50+ Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas

posted by Andrea | 11/23/2016


Tomorrow is Thanksgiving!

And while I’m not trying to rush my most favorite holiday away, I know that by tomorrow evening, you could very well be stranded in your kitchen with piles and piles of delicious Thanksgiving leftovers, and no desire to spend hours in the kitchen dealing with them all.

So instead of letting them go to waste (or eating traditional Thanksgiving dinner every night for the next 2 weeks) I thought I’d share a bunch of simple recipes and ideas I use to repurpose our yummy Thanksgiving leftovers!

Also, I’d highly suggest roasting your turkey breast DOWN — it’s SO juicy and flavorful!

Leftover Punch or Juice

  • Freeze for smoothies
  • Make homemade Juice Pops
  • Freeze it in ice cube trays and use it to add flavor to other beverages later on, or use it too chill (without watering down) punch the next time you make it.

Leftover Soda

Leftover Fruit

Leftover Veggies

Leftover Potatoes

Leftover Stuffing

Leftover Chicken or Turkey

You can use chicken or turkey for any of the recipes listed below.

NOTE: here’s my amazing tip for shredding boatloads of leftover chicken or turkey in seconds!

Leftover Broth and/or Gravy

  • Use the broth in soups or stews
  • Use the gravy for hot chicken or turkey sandwiches as mentioned above.
  • Freeze it in 1 or 2 c. portions for easy use later

Leftover Rolls

Leftover Desserts

  • Eat them!
  • Make up some goodie bags for your guests or neighbors
  • Freeze them for later. (You’d be surprised how well baked goods freeze — even frosted cakes, cupcakes, brownies, bars, muffins, cookies, fudge, cream pies, etc.)


Hopefully this gives you a few creative ideas to use up some of your leftovers!

What are your favorite ways to repurpose Thanksgiving leftovers?


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  1. Robyn


    FYI-I freeze apple pies all the time! It works pre cooked or afterwards too!


  2. Chris


    We usually go back to my father-in-laws the next day and maybe even the next if there is food. We never have leftovers after that.


  3. Pamela S. Wade


    Sounds like some yummy ideas! Thanks! ~~Pam


  4. Cammy@TippyToeDiet


    Last year I discovered the joy of the turkey, cranberry relish, and cream cheese (or other soft cheese) sandwich. To me, it’s better than the main event. 🙂

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!


  5. Deni


    My Mom has always made a big pot of Turkey frame soup with the leftover turkey meat. It’s made just like old fashioned chicken and vegetable soup. She adds any leftover vegetables like butterbeans and corn. She puts several quarts in the freezer and there is plenty to go around. I’ve started making this soup as well, It’s my favorite soup! Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!


    Andrea Reply:

    sounds a lot like my chicken and rice soup — delicious!!