What to Do With Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

You’ve stuffed your face, taken a turkey nap, had a glass (or four) of wine, and then repeated. At the end of all the thanks you’ve given for sweat pants and loose-fitting hoodies, you think you will never want to do that to yourself again. Wrong. After that thought passes, you are faced with a turkey hangover and some potentially awesome leftovers the next day. What to do with them?! Yeah, sure you can heat them up and eat them again, but why not try giving your leftovers a little face lift this year? Put the turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce and whatever traditional or non-traditional Thanksgiving items you’ve made in an elegant spotlight and do something creative with them. We’ve picked our 6 favorite leftover recipes for you to try out.

Gin and Cranberry Sauce Sparkling Cocktail

Cranberry Gin Drink

What You Need

  • 1 ounces of gin
  • 1/2 ounce of Cointreau
  • 2  ounces of leftover cranberry sauce
  • Sparkling wine

Make the Gin and Cranberry Sauce Sparkling Cocktail

1. Add ice, gin, Cointreau and your leftover cranberry sauce into a martini shaker.

2. Shake till cold.

3. Strain into a martini or champagne flute.

4. Top off with sparkling wine.

5. Garnish with fresh cranberries or lemon twist

It’s great with brunch!

Recipe by ForknPlate.com

The Turkey Breakfast Sandwich with a Poached Egg

turkey sand

What You Need:

  • Biscuits (Pillsbury ones in the can are totally fine)
  • Poached eggs (This is easier than you think- watch our video)
  • Turkey
  • Stuffing
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Mashed potatoes

Make the Sandwich:

1. Bake your biscuits.

2. Heat all of your ingredients up.

3. Poach your eggs, you can fry or scramble as well.

4. Layer this sandwich how you want and top with a poached egg.

We do this every year. It’s life changing and you can do it hung over.

Recipe by ForknPlate.com

Next-Day Turkey Soup with Mashed Potato Polpetti (Fancy Word for Patty)


We love this recipe by Chef Michael Chiarello because you can’t really mess it up and you can use pretty much whatever you have left over. You make a turkey stock essentially and throw in all your left over sides and your shredded turkey. The polpetti is bad ass to because it’s basically fried mashed potatoes with cheese and so delicious. Who doesn’t love fried mashed potatoes?! If you are too lazy to make the soup at least give the polpetti a whirl and top with cranberry sauce. It’s good.


Sweet Potato and Toasted Pecan Grilled Cheese

Sweet Potato Grilled Cheese

We love Chef Jeff Mauro, not only because he seems like a giant teddy bear, but because he comes up with awesome leftover sandwiches like this. You can use this recipe and your leftover sweet potatoes, or even make your own version and use this as inspiration for your own thanksgiving leftover grilled cheese. You can’t go wrong with cheese (unless you’re lactose).


Turkey Skin Chips

turkey skin

This recipe from Bon Appetit Magazine got our attention because there is nothing better than crispy turkey skin. This is a brilliant idea to crumble and top off your turkey tacos with or to layer it between a beet salad. These would also be an awesome topping for your massive turkey sandwich to give it some crunch. Try it.


Turkey Tostadas with Spicy Cranberry-Chipotle Sauce 

Turkey Tostadas

Sometimes you just want Mexican, even after Thanksgiving. This is a recipe from Southern Living magazine that will help you morph your leftovers into awesome tostadas. The sauce is pretty creative as well. Sometimes you just want a little spice and this recipe will leave you feeling spicy. Try it.




Davina has an unquenchable passion for all things food and drink. You can find her creating cocktails, bar consulting or cooking up some delicious things in NYC. She loves practical jokes, coffee and rocking onsies.