Saturday, April 1, 2023

The best Thanksgiving dinner leftover recipes

Bailey Woodean
Bailey Woodean
I have been a freelance writer for more than 4 years, a mom for more than 2 years, and a wife for just under a year. I am currently a student in a cooking and catering program with the intention of expanding my knowledge of the culinary business. I then plan to take this knowledge to properly write about and critique restaurants and food. Writing to you from Niagara Falls, NY, thanks for joining me on the ride!
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Thanksgiving Leftovers Quesadilla (3-Cheese Turkey Cranberry & Sage Quesadilla)

  • 4 whole-wheat wraps
  • 2 cups turkey breast
  • 1/2 cup cranberry sauce
  • 2 cup shredded cheese I used cheddar, asiago, and pepper jack!
  • 1/4 cup fresh sage chopped
Thanksgiving dinner leftover
  1. Spray a large skillet with olive oil and heat over medium heat
  2. Place the first wrap in the bottom of the skillet and top with 1/4 cup cheese, 1/2 cup turkey, 1/4 cup cranberry sauce, 1/8 cup sage, another 1/4 cup cheese, and the second wrap. Grill for about 5 minutes on each side, or until melty and delicious.
  3. Take off of heat and cut into fourths to serve. Repeat with other ingredients to make a second quesadilla.

Thanksgiving Leftover “Enchiladas”


for 8 servings

  • turkey, shredded
  • tortilla
  • mashed potato
  • stuffing
  • squash, cooked
  • green bean, cooked
  • corn, cooked
  • 1 cup cranberry sauce
  • 2 cups gravy
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey jack cheese
  • fresh parsley, chopped, to serve
  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F (180˚C).
  2. Place one tortilla on a work surface. Place a small amount of each of your thanksgiving leftovers on the tortilla.
  3. Fold the ends in, rotate the tortilla, and roll upward, making sure none of the ingredients are coming out of the tortilla. Place in a baking dish. Repeat with remaining tortillas.
  4. Once your baking dish is filled with “enchiladas” pour the gravy over the top. Sprinkle the Monterey jack over the “enchiladas.”
  5. Bake for 30 minutes until golden and bubbling.
  6. Sprinkle parsley over the “enchiladas.” Serve immediately.
  7. Enjoy!

Thanksgiving dinner leftover

Leftover Thanksgiving Sliders

Leftover Thanksgiving Sliders

  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 (12-count) package KING’S HAWAIIAN Original Hawaiian Sweet Dinner Rolls, halved lengthwise
  • 1/3 cup leftover cranberry sauce
  • 3/4 pound leftover turkey, shredded
  • 8 slices Havarti cheese
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly oil a baking sheet or coat with nonstick spray.
  2. In a small bowl, combine Dijon, mayonnaise, and green onions; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Spread mixture on top half of dinner rolls; set aside.
  3. Place the bottom half of dinner rolls onto the prepared baking sheet. Top with cranberry sauce, turkey, cheese, and top of dinner rolls. Brush tops of dinner rolls with butter; sprinkle with poppy seeds.
  4. Place into the oven and bake until golden brown and toasted, about 15-18 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes.
  5. Serve warm.

Thanksgiving dinner leftover

Thanksgiving Leftovers Gravy Balls

Thanksgiving Leftovers Gravy Balls

  • 2 cups cooked turkey, coarsely chopped
  • 1 ½ cups leftover stuffing
  • 1 ½ cups leftover mashed potatoes
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup leftover gravy and/or cranberry sauce
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Fit baking sheet with a wire rack and coat with cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. Mix together chopped turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes in a bowl until thoroughly combined, like meatloaf. Using your hands, roll the mixture into about 16 medium-sized balls.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together egg and milk. Place breadcrumbs in a medium-sized bowl. Coat each ball with egg wash, then breadcrumbs, and place on the wire rack. Coat balls with cooking spray. Bake for 15 minutes, until outside is crispy. Turn the oven to a low broil and toast balls for about 4 minutes, turning occasionally so all sides are evenly browned.
  5. Serve with reheated gravy or cranberry sauce.

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