Turkey Salad with Cranberries, Apples, Kale and WalnutsThanksgiving leftovers. It’s both a love and hate affair.

Turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, corn, green bean casserole, stuffing and cranberry sauce.

So tasty on Thanksgiving Day. But after lingering in the fridge for days, we grow weary of their presence and just wish them gone.

So what is do with all those leftovers?

You could box them and send them home with your guests. Or you could embrace the challenge and perform Thanksgiving leftover makeovers. Turn those traditional dishes into completely new dishes that your family is sure to love.

Forget re-serving the Thanksgiving leftovers as the same old dish over and over. While we all love Thanksgiving sandwiches, one can only eat so many before they tiring of them.

Get creative. Soups. Chilies. Salads. Sandwiches. Just a few ways you can reinvent your Thanksgiving leftovers.

And if the tryptophan has your brain idled, check out these deliciously tasty 21 Thanksgiving leftover makeovers.

1 Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwich

Thanksgiving leftover makeovers: Photo from Home Made Interest: Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwich
Photo from Home Made Interest: Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwich

The Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwich from Home Made Interest gives a nice twist for using up a little of everything instead of just turkey.

2 Leftover Sweet Potato Mash Pancakes

Photo from The Flexitarian: Leftover Sweet Potato Mash Pancakes
Photo from The Flexitarian: Leftover Sweet Potato Mash Pancakes

The Flexitarian’s recipe for Leftover Sweet Potato Mash Pancakes turns sweet potato mash into tasty pancakes.

3 Turkey Pot Pie Soup

Photo from Foodie Crush: Turkey Pot Pie Soup
Photo from Foodie Crush: Turkey Pot Pie Soup

Disguise those leftovers and warm up with a hearty Turkey Pot Pie Soup from Foodie Crush.

4 Ham and Pineapple Fried Rice

Photo from The Modern Proper: Ham and Pineapple Fried Rice
Photo from The Modern Proper: Ham and Pineapple Fried Rice

No one will ever guess you used leftovers when you bring on the Asian flavors and use up your leftover ham in The Modern Proper’s Ham and Pineapple Fried Rice recipe.

5 Turkey Chili Recipe

Photo from Grits and Pinecones: Turkey Chili Recipe
Photo from Grits and Pinecones: Turkey Chili Recipe

Chop up leftover turkey into a hearty, meaty Turkey Chili Recipe from Grits and Pinecones.

6 Leftover Sweet Potato Hand Pies

Photo from Chef de Home: Leftover Sweet Potato Hand Pies
Photo from Chef de Home: Leftover Sweet Potato Hand Pies

Chef de Home’s recipe for Leftover Sweet Potato Hand Pies completely reworks leftover mashed sweet potatoes into a yummy dessert.

7 Thanksgiving Leftover Stuffed Egg Rolls and Cranberry Dipping Sauce

Photo from Cake N Knife's recipe for Thanksgiving Leftover Stuffed Egg Rolls and Cranberry Dipping Sauce
Photo from Cake N Knife’s recipe for Thanksgiving Leftover Stuffed Egg Rolls and Cranberry Dipping Sauce

Transform your favorite leftovers into Cake N Knife’s recipe for Thanksgiving Leftover Stuffed Egg Rolls and Cranberry Dipping Sauce.

8 Turkey Cobbler

Photo from Lisa G Cooks: Turkey Cobbler
Photo from Lisa G Cooks: Turkey Cobbler

Use up those leftover Thanksgiving veggies and turkey in Lisa G Cooks’ yummy Turkey Cobbler recipe

9 Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Ramen

Photo from The Woks of Life: Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Ramen
Photo from The Woks of Life: Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Ramen

Use of the small bits of leftover turkey in The Woks of Life delicious Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Ramen recipe.

10 Cheesy Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes

Photo from Just a Taste: Cheesy Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes
Photo from Just a Taste: Cheesy Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes

Just a Taste’s Cheesy Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes won’t have you thinking about the mashed potatoes from Thanksgiving. Serve with a side of sour cream or use as a base for appetizers.

