You’ve already eaten several plates full of Thanksgiving deliciousness and you still have lots of leftovers. What are you supposed to do?
The answer is obvious, isn’t it? Load up on leftovers. Instead of eating the same meal five times in a row, try some of these tried-and-true Thanksgiving leftovers — the ones that your family will be talking about year after year.
Thanksgiving Leftover Pilgrim Sandwich via Favorite Family Recipes
Try a classic variation of your tasty cooking by making it into a sandwich! The cream cheese keeps it creamy and moist and the cranberry gives it that little bit of sweetness you crave. Heap on your turkey and some greens, and try getting creative with some potatoes or stuffing. This classic Thanksgiving leftover will keep your family full for days after the holiday. If you have some extra rolls on hand, well then you’re on a roll!
Leftover Thanksgiving Panini via Food Network
If you’re out of rolls or tired of the same Thanksgiving flavors, try out this delicious hot sandwich recipe. With a nice dollop of mustard and slices of smoked Swiss cheese, you’ll be sure to give your tongue a variety of flavor while still eating the same delicious turkey you slaved over on Thanksgiving day. Even better, this sandwich comes out hot from the panini press, which makes it great for a chilly November day. Photo Cred
Turkey Cranberry Grilled Cheese via Damn Delicious
You bought and opened an entire can of cranberries or cranberry sauce and despite what you do, there is somehow always so much left over. Don’t waste it! Instead, eat, drink, and cranberry. This delicious fruit spread can revolutionize your cooking. If you don’t believe us, start with a classic: the grilled cheese.
Use your favorite cheeses — we’re personally fans of a good pepper jack cheese — and then add a smear of cranberry sauce. The sandwich comes out as a warm mix of sweet and salty (or spicy if you used pepper jack!). Get creative as the days pass Thanksgiving, and you’ll find an empty fridge instead of empty stomachs in no time.
Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup via Culinary Hill
Thanksgiving is one of the most fun — and potentially one of the most stressful — holidays of the year. High expectations are set for the feast and none are higher than those for the turkey. Smokey, fried, baked, or brined, the turkey has millions of people experimenting in order to create the best one for their table and tastes. And after all that hard work, many people end up losing out on an amazing second meal: Turkey Noodle Soup!
Use your turkey carcass that you so lovingly doted on the day(s) of/before Thanksgiving and turn its amazing flavor into a delicious winter soup. With the meat and bones, you can create a fantastic turkey stock, add a few veggies and noodles and boom — you’ve got yourself a classic, delicious soup.
Creamy, Rich Leftover Turkey Soup via Mel’s Kitchen Cafe
If turkey noodle soup for your soul isn’t your thing, then consider another cold-weather classic: a creamy, dairy-rich soup. With this recipe, you’ll take the same tasty foods you had for Thanksgiving but combine them with some cream and slow cooking. The resulting soup is rich, heavenly, and will definitely fill you up on a cold winter day. Get the leftovers out of your fridge and into your stomach!
Leftover Turkey Soup Recipe with Orzo and Spinach via Diethood
If you’re feeling a little non-traditional or maybe you live in a warmer area, there are still great options for some of your leftover turkey after Thanksgiving. Using this tomato-based recipe with orzo and spinach is a great way to use those leftovers while also creating a delicious meal for your family! It’s loaded with flavor and while it uses a lot of your leftover foods from the holiday, it also gives enough of a different flavor that your family will hardly notice that it’s leftover! Try this soup if your family tends to tire quickly of the Thanksgiving foods.
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