It’s the day after Thanksgiving and, being the gracious and well-prepared host you were, you have a fridge full of leftovers. While those
easy side dishes and the turkey you prepped the day before are perfectly good heated up on a plate, or even eaten cold, straight out of the tupperware, many of our best Thanksgiving recipes can also double as a new dish the following day. Turn your mashed potatoes into fudge brownies, or use your leftover turkey for a bubbly, cheesy casserole. Never fear you’ve made too much food for your feast, because with our best Thanksgiving leftover recipes, you can make Thanksgiving the holiday that keeps on giving.
And if you have roasted broccoli or Brussels sprouts, throw those in too. Because tetrazzini never goes out of style.
This cheesy, creamy dish originated at a Sanborns cafe in Mexico City in 1950. Its name, “Swiss enchiladas,” alludes to its copious use of dairy.
Get the recipe for Chicken Enchiladas in Tomatillo-Cream Sauce (Enchiladas Suizas) »
Just replace the shredded chicken with turkey.
Let’s say, hypothetically, that you drank too much last night. This comforting porridge is how to fix it.
Turkey a little dry? Drown it in cheese sauce.
Roast or sauté extra squash over the weekend (butternut or calabaza are perfect) to make quick weeknight work of this garlicky, spicy pumpkin soup.
This spicy take on your leftover squash makes a quick weeknight meal.
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, and herbs.
Get the recipe for Todd’s Turkey Hash »
Practically ready as soon as you roll out of bed.
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 »
Because the only thing better than a regular pancake is a pumpkin pancake.
Salvadoran Turkey Sandwich (Panes con Pavo)
Make this slightly spicy sandwich if you want something that tastes
nothing like Thanksgiving.
Apple Cider Levain Loaf
This is a great way to use up leftover apple cider and cranberries.
Pumpkin Bread (Fein Tau Weiyema)
Use leftover butternut, acorn, or pumpkin squash purée.
It comes together in a snap.
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 »
Even better when your dessert is upside down.
In this cocktail from Jeffrey Morgenthaler of Portland, Oregon’s Clyde Common restaurant, bright, tart cranberry preserves beautifully balance the rich caramel flavor of bourbon.
Leftover cranberry sauce works wonders in a festive bourbon cocktail.
This Iowa-style noodles dish is a carb-lovers paradise: Creamy mashed potatoes, tender hand-made noodles, warm brown gravy.
Get the recipe for Noodles and Gravy »
This is pure Midwestern comfort food.
The unexpected addition of mashed potatoes adds an exceptional creaminess to dark chocolate fudge in this recipe adapted from Patty Pinner’s cookbook
Sweets. Get the recipe for Mashed Potato Fudge »
Your mashed potatoes will go from savory to sweet in an instant.
A healthy dose of celery seeds and sharp Dijon mustard add a kick to this mashed potato and egg salad.
Get the recipe for Jude’s Perfect Potato Salad »
This concoction is the perfect lunch for the day after Thanksgiving.
Pope John Paul loved it and you will too!
Get the recipe for Butternut Squash and Smoked Mozzarella Pizza »
This is a tasty way to use up leftover squash.