But, after all good things… then comes the aftermath. The cleaning. The dishes. The leftovers.
Despite my best planning, I always end up having plenty to spare after a Thanksgiving meal (a lot of this is due to me wanting to ensure that my guests have plenty of leftovers to take home).
15 Delicious Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes
In the same boat? Are you looking for creative ways to repurpose a dish or new uses for turkey besides a sandwich?
I've rounded up a little bit of everything on this list of 15 great Thanksgiving leftovers ideas to help you use up the last of those tasty dishes from the big day!
So come on, y'all – let's bring new life to those Thanksgiving leftovers!
Check Out The Recipes:
I love me some Shepherd's Pie any day so being able to make it with leftovers from the fridge? BONUS.
Fancy ass name. Delicious ass side dish (or main dish – I DON'T JUDGE).
Another of my favorite fall or winter dishes. And again, using up leftovers to make it is like, The Best.
Deep frying isn't just for summer fair food anymore! If you can deep fry – you should. A M A Z I N G.
One complaint a lot of people have regarding Thanksgiving leftovers is that they can tend to taste a little bland after a while.
Heat up the flavors with some pesto and jalapeno!
Chili is IT for fall and football season.
Toss it all in a Dutch oven or a crock pot and enjoy your long sports balls weekend.
I don't know what my favorite thing about this is – the cheesy or the hashbrown.
It's like they know what my face mouth loves best!
You will be the classiest MFer out there if you throw together these turkey sushi rolls for your guests.
This was a classic Thanksgiving leftovers dish at my house growing up.
It's wildly easy to make and using every last bit of that turkey.
Dressing is Southern for stuffing on Thanksgiving and it's more of a sandwich filler (ala chicken salad sandwich) after.
This would also be really tasty on leftover mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes.
I hate, HATE having to cook any meals after The Big Feast over Thanksgiving weekend.
Casseroles to the rescue – use up the leftovers AND get to chill on the couch binge-watching Amazon Prime Videos.
Again with the flavor!
Spice up a “taco bowl” with cranberries for an acid zing and some fall color.
I am not a fan of biscuits because I think that are a bit dry and bland. But y'all – THESE are bank.
The sweet potatoes add much need moisture and flavor to a typically flat wad of dough.
Helllooooo… Black Friday breakfast.
Dump everything together the night before and pop it in the oven the next morning (or noon, if you shop 'til you drop like I do).
I mean, I didn't promise you that I wouldn't include ONE turkey leftovers sandwich.
Because y'all – TURKEY LEFTOVERS SANDWICH. It wouldn't be post-Thanksgiving without one.