5 Ways to Transform Your Thanksgiving Leftovers Into an Entirely New Dish

We all love Thanksgiving dinner , but no matter how good it is, eating the same meal for two, three or even four days can be a real drag. This year, use these recipes to transform those leftovers into something entirely new.

1. Leftover Pot Pie

Make a pot pie with fresh veggies and a generous helping of turkey and gravy. It's basically a gourmet meal, so you won't even notice it's made with a couple of leftover ingredients.

Sure, you can heat your Thanksgiving leftovers and eat them as-is. But why not totally transform those veggies, turkey and gravy into an entirely new meal? That's where leftover pot pie comes in — consider it an easy and delicious way to upcycle your Turkey Day scraps into something you actually want to eat.

2. Stuffed Buns

These look like ordinary buns, but when you take a bite you're greeted with turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and whatever other Turkey day munchies you bake into 'em. Serve them with dinner over the weekend, or snack throughout the day for a heartier treat.

With just a simple dough recipe, you can make a dish that puts Thanksgiving leftover sandwiches to shame. These stuffed buns are the perfect way to use up your extra turkey, veggies, stuffing — you name it! Plus, no two buns will be exactly the same, so biting into one is sure to be a tasty surprise.

3. Thanksgiving Croissants

This follows the same idea as the stuffed buns above, but with a slightly fancier spin. After all, you can make your croissants from scratch ! Not in the mood to go all-out? Nab store-bought crescent rolls — it'll be our little secret.

There's nothing better than digging into a delicious Thanksgiving dinner, but no matter how hard you try, there always seems to be a ton of leftovers. And while there are plenty of creative ways to use those leftovers — no microwaved turkey and congealed gravy for you! — this recipe, inspired by Momofuku Milk Bar in New York City, transforms them into delicious Thanksgiving croissants. Bon appétit!

4. Thanksgiving Leftover Pizza

For an extra creative spin on leftovers, why not turn your turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce into pizza? It's pretty genius because, well, you know all the flavors go together already. All you gotta do is make sure to pre-bake that crust so your already-cooked toppings don't dry out.

Think sandwiches are the only way to make Turkey Day leftovers meal-worthy? No way. Load 'em up on a homemade pizza crust and bake until toasty. A hearty meal like this is sure to keep you warm all day long.

5. Leftover Taco Fillings

Here's the thing about Thanksgiving leftovers: you can combine them in so many ways. And if you wrap 'em in a corn tortilla , you've got a no-fail Friday dinner. Mix and match ingredients until you find the perfect balance of turkey, veggies and cranberry sauce to satisfy your cravings.

Two words: Holiday. Tacos. Using scraps from your Christmas or Thanksgiving dinner is a no-fail way to make easy and yummy taco fillings, all wrapped neatly together in a tortilla. You can use anything you've got stored in the fridge, but these combos are exceptionally delicious.

November 06, 2019
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