The guests are gone. The dishes are washed. Visions of Black Friday deals dance in your head. But there is still one hurdle that lingers, just like after every Thanksgiving:
What to do with the Thanksgiving leftovers?
Here are some of our favorite recipes that incorporate elements of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner so that you can turn those leftovers into something truly exciting and scrumptious:
One. These Turkey, Smashed Avocado, Cranberry, Brie and Mashed Potato Waffle Melts from Half Baked Harvest are a great way to use up several different Thanksgiving dishes! These flavors complement each other beautifully, and the surprising flavor of the waffle helps this dish take it up a notch.
Two. Why do we always make more mashed potatoes than we need? This Leftover Mashed Potato Quiche from Teacher By Day, Chef By Night, is the perfect solution to your leftover mashed potato problems! Stuffed with eggs, broccoli, and potatoes, this quiche is a family fave.
Three. Don’t just throw away the turkey drippings in the bottom of your pan! Put those drippings to good use by making this Turkey Root Vegetable Soup by The Roasted Root. Loaded with spices, this soup has tons of autumn flavors!
Four. If you’ve never had a Monte Cristo sandwich, this is the perfect time to try one! Using leftover turkey and cranberry sauce, this Turkey Cranberry Monte Cristo from Tracey’s Culinary Adventures gives a fun twist to the traditional Monte Cristo sandwich. It’s quick and simple, but definitely not lacking in taste!
Five. Another fabulous use for those mashed potatoes: Homemade Gnocchi! Gnocchi is a great alternative for pasta and can be served with marinara sauce, butter and Parmesan, and pesto sauce. Try this homemade gnocchi from The Art of Doing Stuff.
Six. Perhaps one of the more popular leftover Thanksgiving dishes is turkey pot pie. And rightfully so! Turkey pot pie is a great way to get through of all turkey and your leftover veggies! This turkey pot pie from Damn Delicious is a great recipe to follow!
This year, don’t make yet another turkey sandwich with your leftovers. Give your Thanksgiving dinner a second chance at stardom by using your leftovers in creative (and delicious!) ways.