Thanksgiving Leftovers: 50 Totally Awesome Recipes

by Marla on November 17, 2012 · 38 comments

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Totally Awesome? Sure why not! My inner Valley Girl is telling me to tell you that these are completely genius ways to use up those Thanksgiving Leftovers.

We look forward with great anticipation for turkey day. When it finally rolls around we feast in gratitude. We eat until our bellies are full. Leftovers are great the first time around. After that tastebuds can tire from the monotony.

I have sourced these Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes from around the web ~ curated just for you so you know what to do with all of that food after the big day….

Thanksgiving Leftovers Pizza on

Appetizers/Lite Bites

No bite is too small to pack in a boost of Thanksgiving.


Start the day with Thanksgiving!


What’s totally awesome about pizza is that you can layer on all kinds of toppings ~ even your Thanksgiving leftovers.


A basic turkey burger becomes way more fabulous with Thanksgiving toppings.

Casseroles and Pies

Use up many ingredients at one time with a hearty, comfort food pie or casserole.

Thanksgiving Turkey Monte Cristo Sandwich on


Classic meets fabulous ~ pasta mingles perfectly with leftovers.

Sandwiches & Wraps

All kinds of fillings, spreads and fun in these wraps, sandwiches and pitas.

Thanksgiving Tostadas Two Ways on


Serve for brunch, lunch or dinner.

Soup & Chili

Classic, warm & comforting bowls of soup with a splash of  Thanksgiving thrown in.


Fun, playful twists with Southwest & Mexican flair.

Sweet Potato Casserole with Corn Flakes Topping | #Thanksgiving #glutenfree #holiday


All kinds of sweet treats can be made with sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and more! Dig in.

{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar November 17, 2012 at 8:00 am

What a fabulous round up! Now I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving being over!! haha


2 Marla November 17, 2012 at 8:07 am

Very cute Katrina :)


3 TidyMom November 17, 2012 at 8:34 am

ahhh, love all this Thanksgiving food in one place!!!

Thanks for the turkey love on my sandwiches Marla!
Have a great Turkey day!


4 Marla November 17, 2012 at 4:41 pm

You too Cheryl….love the look of your Caesar sandwiches. Great idea!


5 Laura (Tutti Dolci) November 17, 2012 at 9:17 am

What a great round-up, this actually makes me look forward to leftovers!


6 Averie @ Averie Cooks November 17, 2012 at 10:29 am

Fabulous roundup! Will be linking this up with a post of mine going live in the a.m.

Hope you’re doing great and a very Happy TG to you and the fam! :)


7 Marla November 17, 2012 at 11:25 am

Oh great Averie! Can’t wait to see your post tomorrow. Hope you are all doing great too. Can’t wait to read up on your Barbados adventures :)


8 Corrine November 17, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Great post, Marla! Thank you for including my French toast recipe. Happy Thanksgiving!


9 Marla November 17, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Corrine, you are so welcome. Your french toast looks amazing!


10 kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts November 17, 2012 at 2:53 pm

I’ve bookmarked this post to refer to again and again. I’m such a leftover fan, I appreciate all your work ferreting out the good stuff! Thank you!


11 Marla November 17, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Thanks Kirsten. I had a great time gathering all of these creative recipes for all of us!


12 Denise Browning November 17, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Hi, Marla! Thanks for having included my Turkey Pot Pie among your 50 totally awesome Thanksgiving leftovers recipes.
You have a beautiful blog full of yummy recipes. I am glad that one of mine is here. Have a very happy Thaksgiving!!!


13 Marla November 17, 2012 at 9:08 pm

You are so welcome Denise. Your pot pie looks wonderful, my pleasure to include it here. Have a great Thanksgiving!


14 Elizabeth November 17, 2012 at 9:20 pm

This is such a great list! I’m going to keep it handy for all those TG leftovers next week. Thanks for adding my bread pudding!


15 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl November 18, 2012 at 5:10 am

Turkey Pho- why haven’t I thought of that?!


16 Marla November 18, 2012 at 6:19 am

I don’t know Liz ~ I had never thought of that either. Now I need Turkey Pho in my life asap…


17 Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama November 18, 2012 at 5:52 am

What a great round up of leftover recipes ideas. LOVED this post. Also huge thanks for sharing my Harvest Bread! XO -Carrie


18 Michelle @ Eat Move Balance November 18, 2012 at 6:10 am

Thanks! Great list of some creative ideas for our leftovers! :)


19 Christian Rene Friborg November 18, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Thanks for this! We ALWAYS get a lot of leftovers, and it’s great to just have a list to check on what to do with them.


20 Maria November 19, 2012 at 6:17 am

Great round up! Thanks for including our muffins!


21 Bree November 19, 2012 at 8:12 am

Great collection of creative ideas!


22 HeatherChristo November 19, 2012 at 8:26 am

You can bet that I will be coming here on Friday!


23 susan November 19, 2012 at 10:13 am

After reading that, I am hungry!


24 Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen November 19, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Makes me wish I was hosting Thanksgiving after all! I’m going to have to try some of them anyways…I’m craving that Monte Cristo of yours!


25 Cookin' Canuck November 19, 2012 at 8:14 pm

That is a totally awesome list! Thanks so much for including my tortellini recipe.


26 Marla November 20, 2012 at 4:46 am

You are so welcome Dara ~ your tortellini looks great!


27 JulieD November 19, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Wow what a list! I love this and your photography!! And that chalkboard graphic of yours…so cute!!


28 Marla November 20, 2012 at 4:45 am

Thanks Julie! I had fun with that chalkboard :)


29 Carlas Confections November 20, 2012 at 9:36 am

I really love all your round up of recipes! You really put a lot of work into them. I know how hard they can be. But it is so great to get all of these ideas of what you can do :) Cant wait to make some of these with the leftovers!!


30 Jackie @ The Beeroness November 20, 2012 at 10:11 am

Marla, this is totally amazing. Pinning this immediately.


31 Marla November 20, 2012 at 11:31 am

Thanks for the pin love Jackie!


32 Kate@Diethood November 21, 2012 at 5:26 am

That Monte Cristo looks incredible! That’s what I am going to do with my leftovers! :)


33 Carole@TootSweet4Two November 21, 2012 at 11:47 am

Wow, Marla! This is a totally awesome way to “share the love”! Thanks for all of the inspiring ideas. I look forward to trying all of them at some point! Great job!


34 Marla November 21, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Thanks so much ~ glad you like the round up Carole.


35 Deborah November 21, 2012 at 9:30 pm

The leftovers are one of my favorite parts about Thanksgiving! Love this round up and have found many recipes I want to make. And thanks for the link love!


36 Tess @ Tips on Healthy Living November 18, 2013 at 10:40 am

These recipes look like much more fun (and delicious) than a turkey sandwich. Thanks for sharing!


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