Creative Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas

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Author: Serena Berrey | Editor: Elizabeth Zuponcic 

Celebrate the day AFTER Thanksgiving with these creative leftovers recipes!

During a busy fourth quarter filled with qualitative market research recruitment, we’re offering some creative Thanksgiving leftovers ideas from our team for the extras sitting in your fridge post-Thanksgiving! Amidst busy work days, we understand that a lot of effort goes into preparing the meal; we certainly don’t want any of it to go to waste! These recipes are simple, resourceful, and require minimal effort so you can relax after your post-Thanksgiving craziness.

First, make sure you have some Thanksgiving leftovers to use. These can be any kind of leftover food, such as potatoes, stuffing/dressing, gravy, turkey, ham etc; these are all great candidates for leftover recipes you can make with friends and family the next day! Engage your creativity and utilize the extras so you can make the most out of your hard-work cooking. There are so many delicious and unique ways to prepare this traditional holiday food the day after as well. 

Here are some of our favorite recipes from our team and their families at Focus Insite:

Thanksgiving Sandwiches: Brilliant way to transform your meat and side dishes into a meal. 

“Take really good bread and pile it high with the leftover turkey, dressing/stuffing, mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and gravy. You can do any variation of this but it’s really good! You can have all of the Thanksgiving flavors in one bite especially if you don’t feel like cooking after Thanksgiving day!” ~ Brittany Jones

These crunchy and delicious turkey salad sandwiches are made with leftover Thanksgiving turkey, dried cranberries, and celery. Simple, yet delicious, flavorful and resourceful when it comes to a great way to utilize your leftover Thanksgiving turkey.
Recipe Courtesy of AmysHealthlyBaking

Turkey and Dumplings: A hearty and comforting dish made with leftover turkey. 

“This seemed like such a warm, comforting way to utilize my leftover Thanksgiving turkey in a way that is different, but simple. It really puts you in the mood for the cozy holiday season!” ~ Laura Bryant

Turkey and dumplings is a wonderful way to use up leftover turkey. It’s a hearty dish that can be served for breakfast, brunch or dinner. This dish has been around for quite a while; a classic that will taste just as good (if not better) the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th time around.
Recipe Courtesy of HalfBakedHarvest

Thanksgiving in a Blanket: Crescent rolls with the thanksgiving leftovers inside.

“I like to take the present rolls and place the leftovers inside; then, I wrap them in a ring and put container of gravy in the middle. Great for parties!” ~ Karen Bakowski

This creative way to incorporate many complimentary Thanksgiving leftover dishes is a great option for putting a twist on serving a larger crowd or party the same food in a new and delicious way.
Recipe Courtesy of TheCuriousPlate.

Twice-Baked Mashed Potatoes: Using mashed potatoes and adding a simple flare with a few simple ingredients.

“Mashed potatoes are amazing, but eventually you get tired of eating them plain and want to spice them up. These twice-baked mashed potatoes prove you can’t go wrong with bacon, cheese and chives.” ~ Serena Berrey

These twice-baked mashed potatoes will have you wishing you made them this way the first time you prepared your Thanksgiving mashed potatoes. They’re creamy, cheesy and will help you relax and reminisce about your busy, feast-filled holiday.
Recipe Courtesy of

We hope you attempt one of our team’s favorite ways to utilize leftovers! These are just a few ideas for creative ways to enjoy your Thanksgiving leftovers until your grateful tummies are full of love and food this holiday season. Happy Thanksgiving from Focus Insite.

Let us know how we can be of assistance towards your qualitative market research recruitment project after a well-deserved holiday break!

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