We know you’ve been working hard and planning for this fall feast. We’re looking forward to the bountiful bowls of cranberry sauce, creamed potatoes, and silky gravy, too. We’re also looking forward to using the leftovers for these delicious Thanksgiving leftover recipes.
However, we’d be lying if we said we also don’t look forward to the Thanksgiving leftovers we can eat all weekend. Yes, Thanksgiving leftovers are great warmed up and served straight, but we also like being creative and finding new Thanksgiving leftover recipes. This year, we challenged our Meal Team to create a new crop of leftover recipes that use Thanksgiving foods, and boy, did they deliver.
Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes the Whole Family Will Love
We’ve got a wealth of ideas here for recipes for Thanksgiving leftovers. We went beyond ham and turkey to make sure we also feature ways to use up leftover potatoes (both sweet and white), leftover veggies, and even extra pecan pie. Thanksgiving dinner is certainly the highlight of the holiday, but we really think you’ll be impressed with these leftover recipes, too.
The recipes include:
– Cheesy Ham-and-Egg Breakfast Casserole
– Turkey, Sage, and Brie Slab Pie
– Mashed Potato Pancakes Eggs Benedict
– Turkey Sliders with Green Apple Slaw
– Cornbread Dressing Waffles with Turkey and Gravy
– Sweet Potato Pancakes
– Pecan Pie Cheesecake
There’s a little something for everyone here, regardless of the Thanksgiving favorites you love and can’t get enough of each year. We’ve managed to find ways to give life to almost every dish on the table.
Cheesy Ham-and-Egg Breakfast Casserole
The ham may have been one of the main events on Thanksgiving Day, but Cheesy Ham-and-Egg Breakfast Casserole will be the main event at Friday’s breakfast—and for good reasons. First, you can make this the night before so you don’t have to worry with getting up early to make a homemade breakfast for your remaining guests. Second, you’re using some of your leftovers ingredients and still making everyone happy with an all-new dish. Third, just add a big bowl of fruit, and everyone will happily recover from yesterday’s tryptophan coma with a heaping scoop of comforting breakfast.
Turkey, Sage, and Brie Slab Pie
We’re a little partial to this recipe, but we think this Turkey, Sage, and Brie Slab Pie may actually be better than the Turkey Day mains. We utilize leftover brie, turkey, cranberry sauce, and sage in this baking-sheet slab pie. To add a kick of tang, mix the cranberry sauce with whole-grain mustard, and paint it over the buttery puff pastry. We recommend adding spinach, but you could add any leftover veggies you have, like asparagus and peas.
Mashed Potato Pancakes Eggs Benedict
We know the day after Thanksgiving can be exhausting, so sleep in! Then, brunch like weekend champions with these Mashed Potato Pancakes Eggs Benedict. Leftover creamed or mashed potatoes can be a bit sticky by the next day, so use them to make crispy-creamy potato pancakes. We recommend serving with leftover ham and asparagus, but there’s no reason you can’t use any veggies or protein you have on hand. Brussels sprouts-chicken Eggs Benedict, anyone?
Turkey Sliders with Green Apple Slaw
Move over, leftover sandwiches. These Turkey Sliders with Green Apple Slaw are the new game in town. Yes, we know the sandwich is classic, but really, we think you’ll be convinced of mixing things up once you try one of these mini sandwiches. We add tang and crispy bite to turkey, cranberry sauce, and sweet rolls with a citrus dressed slaw with green apple slices. Serve with a side of roasted sweet potato fries or homemade chips. And keep an extra package of rolls on hand—you may find yourself whipping these up all weekend.
Cornbread Dressing Waffles with Turkey and Gravy
You probably didn’t think you’d be pulling out your waffle maker for cornbread dressing waffles, but you’ll regret not trying these if you don’t. We turned leftover Thanksgiving cornbread dressing into crispy Cornbread Dressing Waffles with Turkey and Gravy. They make an easy breakfast or brunch, or it’s just a fun way to get creative with your favorite Thanksgiving dishes for another round of leftovers.
Sweet Potato Pancakes
Sweet Potato Pancakes from leftover sweet potato casserole? No, this isn’t a dream. We figured out how to take the classic Thanksgiving side dish and thicken it to pouring consistency. Serve with maple syrup and toasted pecans. Or, if you have some leftover whipping cream, turn the mixer on high, and let that fluff while the pancakes cook. We’d also recommend stirring in a bit of powdered sugar and a sprinkle of cinnamon for a spicy-sweet topping.
Pecan Pie Cheesecake
The dessert buffet is long and intimidating, and at the end of the day, you can’t freeze many of the leftover sweets, especially pie. That’s why we took the creative spin on leftover Thanksgiving desserts and made a new one, one you can take to the office on Monday and dole out to your overstuffed coworkers.
However, when we tell you that you need to enjoy a slice yourself, we’re not kidding. This is seriously one of our favorite desserts of all time at the eMeals office, and we think you’ll be lucky if you’re able to save even a single slice once the rest of the family tries this Pecan Pie Cheesecake.
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