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14 fabulous, easy recipes for Thanksgiving dinner leftovers

The days after Thanksgiving can be a bit of food bore if you don't know how to create new flavors from the leftover turkey, vegetables, and stuffing. 

But fear not, home cooks. These 14 easy recipes will make turn Thursday's bird into in a brand new flavorful feast. 

And who knows? These unique recreations might even be better than the originals.

  • 1. Warm Potato and Turkey Salad

    Warm Potato and Turkey Salad

    Lea Berman, America's Table

    Try a refreshing way to use up those leftover potatoes and turkey. Calling all veggie lovers: this recipe has asparagus and baby spinach, and lovely little potatoes coated in an easy mustard-honey dressing. 

    Recipe: Warm Potato and Turkey Salad

  • 2. Pile High Turkey Sandwich

     Pile High Turkey Sandwich

    Stew Leonard's

    Meat lovers rejoice. Don't be afraid to stack this turkey sandwich sky-high. Homemade cranberry mustard and apple compote give this sandwich a tangy fruity kick.

    Recipe: Pile High Turkey Sandwich

  • 3. Arlington Club Roasted Root Vegetable Salad

    Arlington Club Roasted Root Vegetable Salad

    Arlington Club

    This hearty side is perfect for any autumn vegetable lover.

    Recipe: Roasted Root Vegetable Salad

  • 4. Turkey Soup with Avgolemono & Orzo (Soupa Avgolemono)

    Turkey Soup with Avgolemono & Orzo (Soupa Avgolemono)

    Michael Psilakis

    Avgolemono is a classic Mediterranean style sauce made with eggs and lemon, giving a unique creamy brightness to this hearty soup. 

    Recipe: Turkey Soup with Avgolemono & Orzo

  • 5. Thanksgiving Leftover Macaroni & Cheese

    Thanksgiving Leftover Macaroni & Cheese

    Michael Ferraro Delicatessen

    This is definitely the cheesiest way to polish off any food left behind. 

    Recipe: Thanksgiving Leftover Macaroni & Cheese

  • 6. Turkey Fried Rice

    Turkey Fried Rice

    Dream Downtown

    This versatile recipe allows you to choose your favorite leftovers. Serve this dish as a side or main course.

    Recipe: Turkey Fried Rice

  • 7. Arlington Club Turkey Shepherd's Pie

    Arlington Club Turkey Shepherd's Pie

    Arlington Club

    A one-dish wonder to satisfy any of your holiday food cravings. 

    Recipe: Turkey Shepherd's Pie

  • 8. Recette Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich

    Recette Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich

    Recette

    Recreate the sweet and savory flavors of turkey day with this simple sandwich.

    Recipe: Recette Thanksgiving Sandwich

  • 9. Chef Mimi's special ​after-​Holidays easy turkey cake with fennel apple cabbage slaw

    Chef Mimi's special ​after-​Holidays easy turkey cake with fennel apple cabbage slaw

    Chef Mimi

    Just like crab cakes but with a Thanksgiving turkey twist.

    Recipe: Easy turkey cake with fennel apple cabbage slaw

  • 10. Wild Rice And Tarragon Turkey Salad

    Wild Rice And Tarragon Turkey Salad

    Gatheredtable

    Have any left over turkey? Or want to try an alternative to the traditional holiday main course? This delicious turkey salad by Gatheredtable will delight and impress your guests.

    Recipe: Wild Rice and Tarragon Turkey Salad

  • 11. Roasted Squash Quinoa Salad

    Roasted Squash Quinoa Salad

    Gatheredtable Test Kitchen

    Use any leftover squash or roasted pumpkin to add layers of taste and texture to a traditional hearty fall salad. 

    Recipe: Roasted Squash Quinoa Salad

  • 12. Day After Turkey Reuben Sandwich

     Day After Turkey Reuben Sandwich

    Stew Leonard's

    For that “Straight From Your NYC Deli” taste, the Day After Turkey Rueben Sandwich will hit the spot.  Rye bread, combined with melted cheese, and all of your festive favorites (gravy, stuffing and cranberry sauce) makes for that food for the soul kind of sandwich.  

    Recipe: Turkey Reuben Sandwich

  • 13. Roasted Cranberry & Brie Grilled Cheese

    Roasted Cranberry & Brie Grilled Cheese

    CookingStoned.tv

    Salty, creamy brie cheese makes a delicious combination with many different fruits. Use up leftover cranberry sauce to make a delightfully sweet and tangy spread in this gourmet grilled cheese. 

    Recipe: Roasted Cranberry & Brie Grilled Cheese

  • 14. Deviled Ham Eggs

    Deviled Ham Eggs

    AP

    Leftover ham will add a meaty flair to this classic deviled egg recipe.

    Recipe: Deviled Ham Eggs