It’s the day after Thanksgiving, and most of us are probably already looking at our fridge and contemplating a well-deserved turkey sandwich. While turkey sandwiches are well and good, and are definitely a post-Thanksgiving tradition, we’re never far from the danger of running out of appetite before running out of leftovers.
This is avoidable. There’s plenty of ways to use your Thanksgiving leftovers. So, just in case you have lots of turkey on your hands and aren’t prepared to eat sandwiches all the way up until Christmas, here’s a few recipes to try out that will use up those leftovers and ensure you don’t get tired of them.
1. Creamy Turkey Gnocchi Soup
This comforting soup is exactly what you’ll be craving after a crisp, cold winter day out. It’s made with inexpensive ingredients, and it’s a brilliant way to use up those turkey leftovers sitting in your fridge. This recipe is so delicious, you’ll forget you’re making it with leftovers that you’re probably already tired of. Get it here.
2. Mashed Potato Pancakes
Mashed potatoes are pretty good the second day, but any longer than that and they start to get kind of weird. It’s okay, though, because this is the perfect recipe to use them. Slather these bad boys up with some sour cream, sprinkle them with scallions, and you’ve got an amazing meal. The best part? They’re really inexpensive to make. Get the recipe here.
3. Turkey Benedict
This is a really no-fuss recipe, especially if you get your hollandaise sauce in a packet from the store. All you need to make it is some leftover turkey, shredded, hash brown patties (or you could feasibly subsititute mashed potato, here, if you want), leftover cranberry sauce, eggs, and some dinner rolls. It tastes amazing, and it’s a great breakfast to have when you’re running out of ways to use Thanksgiving leftovers for lunch and dinner. Get the recipe here.
4. Turkey Chili
I don’t know about you, but I love chili. It’s one of my comfort foods. But, the classic ‘hamburger’ chili gets kind of boring after a while. Why not switch it up with that leftover thanskgiving turkey? Chili has a completely different range of flavors to a Thanksgiving feast, so you’re garunteed not to be bored by the same set of food that you’ve been eating for the past few weeks. This chili packs a punch with cumin, chili powder, and oregano. The flavor’s really warming and really intense, making it perfect for these cold winter nights. Get the recipe here.
5. Cranberry Turkey Grilled Cheese
There is honestly nothing more comforting than a grilled cheese. The combination of cheese and bread is the best thing in the world, so props to whoever invented it first! Take your grilled cheese to the next level by adding in your Thanksgiving leftovers! This recipe doesn’t require any fancy ingredients – just some leftover turkey, some cranberry sauce, some bread, some mayo, and your favorite sliced cheese. Get the recipe here.
6. Turkey Corn Chowder
Yep, it’s another soup, but not just any soup – it’s an amazing corn chowder. This chowder can be made in just under 30 minutes. It’s the perfect recipe for rushed nights when you still want to use up that leftover Thanksgiving turkey. It’s made with a small host of several inexpensive ingredients. All you need is your leftover turkey, some creamed corn, some regular corn, chicken or vegetable broth, celery, a bell pepper, some potatoes, and a few seasonings. It’s creamy, it’s comforting, and it’s easy. What more could you need? Get the recipe here.