The Leftover Thanksgiving Recipes You Deserve

Better than heaven on earth.
11/25/2015 06:01am ET | Updated November 9, 2018

We can all let out a huge, collective sigh of relief because Thanksgiving dinner is behind us ― even if only by an hour or so. And if you or your guests are anything like us, they’re already hankering for some leftovers.

Now that the dishes have been washed and our families are beginning to shuffle out of our homes, we can relish in the fact that we have a fridge full of leftovers. And not just any leftovers, but Thanksgiving leftovers.

But don’t make the mistake of just heating them up in the microwave. While we can’t deny the pure joy that is a plate of leftovers, there are many amazing creations (besides sandwiches and soup) that can be made with turkey, stuffing, cranberries and gravy. We’re talking waffles, Pop Tarts and so much more. Look:

1
Thanksgiving Leftover Croque Madame
Half Baked Harvest
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2
One Pot Turkey Tetrazzini Recipe
Crunchy Creamy Sweet
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3
Thanksgiving Turkey Gumbo
HuffPost
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4
Curry Turkey Pot Pie
Foodie Crush
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5
Leftover Turkey Harvest Cobb Salad
SkinnyTaste
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6
Leftover Thanksgiving Casserole
Life Tastes Good
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7
Leftover Turkey Ratatouille Skillet with Herbed Dumplings
Climbing Grier Mountain
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8
Thanksgiving Turkey Hot Dish
Half Baked Harvest
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9
Turkey and Dumplings
Completely Delicious
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10
Turkey Cranberry Quesadilla
The Clever Carrot
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11
Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Pot Pie
Damn Delicious
12
Thanksgiving Tater Tots
Climbing Mount Grier
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13
Thanksgiving Leftover Breakfast Sandwich
How Sweet It Is
14
Roasted Butternut Squash Spinach Dip
How Sweet It Is
15
BLT Turkey Tacos with Cranberry Salsa
How Sweet It Is
16
Thanksgiving Pizza
The Gunny Sack
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17
Thanksgiving Leftover Pop Tarts
Kristin Guy, Dine X Design
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18
Roasted Turkey Potato Chip BLAT
How Sweet It Is
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19
One-Pot Cheesy Turkey Tamale Pie
Half Baked Harvest
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20
Turkey, Smashed Avocado, Cranberry, Brie And Mashed Potato Waffle Melts
Half Baked Harvest
21
Turkey Holiday Hash
Boulder Locavore
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22
Leftover Stuffing Waffles
Just A Taste
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23
Leftover Turkey Pot Pie With Cheddar Biscuits
Just A Taste
24
Leftover Turkey And Sweet Potato Frittata
Skinny Taste
25
Thanksgiving Leftover Stromboli
Pip & Ebby
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