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12 Handy Recipes for Thanksgiving Leftovers

Can you believe Thanksgiving is only in four days?! That means in five days, it’s going to be time for stretchy pants and staring at the fridge thinking, “what do we do with all this turkey?!” Don’t worry, this week’s 12 series is here to help. After putting hours preparing that delicious Thanksgiving dinner, the last thing anyone would want to do is figure out more recipes for the leftovers. And so, here are 12 recipes inspired by Thanksgiving… and its aftermath.

1. Cranberry Sauce Muffins: If you don’t have any extra cranberry sauce, you might want to buy an extra can to make these amazing muffins. (Recipe and photo: The Hazel Bloom)

2. Turkey Fritters: Nothing like throwing together the leftover turkey with some cornbread stuffing, creamed onions, and some rice for an amazing fritter. Easy and delicious! (Recipe and photo: Know Whey)

3. Southwest Turkey Chopped Salad: If you’re feeling in the mood for a lighter meal after T-day, a fresh chopped salad definitely fits the bill. (Recipe and photo: Barefeet in the Kitchen

4. Candied Yam Empanadas: Too full to eat the pumpkin pie during Thanksgiving? No worries, take a second round at dessert with these sweet empanadas using leftover candied yams! (Recipe and photo: Domestic Fits)

5.  Duck Confit and Sweet Potato Latkes: Feeling in the mood to be fancy with your leftovers? Try whipping up a duck confit and sweet potato latke. You’re sure to impress all the family members and house guests with this extravagant “leftovers” meal.  (Recipe and photo: Voodoo and Sauce)

6. Turkey and Sweet Potato Croquettes with Cranberry Apple Salsa: Yum. Croquettes using turkey and sweet potatoes. Perfect for next day dinner potlucks. (Recipe and Photo: The Galley Gourmet)

7. Curried Turkey Pot Pie: Thanksgiving means winter. Winter means cold. Cold means it’s time to make a hearty meal to warm your bones… i.e. curried turkey pot pie.  (Recipe and photo: Pass the Sushi)

8. Thanksgiving Tostada: Spice it up with an unexpected twist and make Thanksgiving tostadas. (Recipe and photo: Family Fresh Cooking)

9. Red Curry with Turkey, Sweet Potato, and Bok Choy: A super creative take on leftovers by using up those extra sweet potatoes and putting it in curry. Brilliant! (Recipe and photo: Healthy Green Kitchen)

10. Turkey Chili: Fortunately, this chili is low maintenance. Toss together the ingredients for this flavorful chili and let it simmer while you plan your mode of attack for Black Friday.  (Recipe and photo: Kitchen Konfidence)

 

11. Turkey Apple Salad Panini: Take a seat, relax, and let the panini press do all the work by assembling this fresh turkey apple salad panini. (Recipe and photo: Panini Happy)

12. Breakfast Hash with Cheddar Mashed Potato Pancakes: You’re going to need to fuel up to deal with those Black Friday crowds, so start the day off with a hearty breakfast hash. (Recipe and photo: How Sweet It Is)

How do you deal with those leftovers? We’d love to hear. Give us a holler in the comments below or over on Facebook or Twitter