Dressing Up Thanksgiving Leftovers

by in Thanksgiving, November 23, 2012

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Turkey Day leftovers are good on their own, but you can also transform them into something magnificent. Check out our easy, mouthwatering ideas for dressing up your Thanksgiving leftovers.


Use the turkey carcass, leftover dark meat and even leftover veggie sides to whip up this deliciously warming soup.
Recipe:Next Day Turkey Soup

Leftover turkey breast combines with beans, chili peppers, and jack cheese makes a mean chili.
Recipe:  Leftover Turkey Chili

Make a delish panini using turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce.
Recipe: Turkey, Dressing, and Cranberry Panini

Combine chunks of leftover turkey with celery, apple, grapes and pecans for a main-dish salad or light lunch.
Recipe: Waldorf Salad.

Mashed Potatoes
Leftover mashed potatoes create the most scrumptious potato cakes (shown here in Giada’s recipe), croquettes, or use them for a Shepherd’s pie. Want something cozy? Reheat them with chicken or vegetable broth and puree into a creamy potato soup.

Cranberry Sauce
Mix leftover cranberry sauce with mayo and use as a sandwich spread. Want extra spice? Turn up the heat by adding chopped jalapeno to leftover cranberries and whisk into your favorite salad dressing.

Make killer quesadillas using leftover stuffing, string beans, turkey, and cranberry sauce.

Recipe: Turkey Quesadillas

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