Thanksgiving Leftovers

Here’s a number of ideas for how to use your leftover holiday fixings, from turkey sandwiches to pumpkin couscous.

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The Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite estimates that it serves about 45 gallons of soup at every seating of the annual Bracebridge Dinner. See the recipe Arthur Meehan
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See the Recipe André Baranowski
Shepherd’s pie gets its name from the romantic notion that it was eaten by shepherds in the north of England long ago! We decided to make ours with lamb, keeping the spirit of the idea. See the recipe for Shepherd’s Pie

Collards with Smoked Turkey Wings

Regular turkey wings are a fine substitute for smoked in this recipe for hearty collard greens. See the recipe for Collard Greens with Smoked Turkey Wings »

Turkey Tetrazzini

This cheesy, pea-studded noodle casserole is a great way to use up leftover Thanksgiving turkey.

Panes con Pavo (Salvadoran Turkey Sandwich)

Poultry features in the Panes con Pavo, from El Salvador, with its beer-braised turkey filling.
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See the Recipe Christopher Boas
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See the Recipe Evan Sklar
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See the Recipe André Baranowski

Monte Cristo

People have strong opinions about the Monte Cristo sandwich, a double-decker of Swiss cheese, ham, and chicken or turkey, battered, fried, and dusted with confectioners’ sugar, served with jelly on the side. Some consider it a marvel; others, an absurdity. Try it with cranberry sauce!

Hot Brown

Hot, rich, and delicious, this is a decadent way to use up leftover turkey and relieve all the comfort of Thanksgiving dinner. Get the recipe for Hot Brown »

Apple and Cranberry Upside-Down Cakes

If you find yourself with a surplus of fresh cranberries, these elegant cakes are the perfect solution. They can be cooked in individual miniature pans, or in a single skillet for convenience. Get the recipe for Apple and Cranberry Upside-Down Cakes »

Sweet Potato Bread Pudding

A Cajun-inspired dessert comes from the home of Marcia Ball, blues singer and piano player.

Light Mussel and Pumpkin Soup

Don’t try to make this elegant soup with Halloween pumpkins. Instead, try kabocha squash, or Cinderella or cheese pumpkins, often available in autumn at farm stands and specialty markets. See the recipe for Light Mussel and Pumpkin Soup »
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Strongbow Inn’s Turkey Noodle Soup

Tender, hand-cut noodles are a hallmark of this delicious from-scratch soup. See the recipe for Strongbow Inn’s Turkey Noodle Soup

Shopsin’s Pumpkin Pancakes

Chef Kenny Shopsin serves this popular breakfast dish at his much-loved namesake restaurant in New York City’s Essex Street Market. Get the recipe for Shopsin’s Pumpkin Pancakes »

Salata Adas (Garlicky Lentil Salad)

This light, Lebanese lentil salad is flavored with lemon juice, cumin, allspice, and parsley.

The Dagwood

Take inspiration from the comic strip “Blondie” to make your own catchall sandwich with goods from the Thanksgiving table like greens, turkey, cheese, cranberry sauce, and more. See the recipe for The Dagwood »

Elena Ruz

Commonly served during merienda (afternoon tea) in Cuba, this sandwich of turkey, jam, and cream cheese on a roll is sweet and savory all in one. Try substituting leftover cranberry sauce for the strawberry jam.

Butternut Squash Ravioli with Oregano-Hazelnut Pesto

Basil and oregano add herbal brightness to butternut squash, browned butter, and hazelnuts in a sweet-savory pasta dish. Get the recipe for Butternut Squash Ravioli with Oregano-Hazelnut Pesto »

Bubble and Squeak

A hearty vegetable hash couldn’t be more perfect for using up Thanksgiving leftovers, including mashed potatoes.

Winter Squash and Apple Soup

A garnish of fried mushrooms and a drizzle of spiced mint butter adds elegance to a simple pureed vegetable soup.

Seasonal Squash Tart

Get creative with the topping for this tart, which will help to really stretch leftover squash and other vegetables. Store-bought puff pastry makes a simple dish even simpler. Get the recipe for Seasonal Squash Tart »
Arugula forms a peppery base of this squash salad and spiced sweet pecans add a layer of crunch.

Apple Cider Levain Loaf

Apple Cider Levain Loaf

Pumpkin Bread (Fein Tau Weiyema)

Pumpkin Bread (Fein Tau Weiyema)

Todd’s Turkey Hash

This hearty breakfast dish is perfect for the morning after Thanksgiving. It uses up leftover cooked turkey as well as Thanksgiving pantry ingredients you may not have used up the day before, like cream, stock (feel free to use turkey stock in place of chicken), and herbs. Get the recipe for Todd’s Turkey Hash »

Caribbean Pumpkin Soup

Roast or sauté extra squash over the weekend (butternut or calabaza are perfect) to make quick weeknight work of this garlicky, spicy pumpkin soup.