19 Reasons Leftovers Are The Best Part Of Thanksgiving

Every year, you make way too much food for Thanksgiving. On purpose.

1. Because sandwiches.

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This Leftover Sandwich is the sexiest photograph MAXIM has ever printed. Instructions here.

2. You don’t really need a Thanksgiving Sandwich recipe, because it’s straight up All The Leftovers On The Bread.

But if you like the look of those fillings, the recipes are here.

3. But there are some tricks to elevating that basic sandwich: Consider a “moist maker.”

Third slice of bread soaked in gravy and sandwiched between the fillings = a moist maker.

Recipe: Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwich with a Moist Maker.

4. Like all things, Thanksgiving Sandwiches are improved with cheese.

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So add some and melt it up. Recipe: Post Thanksgiving Turkey Melt.

5. Want to really get fancy? Slap on some brie.

Recipe: Grilled Turkey and Brie Cranwich.

(The brie/cranberry combination can work sans turkey, too, if you’re in a meatless mood).

Recipe: Cranberry Brie Grilled Cheese.

6. Even blue cheese, the most controversial of the the cheeses, gets along with Thanksgiving leftovers.

Recipe: Turkey Panini with Blue Cheese and Cranberry Chutney.

7. Pearl onions get overlooked on turkey day in favor of more fashionable sides; the Thanksgiving Sandwich is their time to shine.

Recipe: Turkey and Onion Sandwich.

8. Maybe consider embracing Thanksgivukkah, and making your sandwich with latkes this year.

Recipe: Paleo Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwich.

9. You know what’s better than bread sometimes? Tortillas.

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Recipe: Mexican Thanksgiving Leftovers Tostada.

10. And, the Thanksgiving Sandwich isn’t the only option: why not a Thanksgiving hand pie?

Although, if you’re not entirely sick of cooking after making Thanksgiving dinner, you’re probably doing it wrong.

Recipe: Thanksgiving Leftover Hand Pies.

11. Heck, even salad is delicious when adorned with Thanksgiving leftovers.

Recipe: Turkey Salad with Warm Clementine Dressing.

12. Thanksgiving and pizza. Better together? Probably.

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Recipe: Thanksgiving Leftovers Pizza.

13. If too much celebrating leaves you feeling under the weather, leftovers can nurse you back to health.

Recipe: Turkey Vegetable Soup with Stuffing Dumplings.

14. These fried stuffing balls will blow your mind.

Recipe: Second Day Fried Stuffing Bites With Cranberry Sauce Pesto.

15. More leftover mashed potatoes than you know what to do with? Put them in a waffle iron:

I know they’re not Thanksgiving themed, BUT, by Saturday you might be sick of turkey.

Recipe: Mashed Potato Cheddar and Chive Waffles.

As for dessert, don’t just bake one pie. Bake ALL THE PIES.

16. Because, LOTS of leftover pie means LOTS of opportunities to experiment with ice cream pairings.

Pair this pie with this ice cream. Or, try some more adventurous pie and ice cream parings.

17. Also, an excuse to blend an entire slice of pie into a big bowl of ice cream and devour.


If you don’t have a blender, just use a fork.

It’s probably better to just put chopped up pieces of pie and ice cream in a big bowl and mush them together anyways, a la Shake Shack’s Pumpkin Pie, Oh My! Concrete, wherein vanilla frozen custard is mixed with an ENTIRE SLICE of pumpkin pie.

So, go forth and celebrate Thanksgiving to the max.

This spread from Spoon Fork Bacon looks pretty epic. Recipes here.

Or, Thanksgivukkah, if that’s your plan this year.

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Find all the recipes for BuzzFeed’s Thanksgivukkah spread here.

Seriously, create as much food as possible on Thanksgiving day.

So you can fill your plate to the brim…

19. … the best part of the best holiday ever.

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Thanksgiving eggs benedict! Recipe: here.

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