17 Important Things To Do With Thanksgiving Leftovers

Black Friday can suck it. Hereby and henceforth proclaiming this day Leftover Friday.

1. Make a sandwich (ASAP).

It must include turkey and cranberry sauce to qualify; other components such as stuffing or mashed potatoes are optional but highly encouraged.

This brilliant double-decker specimen from Spoon Fork Bacon uses a slice of bread soaked in gravy (I repeat: SOAKED IN GRAVY) as a middle layer. That sounds like a really good idea.

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2. Mix a cranberry sauce cocktail to go with it.

You can find this drink (The Scarlet Letter) and two more BuzzFeed original recipes over here.

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3. Okay, now make another sandwich.

Never too many. This one’s from CHOW. There’s even a smashed dinner roll in the middle!

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4. A few cranberry orange muffins make a great Leftover Friday (or Still Eating Leftovers Saturday) breakfast.

Otherwise, you know that bag of cranberries is just going to sit in the fridge until it starts spawning tiny organisms. Get the recipe at Branny Boils Over.

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5. So does this spicy hash made with turkey, potato, and Brussels sprouts.

Get the recipe at From Away.

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7. Next, start a big pot of soup to have for lunch.

You can make stock out of your turkey carcass to use in this recipe for Creamy Turkey and Wild Rice Soup from A Farm Girl Dabbles, or regular old chicken broth will work just fine.

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8. You’d better grill a few sandwiches to go with it, obviously.

Grilled Brie, Turkey, Cranberry & Avocado Sandwich recipe at Foodie Crush.

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9. And/or bake these leftover-sweet potato biscuits.

Get the recipe at Home Cooking Memories.

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11. Or you could have this turkey club salad if you’re feeling a little guilty.

Don’t worry, it has plenty of bacon in it. Get the recipe at Framed Cooks.

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12. Don’t forget to continue making and eating sandwiches throughout the day.

Get the recipe for Turkey & Cranberry Panini With Goat Cheese Aioli from The Messy Baker.

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13. Experimental sandwiches are encouraged, like banh mi.

Get the recipe at Bon Appétit.

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14. Or pulled turkey with cranberry BBQ sauce.

Get the recipe at Pink Parsley.

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15. When you’re finally nearing sandwich saturation point, this turkey & mushroom risotto makes a lovely dinner.

Get the recipe, from the one and only Sam Sifton, at Bon Appétit.

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16. Turkey shepherd’s pie could be nice, too.

Get the recipe at CHOW.

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17. But whatever else happens, make sure you save enough turkey for One Last Sandwich.

This beast from Bon Appétit uses a special recipe for Cran-Pepper Jelly.

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