4 recipes to upcycle your Thanksgiving leftovers 

Thanksgiving for two
Birds eye view of our little Thanksgiving. (P.S. All white wedding china was one of the best decisions I ever made!)

This Thanksgiving, MPR and I stayed home with our puppy who was recuperating from knee surgery. But just because it was only the two of us, we didn’t want to skimp on our Thanksgiving meal. We went all out with a full turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, crescent rolls, green beans, cranberry sauce, and gravy. We knew full well that this meant we’d end up with a ton of leftovers – but aren’t Thanksgiving leftovers the best part about Thanksgiving?

Instead of living off of turkey sandwiches for the next four days, we looked up some recipes to turn our leftovers into completely new dishes, and it was a great success. We used all the same ingredients, but never felt like we were eating the same meal twice. Here’s how we did it:

Thanksgiving in a blanket – recipe here

Thanksgiving leftovers in crescent rolls
What’s better than Thanksgiving sandwiches baked in crescent rolls?

Turkey wing dip – recipe here

Just swap chicken for turkey.

Turkey wing dip with Thanksgiving leftovers
Tasted just like a tailgate.

Turkey pot pie – recipe here

Goes great with a scoop of mashed potatoes and/or a slice of cranberry sauce!

Turkey pot pie with Thanksgiving leftovers
This was my favorite creation of them all – amazing.
Turkey pot pie with Thanksgiving turkey
That flaky crust!

Fried mashed potato balls – we made this one up!

Create small balls of stuffing, build a ball of mashed potatoes around them, coat in egg, flour, and bread crumbs, and then fry. They taste just like Italian rice balls (without the meat!)

Fried mashed potato balls
The prep station.
Thanksgiving leftovers: Fried mashed potato balls
Golden and delicious.
Fried mashed potato and stuffing balls from Thanksgiving

What’s your favorite way to eat Thanksgiving leftovers?


By caitlinrebecca

PR girl fueled by pop-punk, witty words and a hot cup of tea.

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