11 Turkey, Brie and Cranberry Mustard Panini

 Just a Little Bit of Bacon: Turkey, Brie and Cranberry Mustard Panini
Just a Little Bit of Bacon: Turkey, Brie and Cranberry Mustard Panini

Yes, it’s a turkey sandwich. But it’s a very special turkey sandwich when you make Just a Little Bit of Bacon’s Turkey, Brie and Cranberry Mustard Panini.

12 Cranberry Pecan Stuffed Waffles

Photo from Kevin is Cooking: Cranberry Pecan Stuffed Waffles
Photo from Kevin is Cooking: Cranberry Pecan Stuffed Waffles

Make Kevin is Cooking’s Cranberry Pecan Stuffed Waffles recipe fresh or use leftover stuffing and cranberry sauce into a yummy waffle topped with turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy.

13 Fried Mashed Potato Balls

Photo from Spicy Southern Kitchen: Fried Mashed Potato Balls
Photo from Spicy Southern Kitchen: Fried Mashed Potato Balls

Spicy Southern Kitchen’s Fried Mashed Potato Balls turn leftover mashed potatoes into a crispy, yummy appetizer that you’re sure to love.

14 Leftover Turkey and Stuffing Stuffed Peppers

Photo from Delish: Leftover Turkey and Stuffing Stuffed Peppers
Photo from Delish: Leftover Turkey and Stuffing Stuffed Peppers

Forget the rice and stuff sweet bell peppers with turkey and stuffing in Delish’s Leftover Turkey and Stuffing Stuffed Peppers recipe.

15 One-Pot Cheesy Turkey Tamale Pie

Photo from Half Baked Harvest: One-Pot Cheesy Turkey Tamale Pie
Photo from Half Baked Harvest: One-Pot Cheesy Turkey Tamale Pie

Half Baked Harvest’s One-Pot Cheesy Turkey Tamale Pie turns leftovers into a tasty Mexican flavored treat.

16 Leftover Turkey Frittata

Photo from Diethood: Leftover Turkey Frittata
Photo from Diethood: Leftover Turkey Frittata

Breakfast is often forgotten when using up leftovers but Diethood’s scrumptious Leftover Turkey Frittata recipe remedies that mistake.

17 Cranberry-Oat Jam Bars

Photo from An Edible Mosaic: Cranberry-Oat Jame Bars
Photo from An Edible Mosaic: Cranberry-Oat Jame Bars

An Edible Mosaic’s Cranberry-Oat Jam Bars completely transform cranberry sauce into a beautiful dessert or breakfast.

18 Turkey and Cranberry BBQ Sauce Pizza

Photo from Recipe Runner: Turkey and Cranberry BBQ Sauce Pizza
Photo from Recipe Runner: Turkey and Cranberry BBQ Sauce Pizza

Serve up a pizza that is as beautiful as it is tasty with Recipe Runner Turkey and Cranberry BBQ Sauce Pizza recipe.

19 Homemade Gnocchi Made with Leftover Mashed Potatoes

Photo from The Art of Doing Stuff: Homemade Gnocchi Made with Leftover Mashed Potatoes
Photo from The Art of Doing Stuff: Homemade Gnocchi Made with Leftover Mashed Potatoes

Pasta is on the menu with The Art of Doing Stuff’s Homemade Gnocchi Made with Leftover Mashed Potatoes. For a twist, you can substitute mashed sweet potatoes for the mashed potatoes.

20 Turkey Stock

Photo from A Family Feast: Turkey Stock
Photo from A Family Feast: Turkey Stock

Use up leftover veggie scraps and the turkey carcass to make a flavorful turkey stock using A Family Feast’s Turkey Stock recipe.

21 Ham and Bean Soup

Photo from Go Go Go Gourmet: Ham and Bean Soup
Photo from Go Go Go Gourmet: Ham and Bean Soup

Go Go Go Gourmet’s Ham and Bean Soup recipe is a great way to use up leftover ham.

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