5 Unique Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes

Thanksgiving is gone but the leftover turkey, stuffing, and potatoes (sweet and mashed) aren’t. You can rescue your family from he thanksgiving leftover blues by reinvigorating that turkey, stuffing, potatoes and other Thanksgiving leftovers into new meals, including donuts!

Collage of Thanksgiving leftover recipes.

1. Stuffing Donuts from Thanksgiving Leftovers

Donuts made out of Thanksgiving leftovers stuffing on a plate with cranberry jam

These stuffing donuts from Genius Kitchen look delicious and make a hearty savory breakfast. This recipe is a simple and quick way to use up those Thanksgiving leftovers. Add a cranberry drizzle, you’ll kill two leftover birds with one stone.

2. Use up Thanksgiving Leftovers with Turkey Enchiladas

Delicious Thanksgiving leftover turkey enchiladas covered in cheese with cilantro in a baking dish.

Take your Thanksgiving leftovers in a different direction with these filling turkey enchiladas from Crem-De-La-Crem. These leftover turkey enchiladas cook up in 30 minutes and are a perfect way to use up those Thanksgiving leftovers and feed those hungry house guests who are still hanging around.

3. MoreThanksgiving Leftover Donuts … Mashed Potato Donuts

Pile of donuts made with mashed potatoes on a place covered in sugar.

Unfortunately in my home leftover mashed potatoes are never a thing, that’s as foreign here as leftover bacon. If we did have leftover mashed potatoes I’d definitely try these mashed potato donuts from Taste of Home.

4. Sweet Potato Pancakes

Stack of Thanksgiving leftovers sweet potato pancakes, with syrup being poured on them and a glass of orange juice on the side.

Yay breakfast!!! Who knew there were so many ways to use those Thanksgiving leftovers for breakfast. Want some more sweets to serve with those donuts? Check out these leftover sweet potato pancakes from Serious Eats.

5. Bone Broth and Soups from your Thanksgiving Leftover Turkey

Bowl of Thanksgiving leftovers turkey soup with spoon and rolls.

Bone broth is the best way to use up the “unusable” parts of your leftover Thanksgiving turkey. It’s super simple to make. Submerge your turkey carcass into a large pot of salted water then place the pot on the stove, next add a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar, bring the mixture to a boil and reduce to a simmer for a few hours until it’s reduced and the bones are soft. Next, strain the liquid and use it immediately to make soup or store it in the fridge or freezer for later. Once you have this amazingly nutritious bone broth it’s time to make soup! You can use your turkey bone broth in place of chicken in my chicken soup recipe.

Hopefully, these give you some ideas of how to use up those Thanksgiving leftovers without boring your guests and family. Do you have more ideas for using up those Thanksgiving leftovers? Share them in the comments below!

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