravy.
Richard Core (Editor) November 26, 2012 at 09:51 PM
If you have had it refrigerated since shortly after the meal was finished, you should be fine. We still have turkey we're nibbling on.
Merry Hatebear November 27, 2012 at 06:53 AM
I don't do turkey but we had a lot of leftover biscuits and vegetarian white sausage gravy that got gobbled up the next morning for breakfast. When I used to live with meat-eating in-laws they would use their leftover turkey meat to make flautas and use the bones and smaller bits to make turkey and veggie soup.


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