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Six Ways To Transform Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

Thanksgiving means friends, family, and lots and lots of food. For all those dishes that you can't quite finish on the big day, repurpose them into delicious new meals for the next week!
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Leftover Lovers

It’s the day after Thanksgiving. Bleary-eyed, you scratch your belly and open your fridge to find a half-eaten turkey, a sad-looking mound of day-old mashed potatoes, and a bowl of congealed cranberry sauce. What to do with all these leftovers? With a wave of a wand, SideChef is here to give your cold leftovers a second life by turning them into hearty breakfasts, delicious gourmet sandwiches, Caribbean soups and more!

1. Cold Turkey

For a great start to the day, make Turkey, Avocado, Cranberry, and Brie Waffle Melts for breakfast. You’ll be using up not just the turkey leftovers, but also the cranberry sauce and the mashed potatoes! Two turkeys, one stone.

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Turkey, Avocado, Cranberry, and Brie Waffle Melts
Half Baked Harvest

Also known as the ultimate Thanksgiving Leftover Melt, this recipe uses mashed potatoes (in the waffles!!), leftover turkey, cranberry sauce, brie, and some bacon and egg if you are into it.

If you’re feeling peckish and want a quick fix, why not make an Apple Turkey Melt? The apple slices and Gouda give the turkey a fresh makeover.

CHEESEEASY
Apple Turkey Melt
Fork vs Spoon

This simple and delicious sandwich utilizes staple items that, when thrown together, make for a quick dinner on the go, one that is filling and feels a tad bit luxurious to boot!

Or perhaps you’d like to transport yourself somewhere warmer, like the Caribbean? You can add leftover turkey to this rich Caribbean Smoked Turkey Soup. The dasheen, eddoes, okra, and herbs are what make this soup taste so exotic.

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GLUTEN-FREESUGAR-FREE
Pot Pie Soup with Turkey Leftovers
Jessica Gavin

This potpie is loaded with goodness and super comforting, so don’t be surprised if you get a case of the sleepies after you’ve done damage on a bowl.

2. Taters For Laters

Put those sad spuds in this Sweet and Gold Mashed Potato Pie. If you have any stuffing leftover, you can also throw it in!

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Sweet & Gold Mashed Potato Pie
StreetSmart Kitchen

Whether you will be dealing with three birds, one bird, or no birds at all for Thanksgiving, this Sweet & Gold Mashed Potato Pie can make your special day (or days after) remarkable!

Alternatively, ball up your mashed potato leftovers and deep fry them, like in this Deep Fried Mashed Potato Balls recipe! Who doesn’t love fried food?

BUDGET-FRIENDLYSUGAR-FREE
Deep Fried Mashed Potato Balls
Betty's Kitchen

Everyone's favorite side dish, now deep-fried! This is a great accompaniment to any dish you would serve with potatoes, or as a party appetizer with your favorite dipping sauce.

3. Berry Sweet

Use any leftover cranberry sauce as substitute for jam. Spread it on some toast or use it as filling for a simple cake, such as this Classic Vanilla Cake, or as a topping for ice cream.

GLUTEN-FREEQUICK AND EASY
3 Ingredient Cranberry Sauce
SideChef

This 3-ingredient cranberry sauce is a quick and easy Thanksgiving accompaniment you can whip up in less than 20 minutes.

BUDGET-FRIENDLYEASTER
Classic Vanilla Cake
SideChef

Fresh and light, and infinitely better than store-bought, this Classic Vanilla Cake makes the best base for any delicious fillings or toppings you whip up.

Bon Appétit!

And there you have it! With any luck, you’ll be able to clear out your fridge in no time!

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