Unique Takes on Thanksgiving Leftovers

Do you still have the leftovers from Thanksgiving and not sure what to do with them beyond the typical turkey sandwich? Here are some ideas:

Flip it

Bongo Room: Cranberry Pancake

Photo: Lauren Bosak

Continue the Thanksgiving feast right into the next morning. Start your day off right with cranberry pancakes. Take your favorite pancake recipe and sprinkle some berries into the batter of each pancake. Serve it with the remainder of your cranberry sauce.

Slurp it

Mmm... turkey dumplings

Photo: Jeffrey W

The classic dish of chicken and dumplings takes on a Thanksgiving twist with a turkey and stuffing dumpling soup. Mix your leftover stuffing with flour and eggs to form dumplings and make your favorite turkey soup.

Roll it

Vietnamese Rolls

Photo: Matthew Kenwrick

Go with a Vietnamese flair and roll up your leftovers into a Vietnamese spring roll. These typically use spring, but why not turkey? Add in some quick pickled carrots and cucumber, and a dipping sauce and you have a sweet and tangy light meal.

Fry It

(Sangria) Potato & Cheese Croquettes (1)

Photo: Hungry Dudes

Using your leftover mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes or yams, you can make a delicious croquette. Add in any leftover turkey, or other meats that you may have on hand. Whether you decide to fry or bake them, no one will know you’re using leftovers.

Drink it


Photo Sali Sasaki

What goes in a normal milkshake? Typically you have milk, ice cream and flavorings such as syrups and chocolate sauce. But what if you added a slice of pie into the mix? And if you’re feeling adventurous, add in a little bit of cranberry sauce for some extra tang. This works with any pie and is really easy.

Save it

Thanksgiving Leftover Stock

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Put the bones and skin from your turkey into a pot with celery, carrots, onions and various herbs and simmer for a couple of hours. You’ll end up with a perfect stock to be used in soups and sauces.

Looking for a few more unique ideas? The Guardian has a great list.

What are some of your favorite things to make with your leftovers?

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