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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.

Make turkey pasta

"Simple

Turkey Tetrazzini

Turkey Tetrazzini

And if you have roasted broccoli or Brussels sprouts, throw those in too. Because tetrazzini never goes out of style.

Or cheesy turkey enchiladas

"Chicken

Chicken Enchiladas in Tomatillo-Cream Sauce (Enchiladas Suizas)

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.

Whip up some congee

"Turkey

Turkey Congee

Turkey Congee

Let’s say, hypothetically, that you drank too much last night. This comforting porridge is how to fix it.

Have yourself a hot brown

"Hot

Turkey a little dry? Drown it in cheese sauce.

Whip up a pumpkin soup

"Caribbean

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.

This spicy take on your leftover squash makes a quick weeknight meal.

Start your morning with a hash

"Todd's

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, and herbs. Get the recipe for Todd’s Turkey Hash »

Practically ready as soon as you roll out of bed.

Or start it with pancakes

"Shopsin's

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 »

Because the only thing better than a regular pancake is a pumpkin pancake.

Do a turkey sandwich the Salvadoran way

"Salvadoran

Salvadoran Turkey Sandwich (Panes con Pavo)

Salvadoran Turkey Sandwich (Panes con Pavo)

Make this slightly spicy sandwich if you want something that tastes nothing like Thanksgiving.

Make a bread with your cranberries

"Apple

Apple Cider Levain Loaf

Apple Cider Levain Loaf

This is a great way to use up leftover apple cider and cranberries.

Or make a bread with your pumpkin

"Pumpkin

Pumpkin Bread (Fein Tau Weiyema)

Pumpkin Bread (Fein Tau Weiyema)

Use leftover butternut, acorn, or pumpkin squash purée.

Throw it all in a soup pot

"Strongbow

It comes together in a snap.

Make a dessert

"Apple

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 »

Even better when your dessert is upside down.

De-stress with a drink

"Kentucky

Kentucky Christmas

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.

Don’t forget about the leftover gravy

"Noodles

Noodles and Gravy

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.

Transform Your Mashed Potatoes Into Brownies

"[Mashed

Mashed Potato Fudge

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.

Mash Your Potatoes Into A Salad

"Jude's

Jude’s Perfect Potato Salad

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.

Sprinkle Squash On Your Pizza

This is a tasty way to use up leftover squash.

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