Leftovers: What to do with your extra Thanksgiving food

Here are four recipes for all diets that will have you loving your leftovers. From breakfast to dessert, there is something for everyone.


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With Thanksgiving over, many Americans will have their fridges stuffed full with turkey, stuffing and cranberries. Having leftovers to eat is great, but eating the same meal over and over again can get a little dull. Here are four ways to spice up your Thanksgiving leftovers:

Turkey Cranberry Sandwich

This recipe is of my own creation.

What you’ll need:

Whole grain bread

Cheese (optional, but Havarti cheese works well)


Cranberry sauce

How to: Place a couple pieces of leftover turkey on a piece of bread. Add cranberry sauce and cheese of your choice if desired.

Apple Turkey Salad

This recipe is from InsideBruCrewLife.com, with some modifications.

What you’ll need:

3 cups cooked shredded turkey

¾ cup chopped pecans (optional)

2 celery stalks, diced

½ cup fresh finely diced parsley

1 cup diced apple chunks

½ cup mayonnaise

½ cup plain greek yogurt

Salt and pepper as preferred

How to: Combine everything together in a bowl, ensuring to stir until completely mixed. Refrigerate for a couple hours and then serve. Eat alone or on a King’s Hawaiian Roll.

Cranberry Cream Cheese

This recipe is of my own creation.

What you’ll need:

Cream cheese

Cranberries or cranberry sauce


How to: Mix cranberries or cranberry sauce into cream cheese. Enjoy spread on a bagel.

Pie Crust Cookies

This recipe is from CompletelyDelicious.com.

What you’ll need:

Pie crust scraps

1 tablespoon water

1 egg (Can be substituted for applesauce)

Sugar or cinnamon-sugar, for sprinkling

How to: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Collect pie crust scraps and roll into a ball. Roll dough on floured surface until ¼ inch thick. Cut into shapes and place on a cookie pan lined with parchment paper. Then, stir together water and egg. Brush onto dough, then sprinkle on sugar/cinnamon-sugar as desired. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

With the help of these recipes, dining on leftovers for a week after a Thanksgiving meal might not be as dull.

Edited by Janae McKenzie | jmckenzie@themaneater.com

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