If you’re anything like me, on Friday you’ll be up to your ears in Thanksgiving leftovers on Friday.
I’m talking mounds of turkey stuffed into tupperware dishes. Cold mashed potatoes that will never taste as good as they did on Thanksgiving. Half eaten pies taking up valuable real estate in your fridge.
Thanksgiving is a feast that leaves a little bit left behind when it’s all said and done. Thankfully, you’ve got me to guide you through getting rid of those leftovers—in a delicious and unique way.
These are my 7 favorite ways to use up those leftovers. Most of these recipes are tried-and-true (turkey tortellini tettrazzini!) and some are a little out there, but trust me; these will get your family back to the dinner table quicker than that fresh Thanksgiving turkey did.
#7 Cran-Apple Turkey Skillet
Not only are you using up leftover turkey, but the stuffing, too! Skip step 1 (since your turkey is already cooked) and enjoy this festive skillet dinner.
#6 Chicken Noodle Casserole
Use leftover shredded turkey instead of chicken for this homey noodle casserole. A great way to use up a big portion of leftover turkey, and any carrots or peas you might have served with your Thanksgiving meal.
#5 Chicken & Sun-Dried Tomato Frittata
Using turkey for breakfast?! Trust me on this one. Substitute your cooked turkey for the chicken and indulge in this rich frittata.
#4 Turkey and Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie
No turkey leftovers, but a ton of sides lingering in your fridge? Have no fear! Put those sweet potatoes to good work with this hearty shepherd’s pie.
#3 Thanksgiving Turkey Pot Pie
Use up almost ALL of your leftovers for one casserole. Leftover turkey, leftover potatoes, leftover green beans—you name it. I’ve made this several times after the holiday and it’s always a hit.
#2 BBQ Chicken & Sweet Potato Layered Enchiladas
This one is a bit of a wild card, but hear me out. One of the best things to do with leftover turkey is use it for enchiladas, and this sweet and spicy version really hits the spot. Bonus points: use up some sweet potatoes, too!
#1 Turkey Tortellini Tetrazzini
This casserole is the OG in my household. I’ve been making it with leftovers for YEARS, and it never fails to be a massive hit. Plus, it gets rids of a ton of turkey.
That’s it! You should be able to find a great way to use those Thanksgiving leftovers on Friday or this weekend. And stay tuned—I’ll have the BEST way to use up HAM leftovers later this week.