Makeovers for Thanksgiving Leftovers
We're not saying you have to give up the beloved leftover turkey sandwich, but why not explore a few new ways to enjoy your Thanksgiving leftovers? These recipes give the actual turkey day feast a run for its money.
Pretty much anything goes in this catch-all cobbler. We made ours with ham, sweet peas, mushrooms, carrots, and a flaky piecrust. Feel free to add other veggies, or try turkey instead.
- Recipe: Ham-and-Vegetable Cobbler
Transform your leftover Thanksgiving turkey into a fiesta of a meal with these tostadas. A few add-ins kick up the spice of your cranberry sauce to round out the Tex-Mex combination of veggies, turkey, and cheese.
There's no need to make a post-Thanksgiving grocery run for this meal. Use up not just turkey but also mashed potatoes, green beans, pie crust dough, and gravy in these tasty small pies.
- Recipe: Savory Hand Pies
Leftover sweet potatoes are the sauce of this turkey pizza. It's far from Thanksgiving dinner in a different form, though; shiitake mushrooms, red onion, cheese, and Italian spices ensure a distinctly delicious flavor.
- Recipe: Harvest Pizza
Freshen up your turkey meal with this simple salad. Cornbread dressing becomes flavorful croutons; toss them with greens, an oil-and-vinegar dressing, turkey, and cranberry sauce for a delightful light meal.
- Recipe: Thanksgiving Salad
Make this rich and creamy casserole with leftover turkey, and either eat it that night or freeze it for a busier day. Mushroom soup and a jar of Alfredo sauce jump-start the recipe, and crushed seasoned croutons form a flavorful topping.
- Recipe: Turkey Tetrazzini
Stack leftover sliced turkey with cheese and other toppings on a fresh sourdough loaf to make four sandwiches in one. You can substitute whatever you have on hand, including Muenster or Swiss cheese for Havarti and cranberry sauce in place of bell peppers and vinaigrette.
If you have leftover smoked turkey, hold the mayo! This is still your iconic day-after sandwich, but with a better spread (fig paste!) and toasted ciabatta.
If you find yourself with leftover baked ham, turn it into this flavorful pita salad! The range of ingredients - from honey mustard to diced apples - will leave your tastebuds happy.
- Recipe: Ham Waldorf Salad
If your sweet potato casserole is very sweet, omit the brown sugar in the pancakes. Does yours come with a marshmallow topping? Even better. Simply stir it into your sweet potatoes, and make the recipe as directed.
Recipe: Sweet Potato Casserole Hotcakes
A smart way to repurpose sweet potato casserole, this hearty soup drew rave reviews in our Test Kitchen. If your casserole contains marshmallows, remove them before stirring the casserole into this soup. The flavor will vary depending on your casserole recipe; simply adjust salt and pepper to taste before serving.
Recipe: Sausage-and-Sweet Potato Soup
The fragrant flavors in this refreshing tonic of a soup are the antidote to a rich Thanksgiving feast. For a heartier spin, serve it over rice or noodles. Can't find fresh lemongrass in the produce section of your supermarket? Try our version that uses Thai ginger-infused chicken broth instead.
Recipe: Lemongrass-Turkey Soup