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Tasty Tuesday: Thanksgiving Leftovers 5 Ways

thanksgiving leftovers

Thanksgiving in my family usually means 2 full days of driving from one corner of the city to another, in order to see the whole family. So as much as I love turkey, dressing, and mashed potatoes, by the end of the second day I am pretty much burned out on it. (At least until Christmas Day, anyway!) 

And because of all the different dinners we attend, we get sent home with tons of leftovers. I try to come up with clever ways to prepare them, so that I don’t have to hear the kids moaning, “Turkey again!?” 

Here are 5 easy, tasty ways to makeover your leftovers: 

1. Enchilada Casserole

Put a South-of-the-Border spin on your leftover turkey. In a 9×13 baking dish, layer corn tortillas, followed by shredded turkey, cheddar and jack cheeses, and a cup of  this delicious scratch-made Red Chile sauce. Repeat with more tortillas, turkey, cheese, and chile sauce until pan is full, ending with tortillas and remaining chile sauce. Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes or until bubbly and cheese is melted. Serve with sliced avocados, sour cream, and pico de gallo!

2. BBQ Sliders

Shred up that turkey, toss it with your favorite bottled or homemade BBQ sauce, and spoon it into some leftover dinner rolls. Serve with potato chips and coleslaw. If you’re lucky enough to have a smoked turkey at your celebration, this is an absolutely amazing way to serve the leftover meat! 

3. Turkey Soup

If you have the whole bird-bones and all-taking up real estate in your fridge, turn it into a rich turkey stock with this simple method: Homemade Bone Broth Then just add your favorite soup ingredients-turkey, noodles, carrots, potatoes, you name it! Be sure to put some of the broth aside and freeze for use in other recipes. 

4. Bahn Mi Sammies

Bahn Mi is a Vietnamese pulled-pork sandwich (or sometimes pork, chicken, or liver pate…mmm…) topped with pickled vegetables, cilantro, and a spicy mayonnaise-type dressing. To make a turkey-fied version, thinly slice 1 cucumber, grate 1 carrot, and slice 2-3 radishes into a large bowl. Sprinkle with a bit of salt and toss together. Toss with 1 TBS each canola oil and rice vinegar, and 1 tsp sugar. Allow to marinate in the fridge for several minutes while you prepare the sandwiches. Make the spicy mayo by drizzling Sriracha into a scoop of mayo until it’s to your liking. Slice open a few Kaiser rolls, hot dog buns, whatever soft fluffy rolls you’ve got, and spread with plenty of mayo. Add shredded turkey and marinated veggies, along with some fresh cilantro if you like. If you really want a spicy kick, slice up some fresh jalapeños in there, too. 

5. Mashed Potato Latkes

The first night of Hanukkah coincides with Thanksgiving this year…a once-every-70,000 years phenomenon! So celebrate Thanks-aunukkah (Hans-giving?) by whipping those leftover spuds into some crispy, yummy potato pancakes. Measure out 2 c. of cold mashed potatos, and add. minced onion, salt and pepper to taste, and a tablespoon of dried or fresh parsley. Mix well with your hands and form into patties. Heat 2-3 TBS canola oil in a large skillet over med heat, and fry patties for 3 minutes or so on each side until they are crispy, hot, and golden brown. Enjoy them with a side of applesauce or topped with sour cream. Great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! 

 And if you’ve still got a fridge full of leftovers after trying some of these, here’s another great idea from last year that is quick and easy, and a beautiful presentation: Turkey Wreath

Happy Thanksgiving from!