Devouring a full plate of your Thanksgiving feast favorites is one of the many pleasures of the Holidays. But, once the house quiets down and you awake from your food coma, you’re left with an overabundance of turkey and side dishes.
You are welcome to eat turkey sandwiches for the rest of the weekend if you’re into that. However, if you are hoping for some bizarrely delicious ways to eat those leftovers, we’ve got some interesting ideas. Ever heard of turkey tacos and cranberry salsa? Or how about fried mashed potato balls? Let’s dive in and learn about these unique dishes.
Leftover Stuffing Waffles with Syrup...I Mean Gravy
Turkey and Stuffing Eggs Benedict (with Handcrafted Patties)
Taco Tuesday...On Friday or Saturday
Another Casserole...But This One is Worth it!
Fried Mashed Potato Balls; Because Anything Fried Tastes Delicious
Thanksgiving Egg Rolls, Umm Yes Please
Thanksgiving Turkey Gumbo
Crispy Mashed Potato and Stuffing Patties
Ever try putting random foods in your waffle iron? Well, you can put just about anything in there, including stuffing! After mixing your leftover stuffing with parsley and eggs, you’ll plop some of the mixture in and close the iron.
Cuisinart Classic Waffle Maker
Thanksgiving leftover waffles? Sure, why not?
Wait as your iron begins to sizzle and remind you of your favorite turkey day component! Your filling will turn into a beautiful golden brown waffle and taste perfect with a scoop of mashed potatoes and gravy. Add a dollop of cranberry sauce for the perfect tangy finish.
Get the Recipe: Food Network
Here’s another breakfast with a twist; that is if you can bear to eat another plate of leftovers. This one screams unique, with handmade stuffing patties, poached eggs, and all the rich flavors of freshly made hollandaise sauce.
Utopia Kitchen Nonstick Saucepan Set
Poach the perfect egg.
Side Note: Before placing your eggs into the simmering water, add a tablespoon or two of white vinegar. This will help keep your eggs from dispersing in the water, and will firmly hold the white together.
Top your stuffing patty with sliced turkey, a poached egg, and drizzled hollandaise. Enjoy as the warm canary-yellow yolk flows over the rest of your dish, making each bite rich and creamy.
Get the Recipe: Taste of Home
We certainly don’t recommend waiting until the Tuesday after Thanksgiving to try these. By then, you’ll likely need to ditch your leftovers. This would, however, make a lovely Friday or Saturday evening meal.
Colorful Taco Holder Stands
Display those Thanksgiving tacos in style.
The corn tortillas make for the perfect bundle of turkey, cheese, and tart cranberry salsa. Enjoy each bite with freshly chopped lettuce and cilantro.
Get the Recipe: Simply Recipes
The only thing wild about this recipe is how tasty each bite is, and yes, we know it’s another casserole. But, if you are one of those people who dream about Thanksgiving spread coming around more than once a year, this dish is a great way to explore that fantasy.
Pyrex Basics 3 Quart Glass Oblong Baking Dish
Get to baking!
You will have a chance to enjoy all of your favorite dishes in one bite over and over again. Layered mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, and turkey blanketed with leftover stuffing. You may even make your very own rendition with other ingredients throughout the year.
Get the Recipe: Fav Family Recipes
Do you know what comes after Thanksgiving? Football Sunday, which means appetizers galore. What better way to put your extra mashed potatoes to use, than rolling them into bite-size balls and frying them up?
Lodge 15-Inch Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron Skillet
Fry these babies up in a cast iron skillet.
Loaded with Colby jack and cheddar cheese, green onions, and bacon, each bite provides a burst of flavor in your mouth. The panko bread crumbs make for the perfect crunchy coating too. So, dip these in a ramekin of ranch dressing and enjoy munching on these during the game.
Get the Recipe: The Cookie Rookie
The author of this recipe took leftovers to another level by loading eggrolls with turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberries, and stuffing. No need to stop there, though. Corn, green bean casserole, and diced carrots would go great too.
Secura 1700-Watt Stainless-Steel Triple Basket Electric Deep Fryer
Sometimes you just need to deep fry something.
Watch the video for extra support on how to wrap an eggroll together and save some gravy for dipping.
Get the Recipe: Delish
This cozy meal is popping with flavor and brings out the best of leftovers in this Festive version. Bell peppers, Brussels sprouts, tomatoes, and garlic blend nicely with the oregano, thyme, and basil.
Cooks Standard 8-Quart Classic Stainless Steel Stockpot
Make jumbos and soups in this stock pot.
You’ll love flooding your mashed potatoes with this flavorful stew-like dish, but you are more than welcome to put it on top of rice if you’d rather go more traditional.
Get the Recipe: Half Baked Harvest
Here’s a simple yet yummy way to use stuffing and mashed potatoes. You’ll learn to form small patties using mashed potatoes, stuffing eggs, and chopped turkey then fry them in butter.
Try these with scrambled eggs and leftover gravy for a fun day-after breakfast.
Get the Recipe: Taste of Home
If you’re looking for creative ways to use Thanksgiving leftovers, these recipes will do the trick!