9 Ways to Elevate Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

That first plate of leftovers the next day is generally perfect as is. But if you’ve got multiple plates and days to work through, you might want to reinvent your leftovers a bit to keep it interesting. And if you love kitchen shortcuts and hate food waste as much as we do, please see our ideas for putting that turkey (and much more) to good use.

9 Ways to Elevate Your Thanksgiving Leftovers
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9 Ways to Elevate Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

9 Ways to Elevate
Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

That first plate of leftovers the next day is generally perfect as is. But if you’ve got multiple plates and days to work through, you might want to reinvent your leftovers a bit to keep it interesting. And if you love kitchen shortcuts and hate food waste as much as we do, please see our ideas for putting that turkey (and much more) to good use.

Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes
  • Stuffed Turkey Burgers

    Stuffed Turkey Burgers

    All the flavors of Thanksgiving—in a burger. Pair with some baked sweet potato or butternut squash “fries.”

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  • Turkey Pho

    Turkey Pho

    A delicately spiced broth finished with lots of fresh herbs works wonders on leftover turkey.

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  • Mole Sauce

    Mole Sauce

    Adapted from OG goop contributor Lee Gross, who transforms leftovers like no one else. This mole sauce has a lot of ingredients, but it will make for incredible turkey tacos.

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  • Turkey Reuben

    Turkey Reuben

    The leftover sandwich is delicious, if a tad predictable. An open-faced turkey Reuben? Now we’re talking.

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  • Cranberry Tartines

    Cranberry Tartines

    Homemade cranberry sauce has a lot of untapped potential for cheese pairings—these tartines are a great start.

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  • Mashed Potato Dumplings

    Mashed Potato Dumplings

    Don’t worry if these break up a bit as they cook; it will make your broth delightfully thick and creamy.

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  • Pressure Cooker Turkey Stock

    Pressure Cooker Turkey Stock

    The pressure cooker makes a super concentrated turkey stock quickly and effortlessly. From there you can make soups, risottos, and so much more.

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  • Bubble and Squeak

    Bubble and Squeak

    Bubble and squeak, a classic English dish designed to use up leftover veggies from a Sunday roast, is an excellent way to use leftover Thanksgiving veggies (and mashed potatoes). The trick is to use a small nonstick pan, then wait for super brown, crispy edges before attempting the flip.

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  • Stuffing Waffle

    Stuffing Waffle

    Two words: crispy corners.

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