Ideas for what to do with your Thanksgiving leftovers

Ready the plastic containers for leftovers because Thanksgiving gatherings are expected to be smaller this year leaving more turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie for after the big meal.

In preparation for this increase in leftovers, checkout these recipes that put a creative spin on Thanksgiving classics.




Turkey sandwiches

No recipe needed for this one. Just pile on the cranberries and the stuffing and anything else you love with your turkey and you are set to go. Or grill it up in a panini press with this recipe for a Cuban style turkey sandwich.

Turkey fried rice

Leftover turkey can be given new life in fried rice.

Use cold rice and a large wok or deep pan to make this recipe.


Turkey noodle soup

During a cold and rainy November day, turkey soup may just be the leftover recipe out there.

Check out this 30-minute recipe.


Pumpkin pie smoothie

Take that leftover slice of pumpkin pie and turn it into a smoothie with unsweetened almond milk, Greek yogurt and nutmeg.

Try this recipe from Shape magazine.


Turkey pot pie

One way to use up leftover turkey — and any loose carrots and celery in the crisper drawer — is to cover it in a blanket of buttery pastry.

The Food Network offers a number of recipes including this one.

And remember, the more butter the better.

Cajun-style stew with andouille and turkey

Transform your leftover turkey into something new, entirely. This rich and spicy stew will give you all the energy you need to get through a holiday weekend with the in-laws.

Find the recipe from the Culinary Institute of America.

Turkey hash

When in doubt, put an egg on it. A hot skillet, some leftover potatoes and turkey make for a great Friday morning breakfast. And don’t forget the hot sauce.

Find the recipe for a turkey hash on Saveur.

Turkey Bolognese

If your taste buds have had it with all the traditional Thanksgiving flavors, try something Italian.

The Food Network’s Giada De Laurentiis has a recipe for turkey Bolognese. Her recipe favors the dark meat, if you have any left.


Turkey ramen 

Lots of people use leftover turkey to make soup. So why not make ramen?

Find the recipe for turkey ramen on Epicurious.


Stuffing Muffin

This recipe is perfect for the a few day after Thanksgiving when only a little stuffing, turkey, ham and spinach are left.

Throw it all into this stuffing muffin recipe.

Turkey Frittata

Within 20 minutes, a turkey frittata can become a reality with just a half-dozen eggs, turkey and a cast-iron pan.

Check out Food Network’s Thanksgiving spin on the frittata.

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