20+ Fast Recipe Ideas for Thanksgiving Leftovers

Sick of endless turkey sandwiches? You’ll love these fast, fun, easy Thanksgiving recipes for turkey, cranberries, sweet potatoes and more.

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For your leftover turkey...

For your leftover turkey...The Works for Reader's Digest
Southwest Casserole Combine turkey, squash, and sweet potatoes with gravy, diced potatoes, and roasted green chilies; cover with cheddar. Bake. —Jeremy McMillan, executive chef at the Bedford Post Inn Wishbone-wich Butter both sides of country bread, add Swiss or Gruyere and turkey, grill sandwich; top with a fried egg.—Casimir and Co, New York City restaurant The Southern Voyager Create pulled BBQ-turkey sandwiches by shredding turkey and adding barbecue sauce and a leftover roll. —Aldi Test Kitchen

More leftover turkey ideas...

More leftover turkey ideas...
Grateful Eggs Benedict Serve poached eggs over stuffing and sliced turkey; cover with gravy and a dollop of cranberry sauce. —closetcooking.com Puritan Hash In a large skillet, sauté diced leftover turkey with frozen hash browns, diced onions and your leftover veggies. — Missy Lapine, The Sneaky Chef Sunday Morning Savory-cakes Mix turkey, cranberries and your other favorite leftovers into pancake batter to make for the perfect morning-after savory pancake. —David Burke, chef and restaurateur Seasonal Salad Shred turkey. Slice leftover raw veggies, apples, carrots, celery, fennel. Reduce apple cider and vinegar. Serve over bed of lettuce. — Executive Chef John Greeley at '21' Club

Even more leftover turkey ideas...

Even more leftover turkey ideas...
Autopilot Pizza Throw sauce, cheese, turkey, and veggies on refrigerated pizza crust, and pop it in the oven. —Southern Living Pilgrim’s Rolls Wrap turkey and cranberry with avocado, rice and seaweed to make Thanksgiving sushi. —closetcooking.com Gratitude Meatballs Make turkey meatballs with stuffing as binding and put each on a toothpick. Use gravy or cranberry sauce for dipping. —Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark, hosts of Cooking Channel’s Tripping Out with Alie and Georgia

For your leftover cranberry sauce...

For your leftover cranberry sauce...The Works for Reader's Digest
Cocoa-Cranberry Chief Blend cranberry sauce with blueberries, unsweetened cocoa powder or cocoa nibs, honey, and cold almond or oat milk. Katrina Markoff, founder of Vosges Haut-Chocolat Count Your Blessings Brownies Add leftover cranberry sauce to your brownie mix for a tart twist on a rich dessert. —About.com Thursday Thumbprints Instead of using jam, use cranberry sauce to fill shortbread thumbprint cookies. —MyRecipes.com  

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More leftover cranberry sauce ideas...

More leftover cranberry sauce ideas...
Mayflower Sauce Stir pureed cranberries into mayo for an easy and flavorful condiment. —Casimir & Co, New York City restaurant Cranberry Sauce Milkshake Swirl vanilla ice cream with pureed cranberry sauce; add a dollop of whipped cream, drizzle with chocolate. —Janice Stahl, ALDI food stylist Turkey Day Trifle Create a Thanksgiving trifle by layering together cranberry sauce with pound cake, custard (or vanilla ice cream) and whipped cream. —Epicurious.com

For your leftover pumpkin pie...

For your leftover pumpkin pie...The Works for Reader's Digest
Pump-King Ice Cream Turn pumpkin pie into pumpkin-flavored ice cream by blending it into vanilla ice cream and adding maple syrup. <i">—Curtis Stone, host of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters Fall-males Roll pumpkin pie in tamales and top with a dollop of cheese (like queso fresco) for a sweet side dish. —George Duran, Host of TLC's Ultimate Cake Off Livin' on a Pumpkin Prayer Make a pumpkin pie brûlée by scooping pumpkin pie filling into individual ramekins and topping with caramelized sugar. —SheKnows.com  

More ideas for leftover pumpkin pie...

More ideas for leftover pumpkin pie...
Pumpkin-Honey Corn Bread Add ¼ cup pumpkin puree and 1 tbsp. honey to your corn bread recipe for a twist on the Southern staple. —thecomfortofcooking.com Pumpkin Pie-tini Mix one ounce each of milk, vanilla vodka and crème de cacao 1 oz. milk and add two ounces of leftover pumpkin purée for an adult treat. —Blisstree.com Two-Ingredient Autumn Cookies Mix 1 cup pure pumpkin from leftover cans with 1 cup oats and bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.—The Burlap Bag

For your leftover sweet potatoes...

For your leftover sweet potatoes...The Works for Reader's Digest
Chocolate–Sweet Potato Pancakes Mix sweet potatoes and a melted chocolate bar (try a chile pepper–infused bar for a kick) into pancake batter. —Katrina Markoff, founder of Vosges Haut-Chocolat Plymouth Rock Your Pasta Sauce Puree sweet potatoes, carrots and three tablespoons water for a nutritious addition to pasta sauces. Lasts in freezer for months! —Missy Lapine, The Sneaky Chef

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More ideas for leftover sweet potatoes...

More ideas for leftover sweet potatoes...
New World Dip Mash sweet potatoes and white beans with olive oil and Parmesan—Food Network Sweet Potato Shakedown Throw sweet potatoes, shortbread cookies and rum in a blender for a great spiked shake. —Chris Shea, Executive Chef at David Burke Kitchen

For everything else...

For everything else...
Thanksgiving Terrine En Gelée Sounds fancy, but just mix gelatin powder with gravy, turkey, veggies, salt and pepper; serve cold. —Chef Ariane Daguin, co-founder of D’Artagnan meats Colonial Chocolate Stuffing Grate chocolate over stuffing and bake in muffin tins for chocolate stuffing cups. Add heat with a pinch of cayenne. —Taza Chocolate Not-So-Puritan Unfinished wine? Freeze leftover in ice cube trays (8 cubes = 1 cup) to add flavor in sauces and stews. —StillTasty.com Gobble Gobble Green Beans Got green beans? Crank open a tuna can; toss with lettuce, olives and hard boiled eggs for a quick Tuna Niçoise. —Eating Well Anything Goes And if all else fails…toss together whatever leftovers look appetizing and throw an egg over it. Can’t go wrong! —Gail Simmons, Top Chef judge

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