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21 Genius Ways You Should Absolutely Be Using Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

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1. Thanksgiving Leftovers Panini

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Load up your favorite bread with butter, leftover sliced turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and your favorite kind of cheese and warm it all up in a panini press. Make sure to leave some extra gravy for dipping. Get the recipe.

2. Leftover Turkey Shepherd's Pie

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When life hands you leftover turkey and mashed potato, make this post-Thanksgiving comfort food. Get the recipe.


4. Breakfast Stuffing Cakes

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Post-Thanksgiving breakfast has some big shoes to fill. These easy breakfast cakes come together with just three ingredients: Leftover stuffing, eggs, and cheese. Serve them plain or topped with anything from sliced avocado to fried eggs. Get the recipe.

5. Thanksgiving Leftovers Lasagna

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The best past about this "lasagna" is you can layer it with any leftovers from your holiday table like Brussels sprouts, mashed sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, turkey, and stuffing. A healthy serving of leftover gravy makes this dish moist and delicious. Get the recipe.

6. Thanksgiving Leftovers Stromboli

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Roll up all your favorite Thanksgiving dishes in store-bought pizza dough. Pop it into the oven for 30 minutes and prepare for a masterpiece. Get the recipe.

7. Turkey and Stuffing Muffins

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This perfectly portioned stuffing muffins couldn't be easier. Just mix together extra turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy with a few eggs and some chicken stock and bake until golden brown. Get the recipe.


8. Leftover Turkey, Cranberry, and Almond Salad

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Your family never had a shot at making a dent in that 20 pound turkey. Put the leftovers to good use with this sweet and tangy turkey salad. Get the recipe.

10. Thanksgiving Deep Dish Pizza

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Start with store-bought puff pastry crust and fill it with shredded turkey, mashed potatoes, and really anything else you put on your holiday table like green bean casserole, creamed corn, and stuffing. Get the recipe.

11. Leftover Turkey and Noodle Casserole

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What happens when you combine pot pie, noodle casserole, and Tshanksgiving dinner into one? This droolworthy, crispy-on-the-outside-creamy-on-the-inside dish. Get the recipe.


13. Leftover Mashed Potato Croquettes

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Load up your leftover mashed potatoes with bacon, cheddar cheese, green onions, and spices. Then bread them in panko and bake them until gooey and crispy. Get the recipe.

15. Turkey Pot Pie Soup

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This rich and indulgent soup is made with shredded turkey, tons of veggies, potatoes, chicken broth, and heavy cream. Do the right thing and top your bowl with some leftover stuffing. Get the recipe.


16. Turkey, Cranberry, and Brie Egg Rolls

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If you still have a crowd to feed after Thanksgiving dinner, these easy egg rolls are a foolproof party pleaser. Just wait until they try the cranberry mustard dipping sauce. Get the recipe.

17. Leftover Turkey Nachos

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Start with tortilla chips, add leftover shredded turkey and any of your favorite nacho toppings. There are no rules here. Get the recipe.

18. Eggs Baked in Stuffing


This breakfast may seem fancy, but it's insanely simple to make. Just fill a few ramekins with leftover stuffing, crack an egg into each, and drizzle them with cream, salt, pepper, and Parmesan cheese. Then bake them in the oven until the yolks are set. Get the recipe.